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Increasing Performance by Defragmenting Your Disk

Another way to improve performance is to defragment your disk. To understand how this process improves your disk performance, you first need to have a short introduction to how data is stored. Basically, when you defragment a disk, you rearrange how the files are stored so that Windows XP can open and display a file more efficiently.

Understanding The Basics of Disk Storage

When you store a document, the data in that document is written to your disk and saved as a file with a specific name in a specific location on your disk. To keep files organized, your disk is divided into sections called sectors, which are broken down into smaller sections called clusters. Each cluster can hold a certain amount of data.


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