By: Joey Cam
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Through the recurring installation, uninstallation of programs and the constant creation and deletion of files your Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8 computer will begin to slow down. It will not happen overnight but it will happen. All programs, files and Windows itself gets written to and stored a “hard drive” which is one type of memory storage a computer has.
[adblockingdetector id=”2″]When your programs and files get scattered and disorganized on your computer through standard use over time it gets “fragmented”. An analogy of why it slows down is, pretend you are working in a medical office that has 100 patients. Each patient has a folder with their medical history that contains multiple paperwork in each individual folder. One day a doctor asks you for Ann Smith’s folder. Since every folder is alphabetized it takes you less than 10 seconds to find it. Now what if a new office worker accidentally filed some of Ann Smith’s records under the patient folders of Ann Garcia and Adrienne Smith and you didn’t know about it? Would the search for all records that you would normally find in a file folder still be as fast and efficient? Of course not. The patient records search process would be slowed down considerably. The organization of these records would become, “fragmented”.
To combat hard drive fragmentation you must regularly “defragment” your hard drive via a defragger program. Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8 have decent ones built-in but there are better independent programs out there. One of my favorites that does a better job than the standard Window defragger is a free program called, “JkDefrag” which is compatible with Windows 2000, XP, Vista, and 7… all 32 and 64-bit versions. JkDefrag is one of the easiest programs I have ever used. To use it all you do is open it up and JkDefrag does everything for you, automatically.
If this is the first time you are, “defragging” your hard drive on your Windows XP or Vista computer it may take a while. Depending on the level of fragmentation and how fast or slow your PC is it might take several hours the first time around.
[adblockingdetector id=”4″]*** IMPORTANT INFO: You should NEVER defragment a Solid-State Drive (aka “SSD”) installed on your computer. SSD drives never need to be defragmented. The newer SSD drives are built and work differently than the standard / old hard drives that have been around for decades. If you are not sure what type of drive you have odds are that you have a standard hard drive that can be defragmented. You usually have to customize the PC you are buying by paying extra money for the SSD drive upgrade option.
In the following JkDefrag video tutorial I will take you step-by-step and you will easily learn the following…
1. How-To Find the JkDefrag website and Download the Free program
2. How-To extract the JkDefrag file you downloaded from the website
3. How-To install JkDefrag 4. How-To Defragment your Windows XP or Vista computer using JkDefrag
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