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Chapter 14. Fine-Tuning, Optimizing, and... > Defragment Your Hard Disk

126. Defragment Your Hard Disk


As you use your computer, it slows down over time because your hard disk becomes fragmented. Files on your PC are stored in different sections on the hard disk, and as you open and close them, the sections are not stored next to one another on the hard disk—the files become fragmented. That means that when Windows XP opens a file, it must take extra time to find it, because the fragments are spread over your hard disk rather than being found contiguously.


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