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Do You Defrag Your Computer?

A recent study showed that 42 percent of PC users neglect to defragment their computers. Vizu, the company that administered the poll, reminds us that failure to conduct routine computer maintenance can adversely affect system performance for both home and enterprise users, slowing operations such as bootup, file retrieval, Web browsing, backups, and anti-virus and spyware scans as well as contributing to system crashes. What worries me, is the fact that nearly 16 percent of those who answered the poll said they had "no idea" what disk defragmentation is, while more than 26 precent said they never defrag their machines.

For the record, defragmentation is a process that reduces the amount of fragmentation in file systems. Your Windows computer comes with a program that will defragment your hard disk and reunites all the broken data into large blocks. Gathering all the free space on the hard disk into one block makes data retrieval faster and easier for the computer. For help defragging your computer check out the Microsoft guide.

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