What is Disk Defragmenter and How to Run it in Windows 7?

What is disk defragmenter? Stating it simply, it’s a hard disk manager that facilitates due space to operating system, application software, drivers, firmware, security software, and other IT components on the system’s data storage disk that are required by the user to make judicious use of the computer. By doing so it makes sure that the hardware resources of the computer are utilized in a planned way to let the user stay productive, connected and entertained. In the absence of it, there could be a chaotic situation on the disk with files and folders lying here and there, which in turn would make the operating of a PC rather difficult. The scene of the hard disk would resemble a room where its inhabitant has failed to keep things organized properly.

Tracking the origin of disk defragmenter, we find its debut with IBM PC DOS operating system in 1982. It was dubbed as Disk Volume Organization Optimizer that was used to defragment the floppy disk. For millennials, floppy disk would be an alien term, but those from Generation Y don’t need any introduction of it. It was actually the storage space akin to today’s hard disk, CD/DVD, USB drive, etc. Microsoft for a considerable period remained dependent upon Symantec for disk defragmenter utility. The Windows prototype of it came in Windows DOS in the form of File System Control (FSCTL) commands, which underwent transformation over the years to take the shape of the present day’s disk defragmenter. Its graphical user-interface made the utility quite popular among non-technical users. The first GUI-based disk defragmenter appeared in Windows 95 in 1995. In the course of time, the Windows repair utility has gone better and better with every newly released Windows version. Disk Defragmenter Windows 7 is a powerful tool that can defragment multiple volumes of the disk simultaneously. It works seamlessly with HDD (Hard Disk Drive) and SDD (Solid State Drive) both drive formats. The tool can defragment files residing in the Recycle Bin or files that are in use. Unlike earlier disk defragmenter versions that were competent in defragmenting local disk only, Windows 7 Disk Defragmenter can defragment network volumes, i.e. external storage devices and even those files that are encrypted. A user can also learn about the percentage of defragmentation achieved with different volumes or disks.

How to run disk defragmenter in Windows 7?

  1. Click the “Start” button.
  2. In the search box, type “Disk Defragmenter”, and then, in the list of results, click “Disk Defragmenter”.
  3. Under Current status, select the disk you want to defragment.
  4. To determine if the disk needs to be defragmented or not, click “Analyze disk”.
  5. Once the process completes, you can check the percentage of fragmentation on the disk in the Last Run column. Defragment the disk if the percentage is above 10.
  6. Click “Defragment disk”.

To make use of the tool, you must be logged in as a system administrator. However, if you encountered any error while doing so, get in touch with an expert at K9utilites. We are on the mission of making people the master of technology.

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