Disk Defragmenter consolidates fragmented files and folders on your computer's hard drive so that each occupies a single, contiguous space on the volume. As a result, your computer can gain access to your files and folders and save new ones more efficiently. By consolidating your files and folders, Disk Defragmenter also consolidates the volume's free space, making it less likely that new files are fragmented.
Running Disk Defragmenter
- Open Disk Defragmenter.
- From the Microsoft® Windows® XP default Start menu, point to All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and then click Disk Defragmenter.
- From the Windows XP classic Start menu, point to Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and then click Disk Defragmenter.
- In the Disk Defragmenter window, click Defragment. The hard drive is analyzed, and then defragmented.
Note: Disk Defragmenter may take a long time to finish.
- In the Disk Defragmenter dialog box, click View Report or click Close when it is finished.
- In the Defragmentation Report dialog box, click Close.
- In the Disk Defragmenter window, from the File menu, click Exit.