Top 3 Products & Services


Dated: Nov. 30, 2005

Related Categories

Hard Disk Drive
Windows XP

Note: This tweak only works on Windows XP/.NET.


This setting will rearrange files on the hard drive when the computer is idle thus improving the performance of the system.


1. Open your registry by clicking on Start > Run > Type: "regedit" and find or create the key below.
2. Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value, called "EnableAutoLayout" and set it according to the value data below.

System Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\OptimalLayout]
Value Name: EnableAutoLayout
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (0 = disabled, 1 = enabled)

3. Exit your registry, you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

Note: The computer must be restarted before the changes take effect.

Optimize Hard Disk When Idle

Now that you've gotten free know-how on this topic, try to grow your skills even faster with online video training. Then finally, put these skills to the test and make a name for yourself by offering these skills to others by becoming a freelancer. There are literally 2000+ new projects that are posted every single freakin' day, no lie!

Previous Article

Next Article

Jerry Ziliak's Comment
Ali, Followed navigation path in your steps above and reached value data. I'm trying to optimize idle disk. I can see need to edit binary data to 1 to enable this function ... just not confident which zero in string of edit binary window to replace with a one. Where does the one get placed in this string? 0000 00 00 00 00 Thanks, Jerry
05 Fri Oct 2012
Admin's Reply:

Not sure myself Jerry.

Premjeet kumar's Comment
08 Thu Sep 2011
Admin's Reply:

 Dear Premjeet  why "NO" ?

DANIEL's Comment
thanks very much
12 Sat Mar 2011
Admin's Reply:

You're very welcome