One of the most important things we can do for our computer “brain” is to occasionally defragment the broken up files on the hard drive. In IT mumbo-jumbo-techno speak, “defrag”. This process takes your computer’s internal files and does the electronic equivalent of alphabetizing the old file cabinet.
If you are familiar with this process, this is your reminder that you probably have not done it lately… so go ahead right now.
If not, here are some simple instructions:
Before starting any “maintenance” process on your computer, start with the basics:
A. Close down files and programs currently in use.
C. Make sure you have reliable, constant electricity and/or battery. You do not want a power shut-down during the defrag.
For Windows 7:
1. From your Start Menu, type “Disk Defragment” to search.
2. Select “Disk Defragmenter” from the list.
3. Select “Defragment Disk”.
4. Wait patiently (or in my case, not so patiently) while your computer does all the work.
5. Close the window when it’s done… and get on with your life!
For Windows Vista:
1. Click the Start button.
2. Select “Programs”.
3. Select “Accessories”.
4. Select “System Tools”..
5. Select “Disk Defragmentation”
6. Select “Defragment”.
7. Yep, wait patiently (or impatiently).
8. Make note if you have any errors (so you can tell your IT person, or the neighbor kid who may be your IT person).
9. Close the window.
For Windows XP:
1. Maybe it’s time to consider upgrading to Windows 7?
Now if I could only figure out how to defrag my brain…