Generally Western Digital hard drives are fastest at the start but after a certain time these drives become sluggish or slow in performance. Decrease in performance of the drive is because of random allocation of data over the hard drive. At beginning, OS allocates top of the drive locations to save file segments and later it places different segments of a file on different locations over the drive. Unmannered allocation of data segments on a drive lets OS to take a bit of time extra in searching and performing read/write operation or you can say your system takes few seconds extra to complete a task. Therefore, in order to improve disk capacity and performance, it is necessary to perform defragmentation of the Western Digital hard drive.
If you are using your Western Digital hard disk in Windows machine, you can make use of Disk Defragmenter that is a built in Windows feature to defrag a drive. You can follow these steps to defrag Western Digital hard drive manually:
- Click on Start button at left bottom corner of the window and click on All Programs option.
- Now, select Accessories option and then System Tools option.
- You will get a list of different features under System Tools section. Click on Disk Defragmenter option.
- Finally you get a window where you have to select a drive and click on Defragment Disk button.
Using Disk Defragmenter, you analyze drive status to know whether it is worth to defrag a drive or not. After knowing current drive status, you can start defragmentation. Additionally, you can schedule Disk Defragmenter to run automatically every time after a certain number of days, weeks or months.
You can use this built in Disk Defragmenter tool to defrag only system’s internal hard drive. It is not possible to defrag external Western Digital hard drive manually on Windows. Apart from this, it may be a time taking process to defrag a hard disk manually and if any error occurs, it may result in unexpected result causing in data loss. Therefore, user should take advantage of a proficient drive defragmenter such Remo MORE application.
This is an advanced tool suggested by industry experts to defrag fragmented hard drives. Using this tool, one can defrag Western Digital system hard disk and external HDDs as well. Additionally it supports users to defrag hard drive and other removable drives such as USB drive, SD cards from other popular brands like Hitachi, Maxtor, hp, Seagate, Kingston, SanDisk etc. user can download free version of this tool and utilize it on Windows and Mac OS X running systems.
Steps to defrag Western Digital hard drive:
Step 1: At first, install this application on your computer and after launching it selecet "Drive Degrag" option from the main window.
Figure 1: Main Window
Step 2: In this step you have to selecet a defragmentation option to defrag the WD hard disk.
Figure 2: Select Defrag Method
Step 3: As you select a method to defrag the drive, software will start analyzing problems and fix all of them to defrag WD hard drive completely as shown in figure.
Figure 3: Analyzing Process