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HOW DO YOU DEFRAGMENT THE DISK?


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#1 mosman

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 01:49 PM

my computer is running very slow, and i was advised to defragment the disk but i don't know how to. so i would appreciate some help.

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#2 karbo1

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 04:39 PM

Go to Start / Programs / Accessories / System Tools / Defrag
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#3 Guest_The weatherman_*

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 06:31 PM

Go to Start / Programs / Accessories / System Tools / Defrag

Or click on start>Control panel>Performance and Maintenance>Rearrange items on your hard disk to make programs run faster>click on analyse, and you should be advised if or not you need to derangement this volume, > then it's up to you. :thumbsup:

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 07:01 PM

Hello mosman and welcome to BC! :thumbsup:

As karbo1 and The weatherman already mentioned you can defrag your computer using the Windows Defragger. However, I personally don't really like the Windows built in one because it's not really that good at defraging some files. Overall it does an okay job and get's most files defragged but I didn't find gaining much system performances on it and when I used a different defragger it helped defrag alot more files that windows built-in one couldn't. It's still not a bad defragger but you probably can download a free and better one.

With that said, you can download a defragger tool and use that. The ones I use to defrag my system once a month or twice a month is Auslogics Disk Defrag by Auslogics.

It takes less than 5 minutes to defrag your system. If your have more than one drive meaning if it's partitioned, like mine then you will need to do them one at a time. I really like it, and there's another tool that is good at defragging specific files and folders on your system which also does a good job, but it takes longer. It's a very small file and you can even carry it on a flash-drive, it's called Defraggler by Piriform :flowers:

Defraggler Home Page.

Also defragging your system doesn't alway help increase system performance, sometimes there are some other things you need to take care of as well. These include: disabling startups or services, temporarily internet files etc... Some helpful tips on slow computer can be found over here.

Go to Start>>Run>> Type in Cleanmgr

This tool in windows can help you compress old files, delete temporarily internet files and many more.

Hope that helps.

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 08:27 AM

my computer is running very slow, and i was advised to defragment the disk but i don't know how to. so i would appreciate some help.


Prior to defrag you can run a diskcleanup , access it from Start>Accessories>Systemtools>Diskcleanup and clean out unwanted stuff.
The Windows defragger requires atleast 15% free space for an efficient defrag.
You can access defrag from Start>Accessories>Systemtools>Disk defragmenter.
Ideally shut down all other programs while defragging to avoid interruption and also ensure there is no power outage during the process.

Also note that if you are running Vista, you will not be able to see the visual display of the defrag progress as in XP. Vista's defragger is designed to defrag in low priority in the background. I personally think that the built in defragmenter is way too slow and if you are running it for the first time, it may take very long.

If you are open to third party programs, my fave is Diskeeper. Defrags automatically, even under 15% free space and runs smoothly in the background even as you use the PC. There is a free 30 day trial version, after which you need to pay.

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 08:36 AM

O&O Defrag Pro is one of the best out there but you have to buy it.

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 09:14 AM

I use Diskeeper 2009 Pro for defragging. It's an awesome automatic background defragmenter that removes the need for manual defrag. But it too is not free- you have to buy it, but you can use the free trial versions from the diskeeper site for a limited period.

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 10:12 AM

I use PCMag.com's utility Defrag-A-File. It can defrag just the fragmented files or defrag free space. I found it superior to Windows defragmenter, which seems to unnecessarily move everything. I used Windows defragmenter regularly on my HP notebook before, and it significantly shortened the life of the hard drive.

For an annual subscription fee of about $20, you can download several useful tools from PCMag.com. In addition to Defrag-A-File, I also use the File Utility Pack, which can (1) grab a list of filenames from Explorer to print, copy and export, (2) Change file dates and times, and (3) easily batch rename files. Windows internal clock is kind of a mess when it changes from standard time to summer time and vice versa. A file on your hard drive will be one hour different from the same file on an external drive (like a jump drive). It also has many other utilities that you may find useful, e.g., NoteWhen 3 (to arrange all your stick-it notes on screen), StartEase 2.

Edited by czhang, 04 February 2009 - 10:18 AM.


#9 danjmilos

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Posted 05 February 2009 - 03:52 PM

Try Smart Defrag by iOrbit.




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