Process run Checkdisk and Degragment Windows XP

XP includes basic disk checking and defragmentation software. These can help to maintain the performance on your computer.

To run these, perform the following steps:

  1. Go to Control Panel and double click on Administrative Tools.
  2. Double click on Computer Management.
  3. This will put you in a screen like the following, and which you can single click on Disk Defragmenter to see your drives. See the following picture:

  4. Select the drive you want to work on, eg C: as shown above
  5. You have two options, you can check the Disk and/or Defragment it. It is not uncommon for Windows to decide that it needs checking before the Defragment starts. This is nothing to worry about.
  6. This part is optional. Click on Analyze to check the disk. It may determine that you do not need to Defragment, but my experience is that it is worth Defragmenting anyway. After the Analysis, it can provide a report telling you which files are most fragmented.
  7. To defragment, click on Defragment, as shown above, and the display will change to look like the following:

  8. Wait for it to finish. It may take some time.
  9. While it is defragmenting, if you screen saver starts up, this seems to make the defragmenting restart. This is due to file activity on the disk. This is not a problem as it is happy restarting over many times, and will eventually finish, but if you want to avoid it, you can turn your screen save off, while you are running process.
  10. If you run out of time, or for any reason want to stop it, just use the Stop (or Pause) button. The process is quite happy being interrupted, but just make sure it finishes the actual file it is currently defragmenting, before closing the program.
  11. When finished, simply close the window to exit the program.