How to schedule Windows 10 defragmentation or drive optimization

If you deal with a lot of copy, and editing work on Windows, then defragmentation is an option you should try. The inbuilt function can optimize disk drives, so you get better copy speed an overall boost in performance. In this post, I will show how you can schedule Windows 10 defragmentation or drive optimization

How to schedule Windows 10 defragmentation or drive optimization

If use HDD, then technically its called defragmentation, but if you are using SSD, then it’s trimming. SSDs have their brain to manage space, and deliver performance., They don’t need defragmentation. However, if you wish to, Windows 10 performs trimming options for SSDs.

schedule Windows 10 defragmentation or drive optimization

  • Type defrag in the Start menu
  • Click on the program which appears with name—Defragment and Optimize Drives
  • Select the disk for which you need to schedule the process
  • Click on Change Settings button, and here you can choose
    • Frequency: Weekly, Monthly or Daily
    • Increase task priority if three consecutive scheduled runs are missed.
    • Click on the Choose button to select drives
    • Make sure to choose the Optimize drives option.

You also have the Optimize drive button right upfront if you want to do that instantly.

Schedule Disk Defragmenter in Windows 7

auto defrag in windows 7 change schedule

Windows 7 had a precise scheduler. Here you can choose to defragment your disks on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, or if you have an old system, which is slow one and lacks in resources, you can remove the scheduled defragmentation option (uncheck the ‘Run on a Schedule’ option), and defragment it manually whenever you are not working on your computer.

I would highly recommend you to perform it weekly for HDD, and monthly for SSD. The later life span depends on how many times they re-written, hence lower the better. Most of the SSD comes with an overprovisioning feature which takes care of speed and optimization.

I hope you were able to schedule Windows 10 defragmentation process to optimize drives to increase performance.

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