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How make sense of defragmentation report?

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#1 cafejose


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Posted 10 March 2012 - 01:58 AM

Can someone or someones make sense of this result and report about defragmentation? Unclear what is still fragmented. This is similar every time defragmentation is run, for the last several months.

When the defragmentation is "finished", the message box is this:
Defragmentation is completer for : (C:)
some files on this volume could not be defragmented.
Please check the defragmentation report for a list of these files.

The actual report is this:
Volume (C:)
Volume size = 27.95 GB
Cluster size = 4 KB
Used space = 10.72 GB
Free space = 17.23 GB
Percent free space = 61 %

Volume fragmentation
Total fragmentation = 0 %
File fragmentation = 0 %
Free space fragmentation = 0 %

File fragmentation
Total files = 50,209
Average file size = 332 KB
Total fragmented files = 1
Total excess fragments = 6
Average fragments per file = 1.00

Pagefile fragmentation
Pagefile size = 768 MB
Total fragments = 1

Folder fragmentation
Total folders = 4,131
Fragmented folders = 1
Excess folder fragments = 0

Master File Table (MFT) fragmentation
Total MFT size = 55 MB
MFT record count = 54,603
Percent MFT in use = 96 %
Total MFT fragments = 3

Fragments File Size Files that cannot be defragmented

Information about computer is:
Laptop, Windows XP sp3, 2.0 GHz processor, 30 GB hard drive/disc, 512 MB RAM.
The defragmentation program is the one which comes with Windows Operating System.

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#2 noknojon


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Posted 10 March 2012 - 05:12 AM

Hi -
That looks exactly like my defrags always have for many years. It will usually show 1 or 2 fragmented files remaining.
There is nothing wrong with that report, and you will always get a similar result -

Thank You -

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 05:23 AM

As stated, that seems to be normal when using the Windows defrag tool.

There are certain types of files which that tool cannot defrag, which is part of the reason that there are so many other defrag tools available for use.

Like so many things...using the Windows tool or a 3d-party tool becomes a matter of user preference.


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Posted 10 March 2012 - 01:13 PM

Another case of too much information obscuring the necessary data required to make an assessment.

Volume fragmentation
Total fragmentation = 0 %
File fragmentation = 0 %
Free space fragmentation = 0 %

Thats the primary piece of information you need to look at and decide whether you're fragmented or not. In this case no need to look at any other data. If you have any sort of fragmentation listed then you look at the other information to further assess the next steps.

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#5 cafejose

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 11:18 PM

Good. Thanks. The report seemed to show conflicting information. The amount of fragment too small for any worry then.

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