Friday, May 23

Defragment Your System Files

In the pursuit for performance, making sure your drive isn't fragmented is a regular task. The problem is that Windows XP doesn't allow certain system files to be defragmented without commercial software. What about free solutions?

There's a utility called PageDefrag from Sysinternals (Microsoft) that lets you do one single task, and it does it well. It runs as a boot-time process that defragments the system files before they are locked by XP.
When you open up the application, you'll see a list of the system files and the number of fragments each file is in. Select the "Defragment at next boot" option, or you could even choose to defragment at every boot, though this is unnecessary.