If you don’t know what “defrag” means, fear not!
Just know that Windows XP has a built-in program called, “Disk Defragmenter”. This program helps to keep your PC running smooth and increases it’sperformance. If you use your computer several hours a day, five days a week, I would run this maintenance task at least once a week or every two weeks.
The image above is what you will see when you defrag a drive. Red is bad, blue is good. You want to get rid of the red areas as much and as often as possible.
You can defrag your drive by clicking on the Start button, then choosing (All) Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and finally clicking on the Disk Defragmenter. Select the C drive then click Defragment (if you also have a D drive, defrag that one also). You can also access it by doing the following:
1. Open (double click) My Computer.
2. Right-click drive C (if you have a D drive do that one afterwards) then click Properties.
3. On the Tools tab, click Defragment Now.
4. Click Defragment.
Defragging a drive normally takes about an hour or so to complete depending on how often you defrag and how large and fragmented your disk drive is. I recommend to defrag your disk drive when you are not using your PC. One good reason to defrag your drive is because disk fragmentation (or when you do not defrag) leads to system slowdowns, PC crashes, slow startup and shutdown and sometimes to system failures.
What I do on my PC is schedule a weekly defragmentation on my drive so that I don’t have to worry about running this program every week. You could schedule it as well, here’s how. Once you get used to defragging your drive you may want to check out a Free program that was recommended by Cissy, one our readers. It does the same thing with a few extra bells and whisltes. Its called: Auslogics Disk Defrag CNetTV has a short video presentation of this product here: