Windows 10: Optimize and Defrag Drives in Windows 10
Hi, HHawk. You might want to run, from an elevated (admin) command prompt:
and see if this reassessment by Windows then allows it to recognize the SSD properly for optimization.
You're quite welcome, HHawk - glad that sorted it!
Hey, new guy to the forums here, and I have a major problem in regards to defragmenting my Windows 10. I was one of those people who upgraded the OS directly from 7 on my Tower computer, and, as such, I don't have an SSD on my computer to help me defrag my OS.
Does anyone know how to best defrag a Windows 10 with non-SSD drives? Thank you very much for the help (if any).
Welcome, to TenForums, Xamusel.
SSD stands for Solid-State Drive. Perhaps you misunderstood what we're talking about. HDD, would stand for Hard Disk Drive, i.e., one that spins magnetic platters and I suspect you may have on your PC.
Windows 10 is likely set up by default to defragment and optimize your HDD(s) on a weekly basis and wouldn't normally be something for you to be overly concerned about.
Let us know if I misinterpreted your question.
Actually... ever since I upgraded my PC from 7 to 10, my computer has gone progressively slower, most likely from the different fragments on the OS drive (which is drive C on my computer). When I try fixing it manually, it thinks that my computer uses Solid-State Drives, and tries fixing it that way. Only problem? I have an HDD for the OS drive. I don't know how to get it to work properly for an HDD... which is why I came here.
Anyone have any idea how to fix this issue? I want to defragment and optimize my HDD, but it's a major issue for me, especially since I have zero idea how to get it to register my drives as HDD.
Also, I'd share a screenshot of my computer's defragmentation program, but I don't remember how to take a screenshot with just the app I want to screenshot.
Hello Xamusel, and welcome to Ten Forums.
What brand and model number is your HDD?
Are you sure that it's not a hybrid HDD/SSD?
Step 1 in the tutorial below has links for options to take screenshots with.
Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Ten Forums
Okay, so I just took the side of my tower computer apart, and found out that my HDD is a Western Digital brand. Model number is WD15EARX.
Also, I wouldn't know how to determine if my computer is a hybrid, sadly... sorry about that.
Thanks for the link, by the way, though I was more referring to how to do so from the keyboard side of things.
It's not a hybrid.
Have you tried connecting it to a different SATA port on the motherboard to see if it's then detected as HDD?
Can you post a screenshot showing where it says it's a SSD?
Thanks for confirming it's not a hybrid.
As for the connections... I'm not an IT guy, but I'll see if that helps, somehow (will need to turn the computer off and do it manually in order to do that).
Also, the screenshot... hang on a sec, putting it into an attachment now.
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