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Simple Tips for Speeding Up Your Home PC
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Running the Disk Defragmenter in Windows 8


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Simple Tips for Speeding Up Your Home PC

with Laura Bungarz

Video: Running the Disk Defragmenter in Windows 8

So, now let's talk about how to actually get into the defragmenter and run it. So, in Windows 8, you're going to go to the Start menu and you're going to click on the "Search" at the top and you can just start typing the word "defragmenter", and what you're going to get is "Defrag and optimize your hard drives", and you're going to click on it. And it might take a couple of seconds to come up. So, what it's going to show you is a list of all of the hard drives that you have on your computer - C:, and this one has a D:, and then there's a recovery partition as well. So, C: is typical, that's where most of us, 99.9% of us are going to have Windows.

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Simple Tips for Speeding Up Your Home PC
45m 55s Appropriate for all Jul 09, 2014

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Is your computer sluggish? Cluttered? Bursting at the seams? In this course, author and computer teacher Laura Bungarz shares some of her favorite techniques to help you speed up your home PC. Learn about defragmenting, checking your RAM, sorting files, and using utilities you already have to clean up "behind the scenes." Laura will also provide tips on upgrading your computer and, if your budget permits, looking for a new PC.

Topics include:
  • Cleaning the desktop
  • Organizing files with folders
  • Using Disk Cleanup, msconfig, and Disk Defragmenter
  • Freeing up disk space
  • Buying and installing RAM
  • Upgrading your computer
Subjects:
Business Productivity Home + Small Office
Author:
Laura Bungarz

Running the Disk Defragmenter in Windows 8

So, now let's talk about how to actually get into the defragmenter and run it. So, in Windows 8, you're going to go to the Start menu and you're going to click on the "Search" at the top and you can just start typing the word "defragmenter", and what you're going to get is "Defrag and optimize your hard drives", and you're going to click on it. And it might take a couple of seconds to come up. So, what it's going to show you is a list of all of the hard drives that you have on your computer - C:, and this one has a D:, and then there's a recovery partition as well. So, C: is typical, that's where most of us, 99.9% of us are going to have Windows.

And there's three things here that we need to talk about. So, the first one is "Analyze". So, when you analyze, the computer basically checks itself. How defragmented am I? And so, you click "Analyze", and the thing will run for a couple of minutes, and it will analyze the hard drive, and what you're gonna see is it's going to say "0% fragmented". This computer doesn't get used very much. But what you might find at home is that you've got 50% fragmented. That's when you want to defrag your hard drive.

And then what you want to do is you want to optimize. That's the process of defragmentation. Remember to leave your computer on. Remember to plug in your laptop. Don't do this if you need your computer. If you haven't done it in a long time, it's going to take eight, ten, twelve hours, sometimes more. If you've never done it before, it could take a long time. The more fragmented your computer is, the longer this process is going to take, so make sure you allow time. One of the things that you can do to make sure this happens regularly, and some of you, it may be happening in the background and you may not even realize it, is scheduling.

So, all you gotta do is come down here and it says "Scheduled Optimization", and you just click "Change Settings", and "Run on a Schedule". "Frequency - Weekly." Just as I said, if you use your computer regularly, run it weekly. "Notify me if I miss three consecutive runs." Now, why would I miss one? Because the computer was off, is the major reason why you're going to miss a defrag. So, what you want to do is you want to tell your computer to go ahead and notify you. Now, if you don't use your computer regularly, set it for monthly.

And if you're a real big geek, you're going to set it for daily. Most of us don't ever need that. So, you want to set that up for yourself. Once you've run it, reboot your computer in the morning when you get up, and you'll probably find it's a tiny bit faster. Now you have organized piles of paper instead of chaos, and that's always a good thing.

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Q:  Can I defragment a solid-state hard drive?
A: It is not recommended to defragment a solid state drive (SSD). If you are confused about whether or not you have a solid state drive verses a standard hard drive there are a few ways to check. One way is to simply go into the Control Panel through your Start menu and go to the Device Manager. Look for the Disk Drive option, click the little plus (+) sign to the left of it and check the name of the hard drive listed. If it doesn't say outright one way or the other a simple Google search of the name of the hard drive will provide you with the information you need.
 
Another way to find it is by simply going into Computer or My Computer and right-clicking on your hard drive, probably C:. Under the Hardware tab it will tell you what type of hard drive you have. Again, if you're still unsure, do a simply Google search to find the information you need.
 
 
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