How to: Defragment a computer's hard drive in Windows


NOTE: Defragmenting a hard drive can take up to several hours to complete.

1) Open the Start menu. Then, type Defragment and Optimize Drives and press the Enter key.

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2) Click to highlight the disk that you want to optimize. Then, click Optimize.

NOTE: You may need administrative privileges to continue.

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The hard drive is defragmented and will run more efficiently.