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Disk Defragmenter is another application that has been changed in Windows Vista compared to Windows XP. Unlike other applications that were modified, Disk Defragmenter was simplified to a bare minimum. You no longer have menus or the colored graphs showing you how the data is arranged on your hard drive. The application offers only two options: "Defragment now" and "Modify schedule". Even though some people will miss the old interface and the configuration features, others will welcome the change. One thing is for sure - working with the Disk Defragmenter is easier than ever.
In this article I will go through the new interface and the available options and you will see for yourselves how easy it is to use the new Disk Defragmenter.
In Windows 10 you can find the disk defragment tool by first clicking the small search icon in the bottom-left corner of the screen. Then type: "defrag" and now click the "Defragment and Optimize Drives". Since Vista, defragment has been automatic so if your hard disk needs defragmenting and you leave your computer open for a few hours, Windows should automatically defrag your drive.
To find Disk Defragmenter, go to Start Menu -> All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools.
As mentioned earlier, the application offers only two options: "Modify Schedule" and "Defragment now".
If you press the Defragment now button, the defragmentation process will start. Unfortunately you won't see a progress bar nor an estimation about the time left until the end of the process. You just have to wait until it finishes. This is why I recommend you to do this during the night or when you go to work and the computer is not being used.
If you want to cancel the process, just press the Cancel defragmentation button.
If you want to schedule automatic defragmentations, first click on Modify schedule.
In the scheduling window choose the frequency, the day and the time when the automatic defragmentation should start. For most people, it should be enough to run the defragmentation once per month.
Add Defragment to the Right-Click Menu for a Drive
Disk Defragmenter FAQ