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Analyze It First

Analyze It First

If you’re a regular WorldStart newsletter reader, you know that we have preached and preached time and time again about how you should defrag your computer on a regular basis. You may be sick and tired of hearing us talk about it, but we promise, we’re only trying to help! Well, if you’re one who dreads the whole defrag process, I’ve got something for you today that may cheer you up just a bit. Keep reading for an awesome surprise!

What if I told you there was a way you could analyze your computer before you start the defrag to see if it really needs it or not? Would you be ecstatic or what? Well, prepare to be shocked, because that’s exactly what I’m telling you! Yes, that’s right, within the defrag procedure, there is an option that allows you to scan the various parts of your computer to determine if they really need to be defragged or not. To do this, you still need to get to the defrag window, so go to Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools and then click on the Disk Defragmenter option. That will then open the defrag dialogue box for you.

At the top of that window, you’ll see the different volumes contained on your computer (drive C:, drive K:, etc). You may have just a few or you might have several. Either way, just click on the one you’d like to analyze first to highlight it. Then go down and click on the Analyze button. A short scan will then go across your screen and once it’s done, a little box will pop up telling you whether or not you should defrag that particular section of your computer. You can do that for each part of your PC and then you’ll know for sure what needs to be defragged and what doesn’t. That way, you don’t have to waste your time defragging a part that doesn’t really need it. Is that too cool or what? Give it a try today!

~ Erin