What the heck is disk defragmentation? Well, it’s basically the re-organization of data on your hard drive.

Imagine trying to find your car keys in a messy house: it takes a lot longer to find them because you have to sift through all sorts of other “stuff” to get to them. When your hard drive is fragmented, it has to search through thousands–even millions–of files before it can finally call upon the data you need at the moment.

When your disk has been “defragmented”, all the data has been neatly organized and placed in a common-sense area of the disk platter. That way, when you need to access that favorite photo or email, BOOM, you see it right away.

On Windows XP machines, you typically have to defragment manually. Go to START/ALL PROGRAMS/ACCESSORIES/SYSTEM TOOLS/DISK DEFGRAGMENTER. For Windows Vista/7, go to START and type “defragment”. Windows Vista/7 usually schedules disk defragmentation to occur once weekly, so you may not need to worry about running it yourself. But if you just finished moving and organizing a ton of files, it’s a great idea to do a manual defrag afterwards.

Happy ‘Putin

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