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#1 athegn

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Posted 17 March 2017 - 04:38 PM

I am not sure I understand how auto defrag works.

I want auto defrag to run every week on Wednesday afternoons. I can see that I can change the period to weekly but how do I set it to run on Wednesday afternoon; say 15:00 hours?

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Posted 17 March 2017 - 07:40 PM

I'd say don't run defrag it is not necessary

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 12:58 AM

Since this doesn't relate to BSODs etc, please specify which Windows Version you are using (main one if several) so the topic can be moved to the appropriate forum.
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Posted 18 March 2017 - 04:46 AM

Sorry

Thought I posted in Windows 10 support forum.

Pleaee move.

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 10:15 AM

The current version of the disc defragmenter is set to automatically run on an weekly schedule and does so when it detects significant idle time.

 

I suppose one could use the "Schedule Tasks" feature under Administrative Tools in Control Panel to schedule a disk defrag to run on an exact schedule, but I certainly wouldn't bother doing so.  This has been an "ignore it entirely and it takes care of itself" feature of Windows at least since Windows 8 (I think it might even be Windows 7, but I'm not certain of that).

 

If you were to schedule a weekly defrag I'd probably open the defrag utility and turn off the automatic feature or you'll be getting your scheduled run along with another automatic run.


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 11:00 AM

Hi the default is to run weekly around 1pm if I remember.

So for this to work your computer would need to be on around this time.

(Not hibernating).

 

Once a week as it is setup should be more then enough to keep the drive (DE)-fragmented.

 

But if you still wish to change check out this ...

 

 https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/8963-optimize-drives-schedule-settings-change-windows-10-a.html


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 11:04 AM

I would like to remind those of you who are using a SSD that you don't need to defrag a SSD.


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 12:28 PM

I would like to remind those of you who are using a SSD that you don't need to defrag a SSD.

Good point. Advice is for the majority still using "Classic" Hard drives. If I remember correctly Windows will do SSD maintenance as needed (Trim Command etc...)


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 12:35 PM

Correct, Windows 7, 8.1, and 10 has a built in optimizer for ssd's it's called Trim.  Windows is supposed to detect a ssd and activate it. To determine if Trim is activated please do the following.  

In the Start menu type cmd, right click on the cmd.exe in the results above the search box and select Run as administrator.

Copy and paste the following command in the Command Prompt followed by pressing Enter.  

fsutil behavior query DisableDeleteNotify

If it returns a 0 then Trim is active, if it returns a 1 copy and paste the command below followed by pressing Enter.

fsutil behavior set disablenotify 0


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 01:51 PM

I wonder if anybody still uses a spinning hard drive for their system disc any more.


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 01:56 PM

I wonder if anybody still uses a spinning hard drive for their system disc any more.

 

Yes.  (And many, many, many other "yes"-es).  Just look at what most machines are still sold with as standard equipment - it isn't SSDs.

 

Given the reliability I've experienced with conventional hard drives over the decades, and my lack of "need for extreme speed," I've not hopped on the SSD bandwagon.  I'm more interested in storage space and the bang for the buck on conventional drives is much higher than for SSDs, at least as of my typing this message.


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 02:23 PM

I wonder if anybody still uses a spinning hard drive for their system disc any more.

I personally will never have any of my computers without a SSD as a system drive.



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Posted 20 March 2017 - 04:46 AM

Thank you for all your replies; all comments noted.

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 09:34 AM

I wonder if anybody still uses a spinning hard drive for their system disc any more.

 

Yes, because the SSD is not that cheap in terms of storage space, and some tend to need more space for programs, data files, etc.

 

In my case, I used an SSD for the OS and a few programs and a regular HD for additional software, etc.






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