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Defragmenting Hard Drive


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#1 Stang777

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Posted 19 March 2009 - 06:48 AM

Hi,

This will probably sound dumb but oh well, here goes. Has anyone ever known of defragmenting a hard drive causing any problems whatsoever? I have had a bit of an irrational fear about doing this so I did a quick google on it hoping to find that it could not cause any problems but instead I found that someone had posted somewhere that after they defragmented their drive their puter started taking longer to bootup. I did not read the details since I trust the opinions of the people here more than I do some random post so thought I would just ask about it here. I know that not defragmenting it can eventually cause problems, but wonder what possible problems I could encounter by defragmenting it. Yes, I like to hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.

Thanks for any info anyone can share about this

Ooops, one more thing, if the files that need to be defragmented are part of a System Restore Point, will those Restore Points still work?

Edited by Stang777, 19 March 2009 - 06:54 AM.


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Posted 19 March 2009 - 08:24 AM

While no utility is absolutely and completely error-proof, Windows defrag comes close, and is used (hopefully) by countless owners countless times without ill effects to improve computer performance, and a version is included in all modern releases by Microsoft.
It is probably a good practice to run scandisk (checkdisk) before defragging, and of course always clean up the files on the hard drive first (a good opportunity to get rid of old or unneeded files in any case).

The rare cases of users reporting problems may be an example of the post hoc fallacy.

Defragging should have no effect on restore points.

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Posted 19 March 2009 - 03:24 PM

Thank you very much John, I appreciate the info :thumbsup:




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