How To Speed Up A Windows 10 Hard Drive Using Disk Defrag (2020)
- March 17, 2020
- Posted by: Craig Chamberlin
- Category: Microsoft Windows
Step By Step Instructions
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This lesson can be found within my book 27 Amazing Windows 10 Performance Boosting Tips: A Complete Visual Guide For Beginners, Intermediates & Experts. The goal of this lesson is to teach the user How To Speed Up A Windows 10 Hard Drive Using Disk Defrag in 2020, This lesson is performed using a complete visual guide. First, we will assess the primary skill one user will obtain through the lesson. Second, a brief risk analysis of how the lesson can impact system performance and security. Finally, we conclude with learning why this particular lesson is important.
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Why Learning How To Speed Up A Windows 10 Hard Drive Using Disk Defrag (2020) Is Important:
What’s The Difference Between A Hard Drive And Memory?
The hard drive is the physical Hardware on your computer that permanently stores your data. The hard drive is frequently mixed up with random access memory, or RAM. Memory temporarily holds information while your computer processes it. Hard drives physically store data in the drive itself. The primary difference between a hard drive and memory is that data in memory is lost when powered off. Hard drives retain information despite having power or not. There are two primary forms of hard drives in the marketplace today: Rotary and solid-state hard drives.
Rotary hard drives run on a rotational spindle with a tape, a small needle reads data rapidly as it spins. As you can probably imagine, this process is slower than the more modern solid-state hard drives. The rotational hard drives are also more likely to fail because they have rotating parts. The main issue with solid-state hard drives is that they’re costly. However, the read and write times can be significantly higher for solid-state drives. Another great benefit of solid-state drives is that they can be significantly smaller in size because they do not require a motor.
Is Defragmentation Beneficial For All Drives?
No matter which hard drive technology you have, your system can benefit from a process known as defragmentation. Solid-state hard drives should only have this process performed once every few months. You only perform this process once because solid-state hard drives are limited in their lifetime of reading and writing. Often, the benefits of defragmentation do not outweigh the life reduction of the drive. Rotary drives, however, can benefit immensely from regular defragmentation. So you may be asking yourself, how do I know if I have a solid-state drive or a rotary hard drive?
Microsoft Windows makes this part extremely easy. When you launch the Windows drive optimizer, which is Microsoft’s defragmentation suite, it shows whether you have a solid-state or a rotary hard drive.