Clean up and defragment your hard drive in Windows

Why sign in to the Community?

  • Submit a question
  • Check your notifications
or and start working on your taxes
EnglishEN

Pick a language

English Français
Announcements
Get the latest stimulus news and tax filing updates.
cancel
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
Highlighted
Intuit

Clean up and defragment your hard drive in Windows

Your Windows computer will perform more efficiently if you periodically remove unnecessary files from your hard disk and consolidate disk space.

You can use Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter to perform these maintenance tasks.

The Disk Cleanup utility frees up space on your hard disk by finding files you can safely delete. You can decide which files you want to delete.

The method for using the Disk Cleanup utility depends on your version of Windows:

The Disk Defragmenter utility consolidates files so they occupy space more efficiently. The end result is that files are accessed faster, improving your computer's overall performance.

Defragmenting can take an hour or more, so it's best to do this when you don't need to use your computer.

  1. Select Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and Disk Defragmenter.
  2. Select the hard drive to be defragmented (usually the C drive).
  3. Select the Defragment or Defragment disk button. If a User Account Control message appears, select Yes.

If you have multiple hard drives, repeat these steps for each drive.

Was this helpful?

You must sign in to vote, reply, or post
v
Privacy Settings