Defragmenting your drive??

One thing you really benefit from every month is "defragmenting" your hard drive. As you add, change, rearrange, and delete files, information stored on the hard drive, it can become very unorganized.

Information is stored in bits and pieces here and there so that Windows has to grab data from all over your hard drive when you open a file. That slows down the system. You can organize things by defragmenting your hard drive, which essentially puts pieces of individual files back together. When done, Windows can more easily and quickly access your files. You should defragment your drive at the end of every month.

How to defragment?

  1. Click Start>My Computer. If you have a My Computer icon on your desktop, you can double-click it. Windows displays the My Computer window.
  2. Right-click the drive you want to defragment and choose “Properties” from the context menu. 
  3. Windows displays the drive’s Properties dialog box. Click the Tools tab.
  4. Click Defragment Now.You see the Disk Defragmenter window.
  5. You can then defragment by clicking Defragment.

The process tends to take some time, depending on the information that is stored on your system. This is a time consuming activity but we recommend that you do it at least once a month.

After performing all these weekly and monthly tasks, your system should be moderately clean. Now, the next step is to speed up Windows XP by tweaking some settings.

Next - Improving the Windows performance! >>

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Table Of Contents

  1. How to clean up your Windows XP? - Introduction
  2. Before you do anything! - Precautions!
  3. Creating a cleaning schedule..for a fast PC
  4. Monthly cleaning tasks..
  5.      >> Getting rid of all the "Spyware"!!
  6.      >> Defragmenting your drive???
  7. Improving the Windows Performance! 
  8. Speeding up your PC's startup speed!