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Sep 25, 2011

How to Configure Disk Defragmenter Schedule in Windows 7

The post intends to help users automate the disk defragmenter utility to run in their Windows 7 computer. The methods described in the post are very simple and reliable. However, it is still recommended that users follow the instructions carefully to set the disk defragmenter schedule.

A built-in tool in Windows 7, disk defragmenter allows the fragmented data to be rearranged so that your hard disk drive and computer function more effectively and efficiently. Since the data on your hard drive gets defragmented when files are saved or installed, it takes hard drive a long time to access the files and make these available to Windows when needed. Disk defragmenter, thus, cleans the messed data and enhances the system performance. Though it is easy to automate disk defragmenter, you may still run into problems while doing so. Don’t worry. The below mentioned guide will help you do so without even contacting Microsoft technical support.

Note:- Before following the steps below, I do not recommend you doing this unless you are comfortable editing the Windows Settings. I will not responsible for any damage that may be caused to your PC after editing the settings by following the steps below. You proceed at your own risk or may take help from Microsoft Certified Technician at their Toll Free No. +1-877-452-9201


Steps to configure Configure Disk Defragmenter Schedule in Windows 7 :-
  • Click on the Start menu, type ‘defrag’ (without quotes and as is) in the Start Search menu, and then hit Enter on the keyboard. If prompted for a confirmation or admin password, then type the password to continue. 
  • If you have already configured a schedule and want to change it, then click on the Modify schedule button and then change schedule as desired. You can add more drives for disk defragmentation if you want. 
  • If you are doing it for the first time, then select any drive from under the Current status heading and click on the Configure schedule button. Choose the frequency of defragmentation from the dropdown menu next to How often, on which day, and at what time from their respective fields. Add more disks by hitting the Select disks button, put a checkmark next to the desired disks, and click on the OK button to close the Advanced Option window. When done, click on the OK button to close the window. This will now start automatic defragmentation on the desired date and time. 
  • Before clicking on the Configure schedule button, you can click on the Analyze disk button to determine whether a specific disk really needs to be defragmented or not. If the disk that was last run defragmentation on shows 10% or more under the Last Run column, then it should be defragmented again. Similarly check for other drives also. If any one of them shows more than the required amount under the same column, then it needs to be defragmented. 
Additional Tips:-
You can also manually defragment your disk(s) if you want. However, this may seem a bit tedious task as you will have to wait until the defragmentation process finishes.
Windows 7 usually runs an automatic defragmentation on all the drives in order to enhance the computer’s performance.

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