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#1 rhino1366

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Posted 22 January 2009 - 07:42 AM

Ok, I've asked about registry cleaners and you've said it's crap... I agree. But what about HDD(s) defragmentation(s)? Should I keep-up with the built-in one into XP or find an alternative? If yes, then why?

Also, should I bother getting a sturt-up manager? Why?

P.S. Anything else for the system's health and smooth-running? Thank you! :thumbsup:

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Posted 22 January 2009 - 08:05 AM

Yes you should defrag the hdd, it should be part of your regular routine maintenance. I use Auslogics for defragging, it seems to do a little better job than the Windows version.

To keep your computer running smoothly you should keep your Windows updates current, update you security applications and run regular scans, this when I will usually defrag my hdd, and have a good anti virus and firewall.

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Posted 22 January 2009 - 08:24 AM

Look at this thread, I've posted a large list of free defraggers.
Please post back if we found the solution

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Posted 22 January 2009 - 10:07 AM

I use Auslogics Defragmenter.

Edited by GTK48, 22 January 2009 - 10:54 AM.


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Posted 22 January 2009 - 10:22 AM

Installed and tried Defraggler yesterday (it's a defragmenter from the developers of CCleaner).
It defrags :thumbsup:
Don't know how to judje the quality of such software =)

Edited by Konstantin, 22 January 2009 - 10:23 AM.


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Posted 22 January 2009 - 10:28 AM

Is Austogics "Registry Defrag" safe for the registry... no, I mean - is it safe COMPLETELY (no registry keys are deleted/modified/moved / registry change)?

Thanks a lot! :thumbsup:

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Posted 22 January 2009 - 10:48 AM

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Posted 22 January 2009 - 10:56 AM

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I don't know, I use JV16Power Tools2008 for that.

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Posted 22 January 2009 - 11:00 AM

"Also, should I bother getting a sturt-up manager? Why/"

I find it much easier to use a startup manager (Spybot S&D has one), rather than using various Windows techniques. For the most part, the editors in Windows were developed as a diagnostic tool, and do not provide a great deal of information that a normal user would want to see before making startup decisions given the enigmatic names employed in designating the programmes and applications. Again, most managers make restoring a simple and straightforward task.

My own motto about the registry is "leave the bloody thing alone, " and it has served me well for many years. The alleged benefits of mucking around with it are far outweighed by potential problems in doing so. Since I do not use applications with the registry, I cannot confirm that defragging it is either beneficial or safe.

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Posted 22 January 2009 - 11:27 AM

"The program will scan through the registry to remove slack spaces, reducing the registry size and ultimately the amount of RAM the registry takes up, and improving your computer performance."

Does this mean, that this software will erase something from the registry?... or just COMPRESS the registry?

Thanks.

P.S. That's probably the last thing I'll ask... because that's all I need to know.
P.P.S. Need a specialist to answer!
P.P.P.S. Need to know, if it's not a "hidden" registry cleaner's act.

Edited by rhino1366, 22 January 2009 - 11:48 AM.


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Posted 22 January 2009 - 12:55 PM

Auslogic's defrags the registry during a reboot when the registry is not in use. Registry problems can be an absolute nightmare to fix and require a lot of working knowledge. A power glitch during a defrag can definitely cause a file corruption problem. If you are not already running ERUNT registry back up utility you may want to down load it and let it automatically make registry back ups. It is highly recommended here.

http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/

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Posted 22 January 2009 - 03:37 PM

I have located this article on Defragmenting your Hard Drive which you may like to read?

http://www.techiwarehouse.com/cms/engine.p...age_id=0157568c

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 05:37 AM

Yeah, avoid registry cleaners, they are no good.

For disk defrag, I use Diskeeper 2009 Pro. It's not free, but it's awesome..fully automatic, and i really like it. You can check it out..free trials available at the Diskeeper website. If you want only 'free', then just stick to the XP defragger itself -it's safe and sufficient for basic defrag.

Other things you can do to keep the system ticking smoothly is
-regular anti-virus and anti-malware scans. Use a scanner such as AVG/Avira/Avast (pick one) and Spybot + Malwarebyte Anti-malware.

-Disk cleanup regularly. Start->Program->Accessories->System Tools->Disk cleanup. This wont improve performance in any way whatsoever, but minimize wastage of drive space.

-For faster and more secure browsing, try Opera..fast, secure, user-friendly and highly customizable by default. :thumbsup:

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 10:47 AM

"The program will scan through the registry to remove slack spaces, reducing the registry size and ultimately the amount of RAM the registry takes up, and improving your computer performance."

What you'll say about this quote? Especially on "...to remove slack spaces..."? So is it just "compacting" the registry or it's full "modifying"?

Also...

Q: Is compacting the Registry safe?

A: Registry Defrag works in such a way, that it takes all possible problems into account. All program operating stages are thoroughly checked, and the program will stop if there are any problems. Registry Defrag 5.0 and onwards use a new defragmentation mechanism that works on computer reboot. This algorithm is much more stable and eliminates the possibility of any problems occurring while defragmenting the Registry.

Any thoughts??? :thumbsup:

P.S. To speedbird76: Yeah, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Scan & Remove was very useful once for me. About Avira - yes, its heuristic analizer is very good... haven't heard of what COMODO has to offer? It's a free Internet Security Suite (far not as much "complete" as a paid ones, but with "Defence+"). Finaly - I'm on Google Chrome (it's out of the Beta stage already). I find Chrome an optimal choice for a "googler" like me, plus only Safari can run behind Chromes speed, but it's "grey" interface is a "junk" (still love the "filling-up address bar... lol). Maxthon is not so popular, but fast too... though - less supporting add-ons. Peace!
P.P.S. A question about "registry defragging" is STILL open/unanswered! :flowers:

Edited by rhino1366, 23 January 2009 - 10:51 AM.


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Posted 23 January 2009 - 12:12 PM

Installed and tried Defraggler yesterday (it's a defragmenter from the developers of CCleaner).
It defrags :thumbsup:
Don't know how to judje the quality of such software =)


I used Defraggler myself, nice program and very fast defrag :flowers:

Edited by SecureTime, 23 January 2009 - 12:13 PM.





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