Tip & How-To about Computers & Internet
This topic puzzles many people who walk into my helpdesk office.
Your hard drive is where your computer stores things for later use. You might think that when you save a file, that it saves every last bit of your file all in one tidy little place on your hard drive, but it doesn't. It saves little bits and pieces all over the place. This is good for saving things quickly, but over time, things can become somewhat cluttered. Imagine a squirrel who has been saving acorns for months and months. He saves one here and one there and one in this tree and one in that, and pretty soon he's forgotten where he put them all.
If your files are in little bits and pieces stored on your hard drive, it is said to be a certain percent "fragmented." Once in a while, it's good to "defragment" your hard drive, so it can organize everything in a way that it can quickly access the things you need. It's akin to the squirrel finding all the acorns he saved up and putting them in a tree or two. He'll have much quicker access to what he needs.
Without defragmenting, your computer will eventually spend lots of time looking for all those bits and pieces of files every time you open something. That's akin to one very hungry and frustrated squirrel.
Access the Disc Defragmenter in Windows XP under All Programs --> Accessories --> System Tools --> Disc Defragmenter. Or just click Start --> Run... and type dfrg.msc
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