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Sherr
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Disk Defrag

I have never run Windows XP defrag or any disk defrag. I was wondering why PC users use purchased defrag software when XP Accessories includes defrag. Since I don't have anything except XP defrag I will use that. I think that my downloads and web searching will speed up after I defrag my drive. True? How long will a defrag take? Any other inputs will be appreciated.

Sherr   Dimension 8250 Windows XP SP2

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RobinBredin
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Re: Disk Defrag

Hi Sherr, To use defrag on a regular basis will speed up your computer and your bootup and shut down. What i would do is to use disk cleanup first to get rid of all rubbish on your computer. Disk defrag can take several hours depending on your size and how much data you have on your Hard Drive. I always do it at least once a month.

      

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Re: Disk Defrag

Sherr

Good info, about defragmenting the hard drive is HERE

Bev.

 


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SlingerGJ
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Re: Disk Defrag

If there is fragmentation on the drive, then a disk defrag will clear it up and you will notice an overall improvement in speed and system response when loading games, opening folders (thumbnail generation of JPEGs, for eg), copying files etc. If there was no fragmentation to begin with, then the performance improvement will not be noticeable.

Anyway, defrag regularly to keep the system running smoothly. It always helps.

As for the question about defrag software, it depends on the user. Some people require more than what the ancient XP defragger can provide. That utility has some drawbacks such as slow speed, no defrag of a fragmented master file table, no defrag of the page file, no defrag of multiple drives at the same time, no automatic defrag etc. Many people find it worthwhile to get a commercial defragger to avoid these, some others are happy with the XP defragger. It's a personal decision.

I use Diskeeper 2009 Professional, which I upgraded from Diskeeper 2008 Professional that I used for a year. I personally find its features better than other defragmenters, and worth the price since it is a truly automatic defragmenter: merely install it and it silently defrags all the drives automatically  and properly, when necessary. I do not have to think about defragmenting. You can do what I did last year before I bought it: try out the free trial versions from their website.

 

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TheRealFireblad
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Re: Disk Defrag

Welcome to the forums SlingerGJ

 

 

 

I use Diskeeper 2009 Professional, which I upgraded from Diskeeper 2008 Professional that I used for a year. I personally find its features better than other defragmenters, and worth the price since it is a truly automatic defragmenter: merely install it and it silently defrags all the drives automatically  and properly, when necessary. I do not have to think about defragmenting. You can do what I did last year before I bought it: try out the free trial versions from their website.

 

Whilst commercial defragmenters like Diskeeper, PerfectDisk, O&O Defrag etc are the choice of many, not everybody can afford to pay for such programs.

In their case, one or other of the FREE programs available are what I'd suggest they try first, before deciding whether they need a program with more features

FREE defragmenters include the likes of Auslogics Disk Defrag, JkDefrag, Defraggler, Power Defragger, IObit Smart Defrag, etc

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