Disk Defragmentation Best Practices For Optimal Defragmentation

disk defragmentation best practices

Disk Defragmentation has become one of the most important performance headache for the windows system. Disk fragmentation is one thing which can never be completely eliminated or ignored.

Ignore it for some time and you begin to notice your windows system misbehaving. Many still are not aware of Disk Defragmentation best practices.Today lets share a few Tips about Disk Defragmentation best practices.

But What is File Fragmentation ?

Lets try to understand what is file fragmentation. When we store a file (save), the file gets stored on the system on one or more allocation units. which depends on the size of the file and also on the size of the allocation units.

As we go on deleting files, uninstalling programs and side by side save files or install programs,files gets fragmented.

How ? Windows system surely does a neat job of saving your files randomly in empty blocks that it finds (left behind by deleted files). What happens is, a part of your file may be saved in one part of the disk and another part of the file somewhere else.

Result ! in a highly fragmented disk one file may be scattered all over the disk. This scattering of files is what we call as fragmentation. And defragmentation is the process of collecting the pieces of the same files and place them as close to each other as possible so it can be accessed at the shortest possible time so your computer runs fast. That’s in brief.

Disk Defragmentation Best Practices: Follow these simple rules.

1. Analyze A volume before defragmenting: Before you click on the Defragment button, first analyze the volume. The disk defragmenter after analysis will show a report about the percentage of fragmented files and folders and will also recommend whether or not to the volume requires defragmentation. A good practice would be to analyse a volume at least once a week. But a disk volume may get highly fragmented when a large number of files and folders are either deleted or added. So make it a point to analyze the volume and if necessary defragment the volume.

2. Make sure that 15% of free space is always there: A volume or a partition must have at least 15% of free space (that’s the minimum) for any Disk Defragmenter software to defragment completely. Remember Disk defragmenter uses this free space as a temporary sorting area for the file fragments. So if your disk volume goes below 15% than  do a disk clean up, delete unnecessary files or move files to another partition or disk.

3. Defragment Disk when you are not using your PC: It’s a good idea to defragment your disk during low usage period. Don’t use the PC during defragmentation. This will give the program full resources and also the defragmentation is faster and more complete. Never install or uninstall during defragmentation.

4. Always Defragment After installing Windows or any Software: Make it a habit to defragment your disk after installing a software or after any windows upgrade. After any installation or windows upgrade, volumes sometimes becomes fragmented. Defragmenting disk volumes will ensure your system files are not fragmented and improve performance.

These are some of the Disk defragmentation best practices. Follow these tips for optimal defragmentation of disk and a smooth faster PC.

Ben Jamir is the Founder and Author of Tipsnfreeware. He is a part time Blogger, sharing his experience and giving a Helping hand to Home users. You will find here the best Windows Tips,Tricks and quality Freeware.

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