Consolidating Scattered Files and Folders
Over time, as you add, move and remove files and folders on your PC, the bits
of data become scattered over the hard disk drive. This can slow down the
performance of the PC. With the Disk Defragmenter program you can gather these
bits of data together. This improves PC performance. Gathering your files and
folders with the Disk Defragmenter does not affect the way you have them
organised on your PC.
Using the Disk Defragmenter to gather the data on your PC may take a
long time to complete.
1 Close all programs running on your PC. This includes background programs,
such as virus scanners.
2 Click the Start menu, choose All Programs, choose Accessories, choose
System Tools and then click Disk Defragmenter.
3 Click Defragment.
4 Follow the onscreen instructions.
If Disk Defragmenter starts itself over and over, this means a hidden
background program is still running. To fix this issue, restart the PC and press F8
on your keyboard as soon as the first logo screen appears. On the Windows
Advanced Options menu, use the arrow keys to select Safe Mode and press
Enter. Press Enter again to select the operating system. Log on to Windows. When
the Desktop message appears, click Yes to continue in Safe Mode. After
Windows starts up, use the steps above to start Disk Defragmenter.
Improving PC Performance