How to defragment a hard drive in Windows

Instructions for using the disk defragmentation tool in Windows.

Here are instructions to perform a Disk Defragmenter from Windows. The Disk Defragmenter is a tool that reorganizes and regroups data to help improve the performance of the computer and is beneficial to optimize the performance of the external hard drives.

  1. On the keyboard, press the Windows Key (windows 8 windows key.png) + E

  2. Once the (MY) Computer / This PC is open, hover over the drive you want to perform the Defragmentation and right-click on the Seagate drive.

  3. Click on Properties

  4. Click on Tools

  5. Click on Defragment now (Optimize in Windows 8/8.1/10)

  6. To determine if the disk needs defragmentation, select Analyze disk.

 Note: If the percentage is above 10 %, the defragmentation is needed.  
  1. To start the defragmentation, click on Defragment disk

  2. Click Close when it is concluded.