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How to Defrag Hard Drive in Windows 10

Jan 05, 2018 / Updated by Brithny to Partition Master

Windows 10 defrag not working? Here are full solutions to defrag hard drive in Windows 10. Try all these tricks and tips to speed up the computer and get a better system performance.

Overview of Windows 10 defragment

The longer you used your computer, the more likely that the files on the hard drive get fragmented. And as a result, it takes a long time for the system to check various places on the drive for those pieces and information. This is how PC performs slower and slower.

To speed up the computer and get a better performance, there is one thing you can do. That is to defrag the hard drive. People know little about computer might curious about what does a defrag do and how it can make PC run more efficiently. Next, we will explain it.

What can you get to defrag hard drive?

Defragging a hard drive in Windows allows you to rearranges the layout of files and move all fragments of files to contiguous clusters. In other words, the process collects all the tiny pieces that make up a single file and stores them right next to each other. 

By this way, defragging makes it is easier for Windows to read the files on the disk, and obviously, the time that is spent on accessing the files will be dramatically reduced. And benefit from a faster access, you will finally get an increasing system performance. 

How to defrag a hard drive in Windows 10

Defrag hard drive using Windows 10 built-in disk defragmenter

To defrag a hard drive in Windows 10, your first choice is to use Windows free built-in disk defragmenter. 

1) Click the Start button, in the search box, type Disk Defragmenter, and then, in the list of results, click Disk Defragmenter.

2) Under Current status, select the disk you want to defragment.

3) To determine if the disk needs to be defragmented or not, click Analyze disk

Once Windows is finished analyzing the disk, you can check the percentage of fragmentation on the disk in the Last Run column. If the number is above 10%, you should defragment the disk.

4) Click Defragment disk

During the process, type the password or provide confirmation if you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation.

Defrag hard drive in Windows 10 using EaseUS free defrag software

If Windows 10 built-in defrag tool not working, you might need to try a third-party defrag software. EaseUS Partition Master Free is a nice choice. It works well to defragment and optimize drives. And by the way, it is also supported to defrag SSD in Windows 10. 

1. Download and launch EaseUS free defrag software, choose "Cleanup and Optimization" option.

Defrag hard drive in Windows 10 - Select 'Cleanup and Optimization' option

2. Choose Disk Optimization and then select which hard drive that you want to defrag.

Defrag hard drive in Windows 10 - choose the disk you want to defrag

3. The program will then start to defrag and optimize the disk. It might take from several minutes to a few hours to finish, depending on the size and degree of fragmentation of your hard disk. 

Start to defrag hard drive in Windows 10