Defrag Computer – Does It Actually Speed Up Your Computer

By | April 10, 2016

If you have or have ever had a computer that runs slowly, then I am sure that you have either heard from someone or read on the internet that defragmenting your computer’s hard drive will help to speed it up.

I have some pretty hard opinions on defragging your computer’s hard drive and how it directly affects your computers performance.


It seems that so many blogs and tech websites out there are giving false impressions by saying that if you defragment your computer’s hard drive that you will notice an instant boost in your computer’s performance.
In my opinion, this is misleading information and I will attempt to show you exactly why by answering some commonly asked questions.

What does defragging actually do?

Think of it as a way of keeping your computer’s hard drive organized. One file could actually be saved to different physical locations on your hard drive. Defragging will attempt to move these bits of information so they are as close as possible. The result will end up being better performance on your computer.

How often should I defrag my computer?

I recommend that you defrag your computer at least once a month or once every two weeks if you feel the need too. This is not a utility you need to run on a daily basis.

My computer is two years old and I have never defragged it. If I do, will it really help the performance of my computer? The short answer is No. Running a defrag on a two year old computer is not going to make any real noticeable change in your computers performance. However, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t run one just to help the overall health of your computer and its hard drive.


If you decide you want to defrag your computer, then make sure you run it at a time when you’re not going to need your computer for several hours because the defrag will take quite a while to run. I would recommend running it overnight.

How do I get the most out of defragging?

You should make it a monthly routine the day you bring your computer home from the store to defrag it’s hard drive. This is really going to help with the long-term performance of your computer.

Defragmenting your computer is going to really help the long-term performance of your computer. It is going to slow-down the pace at which your computer will slow down over time.
Bottom line is to not wait two years to decide to defrag.

Can I set a defragmenting schedule?

Scheduling a defrag is a feature that Microsoft introduced with Windows Vista, and the same feature is also in Windows 7. By default, they are set to defrag once a week. It is your option really to change the schedule or just leave it at the default.

If you are still running Windows XP then you will need to manually run your hard disk defrag. I would recommend that you set a calendar reminder so that you maintain your schedule.

So here are some of the important points you need to remember about defragging your computer:

  • It will not instantly give your computer a huge boost in speed like optimizing your computer’s startup would do
  • Use a defrag schedule the day you get your new computer
  • It will help give long-term computer performance if done regularly
  • Windows Vista and Windows 7 are set to defrag once a week by default

In conclusion, I hope that these tips have helped clear up what a defrag actually does and how much it would actually help your computers performance.

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