Mechanical hard drives offer us today a more storage space for a lower price than modern SSDs. But all the time a price, and I don’t mean the economic one. Mechanical hard drives (HDDs) are much slower than solid hard drives (SSDs).

Until the price of SSDs has dropped, and they are practically within reach of anyone, although with reduced capacities, Windows, like other applications, allowed us to defragment our hard drive to make it faster. In Spanish, defragmenting is relocated the data on our hard drive to make it closer.

A mechanical hard disk is made up of a disk that stores information, information that is read as if it were a turntable, so if all the information is arranged, and let’s say close to each other, access speed increases since the reader does not have to be moving continuously.

Solid Hard Drives (SSD) store information digitally, like pen drives. Hence, the access speed is practically instantaneous, depending on the type of device, because here there are also faster and slower SSDs. These types of units are not defragmented since the information is always ordered.

Windows 10: How to defragment your hard drive to make it faster

  • To access the Windows defragmenter, the best we can currently find on the market, we must go to the Cortana search box and type Defragment and click on the first option shown.
  • Once the application is opened, it will show us if the data on our hard drive is needed. Automatically Windows 10 does it every week. If we have copied a lot of information since the last defrag, it will probably need to be done.
  • If so, we must select the unit that we want to optimize performance and click on Optimize.