The larger the hard drive, the longer it will take.
So, a Celeron with 1gb of memory and a 500gb hard drive that’s has not been defragged in a long time could take 10 hours or more.
The high end hardware takes an hour to 90 minutes on 500gb drive.
Run the disk cleanup tool first, then the defrag.
How long does it take to defragment a 1tb hard drive?
The larger the hard drive, the longer it will take; the more files stored, the more time computer will require to defrag all of them. The time varies computer to computer as each one has its own unique case. The time can range from several minutes to several hours to finish.
How many passes does it take to defragment a hard drive?
It can take anywhere from 1-2 passes to 40 passes and more to complete. There is no set amount of defrag. You can also manually set the passes required if you use third party tools.
Does defragging improve performance?
Defragging. Not only does defragging increase the life span of your hard drive, but it also makes games run faster. It’s because defragging puts all the files that the game needs to run in one continuous space instead of spread out all over the hard drive.
When should I defrag my hard drive?
Defragment at Least Once per Month
Also, if your computer is running slowly, consider defragmenting, as the fragmentation may be the cause of slower operation. As a general rule, any time your disk is more than 10% fragmented, you should defragment it.