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What does this defragmentation session report mean?


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#1 cafejose

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 01:17 AM

Help me understand.  What does this defragmentation report mean?  Does it indicate problems?  Defragmentation on this machine typically takes about an hour.

 

System is Toshiba Satellite 1415-S115, Windows XP service pack 3, Intel Celeron 2.0GHz processor.

 

Volume (C:)

    Volume size                                = 27.95 GB
    Cluster size                               = 4 KB
    Used space                                 = 11.71 GB
    Free space                                 = 16.24 GB
    Percent free space                         = 58 %
 
Volume fragmentation
    Total fragmentation                        = 0 %
    File fragmentation                         = 0 %
    Free space fragmentation                   = 0 %
 
File fragmentation
    Total files                                = 59,819
    Average file size                          = 305 KB
    Total fragmented files                     = 3
    Total excess fragments                     = 7
    Average fragments per file                 = 1.00
 
Pagefile fragmentation
    Pagefile size                              = 768 MB
    Total fragments                            = 1
 
Folder fragmentation
    Total folders                              = 5,644
    Fragmented folders                         = 1
    Excess folder fragments                    = 0
 
Master File Table (MFT) fragmentation
    Total MFT size                             = 65 MB
    MFT record count                           = 65,723
    Percent MFT in use                         = 99 %
    Total MFT fragments                        = 3
 
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Fragments       File Size       Files that cannot be defragmented
None
 

 

 



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#2 jhayz

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 01:33 AM

Please see here http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/the-importance-of-disk-defragmentation/


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Posted 22 May 2013 - 04:52 AM

With the lack of detailed information available about Windows Defrag, it's hard to be precise, but it looks like a pretty good report to me.

 

My only suggestions would be:

 

Have you run CHKDSK or done Error Checking from Disk Properties/Tools? Just to confirm the file system integrity - this is a wise precaution before running defrag anyway.

 

An hour sounds a long time to process 12GB of data with 58% free space, even with just a Celeron powering it and presumably a 4200 RPM drive. It could be worthwhile running a diagnostic that can show S.M.A.R.T. data in case the drive is developing a high error rate. Various diagnostics can report on this, one often suggested is CrystalDiskInfo. (As with any of these free programs, if you try it you may need to uncheck an option to install something you don't want, like a toolbar or similar.)

 

If the drive has a poor SMART report it would indicate it's feeling its age and might give trouble down the road.


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