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Improving hard drive performance
Using Disk Defragmenter
As you use the computer, files on the hard drive become fragmented. Disk Defragmenter
consolidates the fragmented files and folders on the hard drive so that the system can run more
After you start Disk Defragmenter, it works without supervision. Depending on the size of your hard
drive and the number of fragmented files, Disk Defragmenter may take more than an hour to
complete. You may want to set it to run during the night or another time when you do not need access
to your computer.
HP recommends defragmenting your hard drive at least once a month. You may set Disk
Defragmenter to run on a monthly schedule, but you can defragment your computer manually at any
To run Disk Defragmenter:
Select Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter.
Under Volume, click the listing for the hard drive, usually listed as (C:), and then click
For additional information, access the Disk Defragmenter software Help.
Using Disk Cleanup
Disk Cleanup searches the hard drive for unnecessary files that you can safely delete to free up disk
space and help the computer to run more efficiently.
To run Disk Cleanup:
Select Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup.
Follow the on-screen instructions.
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