In an earlier post I discussed the installation of ram/memory into your system as a means to help speed up your system. Today I’d like to talk to you about a handy and useful program that every computer comes with: “Disk Defragmenter.”
What “Disk Defragmenter” does for you is that it will analyze your hard disk(s), checking your data to see how fragmented it is and put it back together for easier and faster access. in plain terms, I can best explain it this way. Your hard discs is made up of platens or discs, onto which your information or data is stored. these discs spin in speeds of 5400 – 10000 rpms, dependent upon the specs of your particle drive(s). as a result, you data is dropped or stored into the first space on your drive that it finds open. that space may not be big enough to hold the entire package of info so it drops what it can to fill the spot and moves onto the next empty space where it finishes the process of saving your info to the drive. over time, all of your files will be saved but if you could look at the discs visually and see how the data is stored, it would remind you of a puzzle, waiting to be assembled into a logical, identifiable picture.
This is where “Disk Defragmenter” comes in. It is your computer’s puzzle builder. It will analyze the data on your hard drive(s), locating all the pieces of each little puzzle and put them back together for you, resulting in an increase in speed and performance of your system, simply by allowing your computer to locate an entire package of data quickly and easily rather than having to locate many pieces and put them back together for your use.
Granted the computer does this quickly already, and faster than the human eye can see, but when you consider the size of drives nowadays and the amount of data we store on them, having the data sorted and whole, will result in a faster performance time which translates into a faster response time. just because we can’t see the difference, doesn’t mean it isn’t there.
Look at it this way. say you have a paper that you wrote that is 10 pages long. you file this paper into 10 different folders in your file cabinet, will it be faster to find the paper if you filed it altogether in one folder or have to look for each page separately? I realize this is a silly example but essentially this is how your disks store data. “Disk Defragmenter” simply takes the pages of your paper and puts them back together in one file or folder on the drive, making accessing this data quicker resulting in improved performance of your computer.
You can locate this on your computer by going into your start menu and clicking on “Programs – Accessories – System Tools – Disk Defragmenter.” Running this program once every other month or every 3 months will help keep your computer humming along quickly and easily.