This document pertains to HP Notebook PCs with Windows Vista and Windows 7.
Understanding disk defragmentation
Over time, your computer creates, deletes, and moves many different-sized files on your hard drive. This normal usage of your computer will leave fragments of files separated and disorganized.
Disk Defragmenter consolidates fragmented files and then rearranges them into continuous storage spaces. As a result, the hard drive operates faster and more efficiently. HP recommends defragmenting your hard drive at least once a month.
You may either set Disk Defragmenter to run on a schedule (recommended), or defragment your machine manually at any time.
Unlike earlier products, the Windows Vista and Windows 7 versions of Disk Defragmenter does not display a progress bar or colored diagrams to show the condition of the drive. It displays a simple Defragmenting a hard drive message.
Start Disk Defragmenter
Using Disk Defragmenter is simple and once started will work without supervision. Depending on the size of your hard drive and the amount of fragmented files it may take more than an hour to complete.
Use the instructions below to start defragmenting your hard drive.
- Click Start , and type Disk Defragmenter in the Search field. Select Disk Defragmenter when it becomes available.
- If prompted, allow the action to continue. The Disk Defragmenter window appears.
- If you wish to modify or create a defragmentation schedule, you may do so by clicking the Modify Schedule or Configure schedule button.To manually defragment your hard drive, click Defragment now or Defragment disk .
Do not use the PC while the Disk Defragmenter is running.