How To: Defrag your Hard Drive using Auslogics Disk Defrag

How To: Defrag your Hard Drive using Auslogics Disk Defrag

Performance issues, such as slow program start ups, poor responsiveness, Windows taking a long time to launch, random application failures and errors and slow internet browsing and/or download speeds can be indicative of a spyware/virus infection - but these are also symptoms of a hard drive in dire need of a good defragging.

Over time, applications and other files on a hard drive become displaced over numerous sectors as old data is deleted and new applications are installed. This means the operating system has to work much harder to retrieve all the necessary file segments when you launch a particular application.

A disk defragger takes these disparate parts and reassembles them again, significantly improving performance. Windows has a built in defragging utility, but dedicated third party tools such as Auslogics Disk Defrag tend to yield slightly better results and faster performance gains.

Step-by-Step Instructions

  • 1

    Access the related download link for this article and grab the .exe file for Auslogics Disk Defrag . Once this has fully downloaded, locate the file in your downloads folder and double-click it to kick off the installation process. Follow the on-screen prompts.

  • 2

    Launch Auslogics Disk Defrag using the shortcut added to the desktop during the installation process. If no shortcut was added, you can launch the application using the entry inside the Windows Start menu Programs folder.

  • 3

    When Auslogics Disk Defrag first launches, it displays a map of your primary hard drive, broken down into coloured sectors. This is called the Cluster Map. Green squares represent complete allocated sectors which are not fragmented, whereas red squares signify sectors that are fragmented. If there are any red squares shown on the grid, you should proceed with defragmentation by clicking the Defrag button.

  • 4

    During the defrag process, the colours on the grid will change rapidly as they go through various states. This is normal. A progress bar keeps you informed as to the current status of the defrag operation. The length of this process will vary greatly on the size of your hard disk, and how fragmented the data on it is. The defrag process can be paused or stopped at any time using the Pause and Stop buttons.

  • 5

    Once the process is finished, the message Defragmentation Complete is displayed. The grid should now be a much healthier selection of greens, greys and blues - with no fragmented red sectors in sight. You should also find performance is considerably improved.

Tips & Advice

  • You can change the appearance of the Cluster Map in the Settings menu of Auslogics Disk Defrag. Click Settings, choose Cluster Map and select Bars from the Cluster Map Style. There are also a number of different colour schemes to choose from using the Color Theme dropdown list.

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