September 14, 2012

How to Run Disk Defragmenter in Windows 8

Bah! Windows 8 is not what Windows used to look like. How do I go to Control Panel? How do I clean up my disk? From where do I open up another tab in my web browser? You must be going in circles over how you will use your computer now especially if you have had an experience with Windows 8 with an upgrade plan in mind. With the onset of Windows 8, it has become a bit difficult for many users to use their computers the way they have been using it from a long, really long time. But then again change is must and that’s what Microsoft realized that it’s for good.
Other than the Windows 8 features that I have discussed in my previous blogs, today I am going to tell you about how you can run Disk Defragmenter in Windows 8. It’s the basic yet powerful feature in Windows systems to organize disk space for better use. It’s good that Microsoft didn’t give feature a miss in Windows 8. Check these methods given below and learn to defrag your disk in Windows 8: (See Also Windows 8 upgrade support)
1. To defragment you disk, hover your mouse around to bring up the Charm bar. Click Search to open the Search bar. Type ‘defragment’ (without quotes) in the Search bar and hit Enter. Even if you do not hit Enter, you will see search results in left hand side. If no results appear using ‘Defragment’, you can type ‘optimize drive’ in the Search bar.
2. The Search bar is identical to Windows 7’s. Click Defragment and optimize your drives in the left hand side and then click Settings. In the Optimize Drives window, select a drive to defrag and then click the Optimize button. (See Also how to schedule disk defragment in Windows 7)
3. You can also click Analyze before clicking Optimize if you want to analyze the drive. It will begin the disk defragmentation process. Wait while it finishes. You can note this that Windows 8 automatically optimizes your disks on a weekly basis. So there is no need to manually do it.
4. You can also change your defragment/optimize settings by clicking the Change settings button. Adjust your settings and then click OK. (See Also Windows 8 upgrade essentials)
5. Another method of defragmenting drives is from command line in Command Prompt. This method is incredibly fast for defragmenting your drives. It speeds up the process of defragmentation and lets you organize your drives faster.
6. Press the Windows and R keys to bring up Run utility. Type ‘cmd’ in the Run window and click OK. This will open up Command Prompt. Type ‘defrag’ and hit Enter. It will open up a list of defragment options on the Command Prompt window. 

7. Make sure that you are logged in with admin rights; otherwise you won’t be able to defrag your drive(s). You can use these commands to analyze and defrag your drive. If you want to analyze your disk before defragment, type ‘defrag –a’ and hit Enter.
8. If you want to defrag your entire C:\ drive, you can type ‘defrag C: -v -w’ and hit Enter. If you want to defrag any other drive, simple replace C: drive with its name and hit Enter. If you want to defrag multiple drives simultaneously, type ‘defrag /r’ and hit Enter.
9. If you want to defrag each and every item, type ‘defrag -w’ and hit Enter. You can also print the defrag results by typing ‘defrag –v’. Exit Command Prompt when done. (See Also What's New in Windows 8)

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