A computer system becomes fragmented when files are stored in a "broken up" fashion or with gaps. This is typically caused by files and applications being deleted and then having new files saved to the same hard drive. The result of fragmentation is performance loss; an overly fragmented system can lead to extra time launching applications or opening files.
The Defrag process resolves this issue. The process first involves analyzing your system to see if it needs defragmentation. If the system requires it, PC Health Advisor proceeds to physically organize the disk content so that various section of each file are more contiguous and saved closer together. This will not change where any of your files are located on your computer.
To Defragment your computer:
- Open PC Health Advisor, and select the Disk tab along the top of the program.
- Now click the Defrag button.
- Under the Volume heading, select the hard drive you want to scan.
- Click the Analyze button. This will scan your drive; if it is fragmented, you will be prompted to continue.
Note: While PC Health Advisor works to defragment your drive, it may encounter insufficient hard drive space to defragment a file. In these cases, the program will defragment as much as it can with available disk space.
To enable or disable PC Health Advisor scheduled Defrag:
- Open PC Health Advisor.
- Please click the Settings tab along the top.
- Now click the Defrag Schedule button.
- Click the drive for which you want to create or remove a schedule
- Use the Delete button to remove a schedule.
- Use the New... button to create a new schedule.
- Use the Edit... button to modify an existing schedule.