Last February 15, 2012, I was faced with dilemma when my laptop starts to run so slow. Asked why? Of course, my laptop is an integral part of my daily routine, without it, I feel empty since I won't be able to communicate with friends and family. So this problem needs to be resolve soon! I thought doomed days of my 3 years old Acer Aspire laptop will be over since despite clearing cache, deleting browser history, running ccleaner or disk clean up won't do the trick. So luckily, I've come across this wonderful website where techy minds meet and that is techyv.com which provided me with suggestions and resolutions to my problem.
As I've posted my inquiries in the Questions section, six (6) people responded and provided me with different solutions. One notable solution got my attention since I haven't done it for like more than one year and that is defragmentation of my hard disks. So what does defragmentation mean? How does it relate to the problem you're having? According to Wiki, "Defragmentation is the process of reducing the amount of fragmentation. It does it by physically organizing the contents of the mass storage device use to store files into the smallest number of contiguous regions (fragments)." In normal sense of the word, it organizes the files stored in your computer so as to create more space. This is essential to all personal computers (PC) or laptop so as to expand their lifetime.
So now I'm faced with the question on how defragmentation is done in Window XP?
Below are the visual guides on how to do it step by step.
(Note: Before processing it, make sure that no programs or other application is opened when you do it. )
Step 1: Click on Start Button > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter.
Step 2: On the Disk Defragmenter window, click any of the disk that you need to defrag, then click Analyze. On the picture, I've chosen disk (C:). Then please wait as the computer analyzes the disk you've chosen.
Step 3: Once it's done, it will give you a prompt asking that you should defragment the volume of the disk you've chosen. To do that, just click the Defragment button as shown on the image below. Then, the computer willl process it for you. Once it's done, you'll be prompted with report and option to print it.
Once defragmentation is done, a small window will pop up showing the reports and it will give you an option to Print it. Should you wish to do defragmentation of the other disk, just follow the same procedure.