Fragmented Hard Drive Clicking

Some hard drives are more prone to make clicking sounds when the drive is highly fragmented.  If you have a hard drive making clicking sounds you could defragment the drive to see if that stops or reduces any clicking noises.  If a disk defrag helps then you should defrag your hard drive more often and may even want to look at getting a better third party disk defragmenter.

Third Party Disk Defragmenters

There are some very good third party disk defragmenters available that do a much better job than the bundled Windows disk defragmenters.

To run Windows Disk Defragmenter in Windows XP

Right click My Computer.

Select Manage.

Select Disk Defragmenter in the left pane.

On the right pane, select the disk to defragment and click the Defragment button.

WinXP Defrag

WinXP Defrag

The disk defragmenter will now run.

A graphical representation shows you what the defragmenter is doing.

To run Windows Disk Defragmenter in Windows Vista

In Windows Vista the Disk Defragmenter is scheduled to run by default at 1AM every Wednesday.  If the computer is off at this time this scheduled defragmentation will not run.

To manually run disk defragmenter:

Click start.

Type “Defrag” in the search box (without the “ “).

Hit enter.

Click the defragment now button.

Win Vista Defrag

Win Vista Defrag

Select the disk(s) to defragment and click ok.

The disk defragmenter will now run.

Vista does not have a graphical representation to show you what the defragmenter is doing like older versions of windows had.

To run Windows Disk Defragmenter in Windows Vista

In Windows 7 the Disk Defragmenter is scheduled to run by default at 1AM every Wednesday.  If the computer is off at this time this scheduled defragmentation will not run.

To manually run disk defragmenter:

Click start.

Type “Defrag” in the search box (without the “ “).

Hit enter.

Select the disk(s) to defragment.

Click the defragment disk button.

Windows 7 Defrag

Windows 7 Defrag

The disk defragmenter will now run.

Windows 7 does not have a graphical representation to show you what the defragmenter is doing like older versions of windows had, but it does show you the progress as a percentage complete.

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