How to Defrag a Laptop

If a laptop computer is running slowly, defragmenting the hard drive may help the computer to run more efficiently. Defrag is a function that is built into the Windows operating system no matter if you are running it on a laptop or desktop computer. Defragging organizes files on your hard drive so that they can be processed more efficiently. A hard drive becomes more fragmented over time as files are installed and then uninstalled at a later date.

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Click "Start" and select "All Programs."

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Click "Accessories" and choose "System Tools."

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Choose "Disk Defragmenter."

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Select the hard disk that you would like to defrag and click "Defragment Disk."

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The process could take several hours, depending on the size of the hard drive and the amount of defragmentation.