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#1 rayandmaura

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Posted 13 August 2007 - 10:24 AM

After reinstalling windows xp and starting to defragment the drive,I noticed that as usual the files are spread out all over the drive. Some at the beginning some in the middle. Is there any way to install windows and everything else and have it at the beginning of the drive? Is there a way to defragment the drive after the reformat and partitioning and before the actual windows installation? I hope im making sense here.. It just seems theres gotta be a better way then having everything spread out everywhere. Any ideas are appreciated........

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Posted 13 August 2007 - 10:52 AM

That unfortunately is one of the inherent problems that goes with installing the OS, you shouldn't have any problem defragging the drive, if you do let us know.

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#3 rayandmaura

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Posted 13 August 2007 - 02:51 PM

Hi dc3 thanx for ur reply. I am able to defragment no problem but the display that shows where the files are placed on the drive shows them spread out throughout the drive. Theres like some at the begining some in the middle and some at the end even after defraging. I thought there was a way to defrag the drive before partitioning the drive or right after partitioning it. Am I wrong? In other words I thought I could degrag the drive before the windows installation. If thats possible and if anyone knows how please let me know Thank You..
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Posted 13 August 2007 - 03:01 PM

The purpose of defragging a drive is to make each file be located in a contiguous/continuous stretch of disk space. Where that space is, beginning-middle-end of the drive, is totally unimportant.

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Posted 13 August 2007 - 03:44 PM

Hi Pascor 22234, Thanx for your response. Thats the problem, the file system is not contiuos some of the files taking space on this drive are placed either at the front middle or end of the drive and there is huge gaps between blocks of files on the drive and that does make a difference. I have seen file systems that were truly continuos.
If anyone knows if its possible to defragg the drive before the windows installation please let me know.Would I boot from a cd or some kinda recovery console/DOS like program. Thanx for any ideas rayandmaura

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Posted 13 August 2007 - 03:54 PM

Sorry for the misunderstanding. I confused myself and made no sense. Thanx for helping me. rayandmaura




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