You Are Here: Home» Windows Tips » Quickly Defragmenting Partitions In Windows 7 Method 1

When you make frequent writes and deletions from your hard disk, your disks will become fragmented with time. Fragmentation means that files are not consistent and not contiguous, and thus fragmentation of the disks will result in lower I/O performance. While in NTFS performance degradation is a lot lower than it was in FAT or FAT32 partitions, in order to prevent loss of performance over time, it is best to perform routine defragmentations of your partitions and hard disks.

There are several methods of performing defragmentations of partitions and hard disks. In this article I will list two of them.

Method 1 – Using the Built-In Windows 7 Defrag Tool

First, let me cover the internal Windows 7 tool that allows you to defrag your hard disks. This tool is a lot better than the one available in Windows Vista (at least in its design and in the way it works) but the built-in tool lacks many user options and that is why I offer Method #2, below.

To run the Windows 7 built-in defragmenting tool follow these steps:

Open Windows Explorer. Right-click the desired partition and select Properties.

In the Tools tab, click on Defragment Now.

Note: Since Windows Vista, the defrag tool is no longer available as an MMC snap-in.

BTW, you can reach the defrag tool by typing dfrgui in the Start menu search box.

The Disk Defragmenter tool opens. In it you can perform 3 major actions:
  • Analyze a partition or more
  • Perform a defragmentation action on a partition or more
  • Schedule a defragmentation action on a partition or more

To analyze a partition, select the partition to analyze and click on the "Analyze" button. Process will take a few moments, and will display a textual information message.

To defrag a partition, select the partition to analyze and click on the "Defragment disk" button. Process will take a several moments, depending on the size and disk usage of the partition. Unlike Windows Vista, in Windows 7 there will be a progress status update, telling you if not how much time is left, at least which % of the job was already done.

When completed, the % of the partition defragmentation status is displayed.

To schedule a partition defrag, click on the "Configure schedule" button.

In Windows 7 (like in most previous MS-based OSs), there is also a command line defragmentation tool called DEFRAG.exe which can be used to schedule defrag jobs and perform various actions. More on that in a different article.

Next another Tips Defrag
Tags: Windows Tips