Speed up your computer

Have you noticed your computer slowing down over the past year? Drew explains how a simple defrag can restore your computer to its former glory.

An important part of owning a PC is making sure you maintain it. This requires you to regularly scan the computer for viruses, clean the dust out of the box on a yearly basis and should definitely also include a quarterly defrag.

Click the Start/Windows button at the bottom left of your screen. Scroll your mouse over the ‘Programs’/’All Programs’ option. From the new window which has appeared, scroll over the ‘Accessories’ folder and click it.

Depending on your version of windows, the file you are looking for will be called ‘Defrag’, ‘Disk Defragmenter’ or a similar name. If you do not see a program by this name in the folder, you should have a folder called ‘System Tools’ in the ‘Accessories’ folder. Click on this folder and the program will be there.

Open the defrag program, select the hard drive you are looking to defrag (normally your C:) and click ‘Defragment disk’. Once again, this process may be slightly different depending on the program and the version, but it should be this simple. Now leave your computer to defrag overnight and when you wake up in the morning it should have completed the process. Give your computer a full restart and you should find programs running faster.

There are a few more things that can go wrong with a Mac so we have identified below how to repair your permissions and also defrag the computer. Both of these processes should improve the speed of your computer.

Repair permissions
Open up your ‘Applications’ directory.
Open the ‘Utilities’ folder.
Open the program called ‘Disc Utility’
From the list, select your hard drive.
Click ‘repair the permissions’

Unlike with a PC, Macs don’t come with a defragging program built in. Call it arrogance, Apple believe that defragging of their Mac computers isn’t necessary, even though defragging is mentioned in the Mac user manual! Either way, defragging your computer can only result in a faster operating system and is recommended three to four times a year from experts in the computing field.

You will need to either purchase a defragging program or download a demo version. iDefrag 2 has a demo version that is severely limited in what it will do but should allow you to install the program and run a basic defrag of your computer.

It is best to leave your Mac overnight to defrag as you shouldn’t be doing anything while the defrag is operating.

To use iDefrag 2, install and open the program. You will then be presented with a list of available volumes in the left panel. Click on your main hard drive. You will now need to provide the program with more information. Click on the lock icon in the middle of the screen to authenticate, enter your information and iDefrag will start scanning your computer.

Written by Drew

Starting out as a week of work experience in 2005 while studying his Bachelor of Business at Swinburne University, Drew has never left his post and has been with the company ever since, working on the websites digital needs. Drew has a passion for all things technology which is only rivalled for his love of all things sport (watching, not playing).