Schedule Disk Defragmenter

Disk Defragmenter is a vital part of normal PC maintenance. It is a utility that rearranges the bits of data strewn about your hard drive and reorganizes it so your hard drive doesn’t have to work as hard to get to the data it’s looking for. The result is a faster, cooler PC. Unfortunately, most people either do not run the Disk Defragmenter utility or they simply forget. Learn how to schedule Disk Defragmenter in Windows 7 so you never need to think about it again.

How To Schedule Disk Defragmentor

Windows 7 makes it easy to schedule a disk defrag. You no longer need to manually go into to the Task Scheduler to set up the job. You can set it up directly from the Disk Defragmenter utility, itself. To do so, go to the Windows Start button and type in defragmenter and a link to it will appear in the menu. Or you can navigate to the utility by going to Start>Programs>Accessories>System Tools>Disk Defragmenter.

Schedule Disk Defragmenter

Once there, you see a list of any drives and partitions you have in your computer and the state of their fragmentation. You may also notice that the scheduler is off. To Schedule Disk Defragmenter to perform the defrag of your drives, click the Turn on schedule button.

select a weekly schedule for disk defragmenter

Next, tick the box that says Run on a schedule (recommended). You can then setup a schedule that is convenient for you. If you leave your computer on all night, have it defag then, as it’s best to perform this task when you are not using the computer. In the example above, Windows will automatically start the defragmenter utility every Wednesday at 1:00 AM.

select the disk you want to defrag

Next, select the hard drive or partitions you want to setup a schedule for. Normally, the C: drive will be the only drive you’ll need to run weekly maintenance on, but you may want to check other drives if you use them frequently.

schedule disk defragmenter in WIndows 7

You will now notice the Disk Defragmenter is turned on and ready to execute a defrag of the drives you selected on the date of your choice.

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