Posted 13 October 2005 - 11:12 AM
I generally perform the following in this order (but not each every time) and without shutting down my computer (unless to run something in Safe Mode):
Adware scans (Ad-Aware SE, Spybot, but in no particular order)
Delete unneeded files (disk cleanup, etc.)
Archive old files and delete from HD.
It seems logical to run scandisk and defrag AFTER making changes to what is on your hard drive; but the only hard and fast rule I use is to always run scandisk before defragging.
Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one should be silent.