Nobody likes to wait around for slow screens and even slower processing computers. It can be a pain in anybody’s schedule when PCs or laptops run slower than usual. As such, people often rely on various methods to speed things up. Take computers and operating systems as an example. One way to ensure that you have a speedy computer is by defragging the HDD or the computer’s Hard Disk Drive.

The HDD is responsible for storing most of the system’s data and information. All files, photos, images, applications etc., go to the HDD. However, the truth is that the more you store in this storage space, the slower it can get over time. It will take more time to process and find information when there are millions of things inside. 

Performing defragmentation helps increase the system’s speed. It’s a process that makes the HDD more efficient and optimized, which is why it’s necessary to perform regular defrags. It’s one of the simplest ways you can improve the system. Defragmentation is one of the most cost-effective ways how to speed up HDD. Here are some reasons why defragging helps your computer setup:

Reorganization of the existing files

Often, files are scattered in various places and locations inside the HDD. Imagine having a disorganized closet space. When you have a program, various files of the program are in different parts of the disk. These different fragments of the file don’t go to the same location, meaning it takes more time to access them when necessary.

Now imagine running a program or opening an application. Because the files are fragments, it takes more resources to put them together too. During defragging or defragmentation, the files are placed together and reorganized. Fewer fragments are scattered around the drive, making any data more organized, thus faster.

After defragging, all files are reorganized in a fashion where files go together. For bigger applications, files or data, reorganization groups these files for more efficient access. Imagine all bigger files going together and smaller files grouped together. It takes less time to sort through already arranged fragments.

Collation of files together

Any large file can have random fragments scattered anywhere within the drive. Defragmentation speeds things up by putting all these small files together. Moreover, after putting these files together, it becomes reorganized in the drive locations for efficient access.

The computer searches for hundreds of thousands of files daily. The more files you store in the HDD, the more likely they will scatter. This is because newer files will take up that free space when you delete existing files, creating more fragments where it’s not necessary. Every edit or modification of files can create more file fragments in the drive.

Defragging is the process that puts back these smaller files together. The process collates the smaller pieces, so it doesn’t take up more resources than necessary to run. The smaller pieces are scattered farther apart, further slowing down the system. Regular defragmentation helps keep these files collated.

Examination of the files in the HDD

Since defragging often means scanning files, it also becomes a way for the computer to examine your files. Nowadays, when people store files on the drive or the computer, we rarely remember these files. Unless we open them and check them daily, these files tend to pile up.

It may come as a surprise to many owners that most of these fragments are files they don’t need. The HDD is basically hoarding many files that won’t be necessary or accessed ever again. The PC is slow because it takes up a lot of resources and time looking and sorting through a bunch of useless files.

During defragmentation it’s one occasion where computers can truly scan the files inside. Corrupted files, malware and out-dated drivers may be running the HDD. Consequently, everything slows down unless owners deal with these burdening fragments. 

Less movement for mechanical parts

If files are collated together and reorganized, things are easier to scan and access. There will be less need for drivers to move around looking for fragments to make things whole. All systems have the option or method for defragmentation. 

Some filing systems like Apple’s Mac OS have their tools and instruments to reorganize files. For operating systems like Windows, there’s a function in file settings for defragmentation. Users can also schedule automatic file defragmentation to avoid the hassle. The more files you need to defrag, the longer you may not be able to use your devices.

Once the system completes a defrag, there is less need for mechanical parts of the drive to move to find the files. You are essentially prolonging the life of the HDD by regularly going through the disks to scan the files. Defragging is more beneficial and speeds things up when done correctly.