How To Defrag Windows 7 Hard Drive Quickly?

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Defragments of disks help improving computer performance. Defragmentation allows your computer to rearrange all its fragmented data, which can help to improve your computer’s overall efficiency and speed. If you don’t know how to defrag your hard drive in windows, then reading out this guide will help you.

In this article, we will help you knowing how to defrag windows 7. Simply keep reading the article and learn to defrag the drives.

Well, if you are not a windows 7 user, then still not to worry, Apart from windows 7 we will also be covering windows 8 and windows 10. The procedure for defragging windows 7 hard drive is described below.

How To Defrag Windows 7 Hard Drive Quickly

Fragmentation causes the extra load to the computers that can slow down your computer and can affect its efficiency. Not only drives but removable storage devices can also be fragmented.

So to avoid this happening it is quite essential for all of us to defrag the drives in order to keep maintaining the speed and efficiency of the computer.

However, windows automatically defrag drives on a schedule, but if you want to do it manually, you can do that too. The guide How to Defragment a Hard Drive on a Windows 7,8 and 10 will let you know the procedure.  

The steps to defrag the disks are given below. Read all the steps carefully and apply it in order to defrag the hard drive quickly. Do drop the comment if you face any difficulty in following any step.

Step 1: First of all, go to start menu and make a search for Disk Defragment on the Search bar. Or you can also go manually by going to the system tools.

To go to the system tools, first, go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools and then Disk Defragmenter. 

Step 2: After you enter the disk defragmenter, you will see a screen like I have mentioned below. Check that out!


Step 3: Now to access  the program, click on the defragment disk option showing in the window. You can find the option bottom right of the screen. Check out the screen below if you are not able to find the option. In the image, I have marked the option with the red rectangle.


Step 4: As sooner you click on the defragment disk option, windows will start the process of defragmenting the hard drive.

However, windows 7 automatically schedules a disk defragmentation session to run every week. You can schedule the period according to your choice by clicking on the configure schedule. 

After clicking on the configure schedule option, disk defragment schedule configuration window will pop up. Where you will see some of the options including frequency, day, time and date.

If you notice there is an option already marked that is Run on a schedule(recommended). If you don’t want to run defragmentation automatically, uncheck the option. See the image below.


Now select all the options as per your suitability and need. For example, if you want disks to defrag weekly select the frequency weekly. Similarly, select the day and time as per the requirements.

Once done selecting all the options, click on Select Disks to choose the disks you want to defragment. When you click on the Select disk option, you will see a screen I have shown below. If you want to defrag any particular drive click on that or you can select all disks by checking the option select all disks. 


And click on Ok. And the disk defragmentation will be scheduled as per the given instructions. And your computer will then defrag regularly on the day and time you’ve selected. This is how we defragment a hard drive in windows 7.

I hope you have got all the steps mentioned below. Now let’s move to the next part of the guide that is defragmenting hard drive in window 8 and windows 10. The procedure for defragmenting hard drive in windows 8 is given below.

As windows 7, windows 8 will also be defragged itself by default every week or so if scheduled. If you haven’t changed any settings, you won’t have to defrag it. But in case if you want to defrag disks manually, then you will have to go the defragment window.

Step 1: first of all go to the search window and make a search for defragment in the search bar. As sooner you start typing the results similar to the name will start appearing. All you have to click on Defragment and optimize your drives. 

Step 2: After clicking on the Defragment and optimize your drives option, you will see a window featuring a list of the hard drives on your computer.


Step 3: Defrag if the drive is more than 10 percent fragmented. You can see the figure in the current status section. If you are not able to find that which drive needs to be optimized select that and hit Analyze.

Step 4: Once done you are all ready to defrag the drives. Now simply click on the optimize to defrag the drives. It may take minutes to hours depending on the size. Meanwhile, you can continue using the system.

For windows 10, the procedure is given below.

If you have got all the steps of the previous methods, then it will not take much of your time to get the steps of windows 10. Since the procedure of windows 10, is quite similar to windows 8.

Step 1: First of all go to the search bar and type defragment.

Step 2: As sooner you start typing defragment, the similar result will start appearing in the suggestion. You will have to click on Defragment and Optimise drives. 

Step 3: Just like windows 8, window 10 will show you a list of your current drives. Also the status of optimized drives. If it doesn’t show, select the drive and click the Analyse button.


The drives that are fragmented more than 10% should be optimized. Now simply select the drive and click on Optimise. And you are done. The disks will start defragmenting.

This is how to defrag windows 7, windows 8, and Windows 10. How do you like our guide do let us know by dropping the comment in the comment section!

If you find any difficulty, you can ask without any hesitation. Do read our previous guide by clicking here. You may like that too!


A graduate of the IIMC, Diksha enjoys testing out new tech products and services. Her goal is to help others make more informed purchases of tech products and services. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, watching movies, and listening to music. An ardent reader loves to be surrounded by technology.

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