The word “defragmenting” can easily confuse and frustrate even the most experienced computer user, especially if they are not familiar with the meaning behind the word or the importance behind the process itself overall. You may see notifications pop up on your computer desktop that urge you to defragment your computer system and have no idea what that even means.
Most computer users simply go with it anyway and choose to have their computers defragmented simply because they assume that it must be doing something good that is going to enhance the overall health and performance of their computer. However, if you ask them to elaborate what is involved with the defragmentation process in general, they may look at you like a deer stares at headlights. What is defragmenting? What happens within your computer during when this process is being completed? Why is it so important?
Why Defragmenting is Necessary
Defragmenting in general is a solution to a problem that is taking place within your computer. Therefore, the best way to explain the meaning behind defragmentation would be to first explain the problem that it is able to effectively solve. When you first buy your computer, there are hardly any files and folders saved to the hard drive. The majority of the files and folders that are already installed are system utilities, cache files and any software packages that you may have opted to have installed when you purchased it.
Over time, though, the files and folders that have accumulated within your hard drive since you first bought your computer will begin to break down into fragments. When that fragmenting process takes place, your files become shifted and disorganized which causes your system to slow down greatly because it has to spend more time locating these files within your system.
Finding a Pair of Misplaced Shoes
You can compare it to finding a pair of shoes that you have misplaced within your home instead of leaving them in their designated spot. By choosing to defragment your computer, then, allows your computer to gather those “misplaced shoes”, or files and programs, and reorganize them so that they are put back in the spots where they belong. This is why you will almost immediately notice a major difference in speed and overall performance of your computer after you have defragmented your hard drive.
How Can I Defragment My Computer?
Now that you know what it means to defragment your computer and are also aware of the overabundance of benefits that can be experienced by doing so, you are more than likely highly interested in finding out how this can be performed on your own computer system. If you are using a Microsoft Windows operating system, you will be able to quickly find your defragmenter tool with the “System Tools” category of your settings. You can also use the defrag command in your command prompt if you do not have a System Tools category available.
By making sure that you regularly defragment your computer, you are taking the steps necessary to keep your computer refreshed and rejuvenated so that it will also perform at its very best potential as long as you are using it.