How To Configure Drive Optimisation In Windows 10

Windows 10 can automatically clean up disk space using Storage Sense . You can also schedule optimising (defragmentation) of drives automatically.

Here’s how:

Go to the search box (shortcut keys: Win key + S) and type in defrag.Then choose Defragment and Optimise Drives.

Accessing search box in Windows 10

using the defragmenation app in Windows 10

Alternatively, from File Explorer, choose Manage > Optimise.

accessing defragmentation tool from File Explorer

You can also access it from Windows Settings (Win key + I) > System > Storage.

From More storage settings, click on Optimise Drives.


A list of drives and partitions will be listed. By default, all of them are optimised weekly but you change their frequency. To manually optimise, select the drive and click on Analyse.

list of drives and partitions that can be optimised in Windows 10

If there is a need to optimise, it will be displayed in the analysis.

analysing drives for optimsation in Windows 10

Click on Optimise to begin defragmentation. It will run in the background without needing any intervention.

defragmenting drives and optimising them in Windows 10

Once completed, the Last run timestamp will change and the latest status of the drive will be displayed.

drives defragmented in Windows 10

To change how often they get optimised, click on Change settings.

change auto optimisation schedule for drives in Windows 10

Then, change the frequency from Weekly (default) to either Daily or Monthly. You can also assign it higher priority rather if the optimisation is skipped three times in a row.


change frequency for optimising drives in Windows 10 and managing task priority for it

choosing from daily, weekly and monthly options for auto optimising drives in Windows 10

Also, to exclude certain drives and partitions, select Choose and exclude them as needed.

selecting and excluding drives for auto optimisation in Windows 10


By default, all the drives and partitions are enabled for optimisation but can be excluded from being automatically optimised.

excluding specific drives and partitions from being auto optimised in Windows 10

All done.

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