Optimize Drives in Windows 10

Over time your hard disk drive can get fragmented. You’ll begin to notice that opening applications and saving files take a little longer than they did before. Disk defragmentation only applies to hard drives with mechanical spinning disks (HDD).

If you have a solid state drive or SSD, then you don’t need to worry about defragmentation. Defragging has no effect on performance with a SSD. Windows 10 will usually detect a SSD and optimise the drive using the TRIM command rather than defrag.

To de-fragment the disk in Windows 10, type ‘defragment’ into the search field on the taskbar. Click ‘Defragment and optimise your drives’.

open defrag

Select the drive you want to optimise/defragment. Click the ‘optimize’ button.

defrag drive

This will start de-fragmenting your disk. This process can take a while.