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Timely Defrags

Timely Defrags

First of all, if you’re not sure what defragmentation means, please read here before you continue on with this tip. Then once you have the basics down, please read on! Alright, so it seems like I’ve had a lot of people ask me lately how often they should defrag their computer. That’s a legit question and since so many of you want to know, I’m not going to waste any more time before I tell you. This is some very important information, so please keep reading if you care about your computer even in the least bit. Here we go!

Basically, how often you should defrag your computer depends on what you use your PC for. If you only use it for a few simple tasks, you probably won’t need to run the defrag as often. On the other hand, if you use your computer for some major duties, you’ll need to run it more. For example, maybe you only use your computer to send and receive e-mails, play a few games here and there, create a few Word documents or to just simply surf the Web. If that’s the case, you can probably get by with defragging once a month or so. But, if you use your computer to play games all day long, download all kinds of music, videos and movies or if you create high-end graphics, you should defrag at least once a week.

Again, it all just depends on what you do with your PC. If you run it really hard most of the time, there will be a lot more data stored in your system that will need to be defragged. That way, everything will be neatly organized and ready for your next endeavor. All in all, the more you defrag, the longer your hard drive will function in top speed for you. Otherwise, it could run ragged and really start to bog you down too. One last thing: Just in case you’re not sure how to get to the defrag window, go to Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Disk Defragmenter. Now you have no excuses left for not running your defrag. Get it done!

~ Erin