Fragmentation can be frustratingDamien Moye
Slow performance is the toll incurred by every computer, no matter how cutting edge it was when purchased. While the technology housed within the computer remains static, the industry behind that technology moves forward, always introducing new advances in how we compute.
The frustration we feel when confronted by slow performance is understandable, when considering its impact on our use. From diminished productivity in the office to its interruption of our home use, sluggish performance is a common problem that can be attributed to a number of causes, one of the most prevalent being a fragmented hard drive.
Fragmentation occurs when the data on your hard drive is no longer sequentially ordered. As an example, looking at the first five letters of the alphabet, we have:
A B C D E
As time progresses, with the addition of new information and the deletion of old data, that sequence becomes disordered. If left unaddressed, it eventually reads as:
A E C D B
The allocation of data on your hard drive has been rendered a chaotic mess, making it all the more difficult for your system to efficiently retrieve data when necessary. Returning to the alphabet theme, imagine having to recite the letters in the alphabet exactly as we’ve all been taught, only in a fragmented sequence:
A Q C D T Y G M I V K L H N O P B R S E U J W X F Z
Reading it off from that sequence above, your recitation of the alphabet certainly isn’t as smooth as you remember, is it?
That’s exactly what your hard drive is doing when suffering from fragmentation. Without a sequential allotment of your data, it takes longer to access information, resulting in the slow performance many witness when using their computers.
Defragmentation is the answer to this problem. As its name suggests, defragmentation reverses the state of fragmentation, sequentially ordering your data for faster retrieval. Defragmentation can be performed by any number of tools, all readily available on the internet. While you can always use the defragmentation tool that comes with your Windows operating system, I prefer Defraggler.
Created by the same company that gave us CCleaner, Defraggler is an easy to use tool that performs all of your defragmenting needs. To ensure optimal performance of the computer, we advise you to perform defragmentation once a month.
Should you have any additional questions about this process, simply ask.