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#1 jeffinc


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Posted 01 January 2006 - 09:57 AM

a month or so ago I found out on this site how to move files on my FULL C drive to my enormous D drive. Since I did that I have more space on C, but it won't defrag completely. Is this something I did? Also while originally trying to free space on C I compressed the files. It didn't do much.

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Posted 01 January 2006 - 10:12 AM

Run a disk cleanup and ensure you have atleast 15% free space to defrag. Did u run a chkdsk before defragmenting? Also the built in defragmenter will not defrag ur paging file and MFT. Maybe some program is writing to disk while the defrag was running and those files dint get defragmented, better to use safe mode.
Or else download this- faster, free and does a great job

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Posted 01 January 2006 - 02:46 PM

Since I used this tweak on my WinXP Pro computer nearly a year ago, my defragment stays very, very low.
Whenever I 'Analyze' my drives, they are never higher than 2% fragmented, and consequently I only
defrag every month or so. After defraggin, they always go down to 0% defragmentation.It's a bit time consuming, but it worked wonders for my computer, which
previously fragmented as high as 17%, and I could NEVER get it below 6%.
In XP, go to Control Panel>System>"Advanced" tab and under "Performance", click "Settings".
Go to "Advanced" tab and under "Virtual Memory", click "Change".
Select the drive letter that displays the Page File size.
Select "No paging file" and hit "Set"
Next, select the separate hard drive/partition.
Select "Custom Size" and set the "Initial Size" and the "Maximum" equal to
1.5 to 2 times greater than the total of system's RAM.
(For 512MB RAM, set the two values at 1024MB etc)
Hit "Set" and "OK" after you're done.
Reboot when prompted.
Now, defrag the drive/partition your Operating System is on. It's best to do this in
safe mode, and it might take overnight if your system is badly fragmented.
After defrag is completed, go into "Virtual Memory" again, per the directions listed
earlier, and select the drive letter that displays the Page File size.
Select "No paging file" and hit "Set".
Now select the drive that originally had the paging file.
Select "Custom Size" and set the Initial and Maximum sizes equal to what you
set them at when you moved the paging file to the other hard drive/partition.
Hit "Set" and "OK" after you're done
Reboot when prompted.

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Posted 01 January 2006 - 10:45 PM

while originally trying to free space on C I compressed the files.

Don't use file compression, particularly not on your C: drive which contains all your operating system files. It will only slow up your system.

As previous posters pointed out Defrag is best done 1. In Safe Mode, 2. after a Scandisk (chkdsk) and it may take some hours (at least at first).

What drive sizes are you talking about?

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