Performing an Unattended Defrag with Scheduler
De-fragmenting your hard drive to keep the drive and Windows healthy is a good routine task that should be performed on a regular basis. Unfortunately it can be a drag not only trying to remember to do it routinely, but also just sitting there twiddling your thumbs waiting for the procedure to complete.
There is an easier way!
Performing a Defrag takes a while, especially today with all of these huge hard drives. While a Defrag can be run in the background while you’re working, this slows performance.
Wouldn’t it be great to do this and not have to sit through it? You can setup you Defrag session to be performed on your hard drive automatically on a weekly basis using Microsoft’s Task Scheduler.
To automate your weekly defrag session:
- Click Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and then choose Scheduled Tasks (or if you have Task Scheduler running in your System Tray, you can just double-click that).
- Now double-click Add Scheduled Task and click Next.
- Now choose Disk Defragmenter from the list of programs, and click Next.
- Now select the frequency with which you want to run the defrag program, then click Next.
- Now choose the day and time. If you leave your computer on all the time, set the Defragmenter to operate during the night, while you’re sleeping.
Wasn’t that easy?
You may also want to read “Prevent the Screensaver from starting during a Defrag of the hard drive”