Optimizing your drives can help your PC run smoother and boot up faster.
Windows 11 includesÂ Optimize DrivesÂ that will automatically retrim a SSD or defrag a HDD as needed.
- RetrimÂ = Generates TRIM and Unmap hints for all currently unused sectors of the SSD or NVMe volume, notifying the underlying storage that the sectors are no longer needed and can be purged. This can recover unused capacity on thinly provisioned drives.
- DefragÂ = Locates and consolidates fragmented files on local HDD volumes to improve system performance.
Optimize Drives runs automatically on aÂ weekly scheduleÂ at the time set inÂ automatic maintenance. You can also manually run Optimize Drives on demand as needed.
This tutorial will show you how to addÂ OptimizeÂ to the context menu of drives in Windows 10 and Windows 11 to make it easier to optimize and defrag drives on demand.