Imagine a car park. Now in your imaginary car park, just like real life, there are all makes, models and colours of cars parked next to each other. ie. there isn’t as row of red cars all lined up.
This is like your hard disk. Not all your documents are stored in the same place on the hard disk. For performance reasons, it would be a good idea if they were though. Just like it would be easier to find your blue car if you knew all the blue cars were parked in row B.
Now for your computer, you can get disk defragmenting software. If you’re running Windows 2000/XP/Vista, you’ve already got some software. It does the job, but it’s free, so you pay for what you get.
Instead of using free, I downloaded PerfectDisk.
The advantages of PerfectDisk over the free solution:
- can defragment more than one drive at once
- able to run without administrative rights (not an issue with Vista)
- ability to schedule a defragment when I’m not at the computer
And it simply does a better job than the free version.
This table is a comparison between a system which was defragmented with the free defragmenter and PerfectDisk.