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3 Ways to Optimize and Defragment Drives in Windows 10

When you notice your PC slows down, you can use disk optimize and defragment tool to improve system performance, this article provides three ways to optimize your computer’s performance.

Way 1: To Optimize Drives in Optimize and Defragment Drives Tool

When perform Disk Optimize and Defragment tool in Windows PC, it rearranges fragmented data so make your disks and drives can work more efficiently.

Step 1: Press Win + E to open File Explorer, then click on This PC.

Click This PC

Step 2: Select a hard drive, then right-click it, and then click on Properties.

Click on Properties

Step 3: Click on the Tools tab, select the Optimize button.

Defragment drives

Step 4: You may want to analyze the drive, and figure out if it needs optimization.

Analyze drive

If the result shows less than 10% fragmented, you probably don’t need to optimize that drive.

Step 5: If the PC’s hard drive need to defragmented, click Optimize button.

Optimize drive

Tip: You can schedule the proper optimization for each drive, see How to Change the Optimization Schedule.

Way 2: To Optimize Drives in Command Prompt

You can choose to optimize drive in Command Prompt in Windows 10.

Step 1: Right-click on Start Menu, then click Command Prompt (Admin) from quick access menu.

Run Command Prompt as adminisrtor

Step 2: To optimize all drives, execute command: defrag /C /O , and then press Enter key.

Optimize drive via Command Prompt

When finished, close the Command Prompt window.

Way 3: To Optimize Drives in PowerShell

 You can also analyze and defragment your disks and drives manually via Windows PowerShell.

Step 1: Open Powershell and run it as administrator.

Open Windows Powershell

Tip: If prompted by UAC, click Yes to run Windows PowerShell.

Click Yes button

Step 2: Copy and paste the command below to powershell window, then press Enter key.

Analyze the current optimization of drive: Optimize-Volume -DriveLetter C -Analyze -Verbose

Execute analyze command

Defragment the current drive: Optimize-Volume -DriveLetter C -Defrag -Verbose

Defragment and Optimize command

Step 3: When finished, you can close PowerShell.