The more activity you perform on your computer, such as copy & paste operations, deleting files and Installing applications, the more fragmented your hard disk becomes, hence you may experience Issues with your PC's overall stability and responsiveness. To help speed things up, Windows has a built-In tool to defragment the drive(s) In question. To simplify the process, In this tutorial, I will show you how to add Optimize Drives to the right-click context menu.
Before I begin, here's what I'm referring to. I've navigated to File Explorer, right-clicked on my OS Drive, selected Properties and then the Tools tab. I can now optimize (defrag) my hard disk, by hitting that very button, namely Optimize as shown below.
This will then rearrange all the files on the hard disk back together, thereby allow data to be accessed a lot quicker, thus Improve the computer's overall performance to some degree. Now do note that If you're running an SSD (Solid State Drive), there's no need to optimize It- Windows 10 automatically detects It and does the work for you.
That being said, depending on the type of SSD, they do have a shorter lifespan compared to normal HDDs, so It's not such a good Idea to manually defrag It. So why does Windows 10 do It? Well, It knows exactly what to do, and does It In a very Intelligent manner without risk of damaging the SSD.
Okay, on the grounds you're running a normal HDD, I will demonstrate how to add the Optimize Drives option to the right-click context menu. To do this, I will use a neat little Registry file that will automatically add the entries to the Windows Registry, and apply the option thereafter.
I have provided the download links to the Registry file, at the end of this article. So without further delay, let's get this tutorial started.
Step One:Once you've downloaded the file, extract Its contents to a folder of your choice, and double-click the Add Optimize Drives.reg file. It will prompt whether to add the entries to the Windows Registry, so hit Yes.
Step Two:A message will be returned, confirming that the entries have been successfully added to the Registry, so click OK to finalize the process. Optimize Drives, has now been added to the right-click menu. We'll check It out shortly.
Step Three:Here's what happened when I right-clicked my OS Drive before the above tweak was applied. The Optimize Drives option Is not available.
Step Four:And this Is the result after the tweak. As you can see, Optimize Drives has been successfully applied. Let's make sure It's functional, by clicking It.
Step Five:As you can see and as expected, the option to optimize/defrag the drive Is readily available. Mine Is an SSD, so Windows 10 Is taking care of It.
Last Step:In the event you've changed your mind and wish to remove Optimize Drives from the right-click menu, simply double-click the Remove Optimize Drives.reg file, and hit Yes.
Final Thoughts:Although It's not an arduous task to access the Optimize Drives feature, nothing beats having It readily available via a simple right-click of the mouse. The other good thing about this tweak, Is that the change can be reversed, just as easy as It Is to apply.
Use any of the links below to download the aforementioned Registry files.
Direct Link Solidfiles:
Direct Link Mega:
Direct Link Mediafire:
Direct Link Sabercathost:
Direct Link 4shared: