Windows comes with a collection of house cleaning tools, including
ScanDisk, Disk Defragmenter and Disk Cleanup, to help keep your disk in
peak working order.
Why should you bother with the housework? A couple of reasons. First,
disks are hard working,mechanical devices and, like all mechanical
devices, prone to failure. A little preventative maintenance can warn
you of potential problems and fix minor glitches before they can do
damage to your data.
Second, the way files are organised on your drive has a perceptible
impact on the performance of your computer. If your files are stored
neatly, end-to-end, without fragmentation, reading and writing to the
disk is speedier.
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