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Defragment a Windows 8 computer’s hard drive

Back in the dark ages (Windows XP and earlier) you had to manually defragment your hard drive to keep it running fast. From Windows Vista on defragging the hard drives became automatic, but you could still easily manually defragment your hard drive if you chose to.

In Windows 8 there is no obvious app to manually defragment your computer. If that wasn’t enough to aggravate you, they also changed the name from the Disk Defragmenter to Optimize Drives. Don’t try searching for it. It’s not listed in the apps either.

Manually Defragment A Windows 8 Hard Drive

  1. Open the Desktop app.
  2. Open the File Explorer.

  3. Select Computer in the left sidebar of the File Explorer.

  4. Rick-click the hard drive you want to defragment and then select Properties from the menu.

  5. Select the Tools tab in the Properties window and then click the Optimize button.

  6. Select the drive you want to defragment and then click the Optimize button.

After a while your drive will be defragmented.