defragmentation

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defragmentation

[‚dē‚frag·mən′tā·shən]
(computer science)
A procedure in which portions of files on a computer disk are moved until all parts of each file occupy continuous sectors, resulting in a substantial improvement in disk access times.
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ScanDisk stabilizes your computer while a Disk Defragmenter speeds up your computer by refiling your files.
According to the report, "After extensive testing, NSTL found that Diskeeper was between three and five times faster than the Windows 2000 Disk Defragmenter when defragging drives.
Windows does have a load of utilities built in, such as Disk Cleanup, Disk Defragmenter, Driver Converter, Maintenance Wizard, ScanDisk, Scheduled Tasks and System Information.
Because of Windows 98's improved Disk Defragmenter utilities, the wait time for applications to load will be appreciably shorter.
The program does include a number of useful utilities, including an updated disk defragmenter and a program that automatically updates the system by regularly checking for patches, bug fixes and other improvements on the Net.
Other programs that can be scheduled are the Windows 95 disk defragmenter, the disk scanner program, and the backup utility.
Windows 95 offers four basic tools that go a long way in helping to maintain your OS: ScanDisk, Disk Defragmenter, DriveSpace and Backup.
The Norton Disk Doctor's disk scan provides a simple to follow image of the hard drive compared to those endless screens of tiny coloured boxes I had with Microsoft's Disk Defragmenter.
Finally, AVG Quick Tune contains four of the 16 features available in the company's popular PC Tuneup, including the disk defragmenter, junk file removal, registry cleaner and broken shortcut removal.
As always, this is done by clicking START, then Programs, then System Tools, then Disk Defragmenter.
Just close any open programs, saving any unsaved documents that are open if prompted, choose Restart, then run Disk Defragmenter when Windows restarts.
I particularly like the DEFRAG disk defragmenter and MSAV/VSAFE antivirus programs and would recommend them highly.