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Hello many of you may know me already and many of you may have already met me when I visited your home to fix your computer, but now for the first time both for the flyer and for me I am going under the new guise of “the anorak”.
I regularly get asked by people if there is anything they can do with their computer on a regular basis to keep it running at full speed. So each month I will be detailing a piece of free software with some basic instructions on installation and a brief explanation of how it will help you.
This month I have been asked by Mr Peter Clifford about a defragmenter program called Defraggler.
The name brought a smile to my face when I read it, I'm not sure if anyone still remembers the 80s TV show Fraggle Rock, and the large monster that was always trying to rid his garden of Fraggles. I'm sure the Defraggler is probably something he came up with to rid his garden of pests. In reality however Defraggler is a very good, fast program for defragmenting your hard drive. Windows does have its own built-in fragmentation program but it takes a very very long time to run.
Defraggler is free and can be downloaded from www.piriform.com/defraggler
I hear many of you ask what is a defragmenter and do I need it? Does my computer have fragments and if so what should I do to get rid of them?
To answer this question I need to take you back to the basics of a computer's hard disk, the disc is circular and spins at high speed. Being circular means the disk is segmented into something that looks very similar to a spiders web, each of these segments can store a small amount of data, if it does not fit in one its spread over many and unfortunately they are not always next to each other – meaning fragmentation.
If the data is separated in this way it can slow the computer down as it has to go looking for each part, a defragmentation program regroups all the segments so the data is consecutively stored. Thereby making the data easier to locate and faster to read.
Well enough of the technical details, the main thing to know is that most computers suffer from fragmentation. This is especially the case with older computers running older versions of Windows (95, 98, XP), not so much with newer version of Windows (Vista and Windows 7).
If you need help or have any questions about your computer please give me a call or send me an email for FREE advice. Bruce@mirax.org or Telephone 05 61 60 84 23.