How to Defrag Unmovable Files in Win 7

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How to Defrag Unmovable Files in Win 7
Unmovable files can be moved in Safe Mode. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Defragmenting your Win 7 hard drive will cause your PC to run faster and more efficiently. The process of defragmenting closes gaps between data that cause the hard drive to slow down. Sometimes, you will run into the problem of unmovable files. One way to get around that problem is to run the "Disk Defragmenter" in Safe Mode. This mode will only load a few necessary programs, so it will allow you to move any previously unmovable files.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Take out any CDs or DVDs that are in your computer's disk drive.

  2. 2

    Click "Start" and then the arrow next to "Shut Down." Click on "Restart."

  3. 3

    Immediately hold down the "F8" key until you see the "Advanced Boot Options" menu.

  4. 4

    Select "Safe Mode" using the arrow keys on your keyboard. Press the "Enter" key to load your PC in Safe Mode.

  5. 5

    Click "Start" and then "Programs."

  6. 6

    Click "Accessories."

  7. 7

    Click "System Tools."

  8. 8

    Click "Disk Defragmenter" and then "Defragment Disk."

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