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Is My Hard Drive A Lemon?


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#1 DSTM

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Posted 09 January 2007 - 03:12 AM

I have a 200 GB partitioned Hard Drive which still has 94% free space.My query is that there are some files which sit about 1/2inch from the start when analysing.No matter how many times I defrag,these files will not move and be compacted.When my Techy fitted it,he just said to get a better defrager than Windows and it will move.Have tried about 6 defraggers to no avail.
My question is with these files sitting where they are.would my PC be faster if they were in their proper place?
Secondly,is this a lemon which the techy supplied and should I worry, or should I replace it.?
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Posted 09 January 2007 - 04:53 AM

DSTM, a few questions

a) What kind of HDD brand we are looking at
:thumbsup: What type of files and size.
c) How did you partition it with what program?
d) Do you have an external HDD?
e) Did you try to defrag in safe mode?

Edited by fozzie, 09 January 2007 - 04:54 AM.


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Posted 09 January 2007 - 08:20 AM

DSTM, a few questions

a) What kind of HDD brand we are looking at
:trumpet: What type of files and size.
c) How did you partition it with what program?
d) Do you have an external HDD?
e) Did you try to defrag in safe mode?

a) Didn't see as the techy installed
:inlove: Wouldn't Know
c) Techy partitioned with Acronis True Image
d) No external HDD
e) No---Never been shown.-----F8 then what?
All seems to operate OK (except the operator) :flowers: Was just wondering would it be an advantage if these files (what ever they are)could be compacted.If you say no real advantage,fine.It's not life or death,just wanted an experts opinion.
When he mistakeingly installed a 20 GB HDD instead of a 200 GB and when I rang and said my PC is running like crap,he abused me over the phone.After much persuasion he fixed his mistake.Made inquiries and was told no 20 GB HDD have been sold for yonks.Where he got this one from is anybodys guess. :thumbsup:
Have not used a techy since.

Edited by DSTM, 09 January 2007 - 08:40 AM.















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Posted 09 January 2007 - 09:15 AM

VoptXP (or the newer Vopt8) has a feature where you can see what's in these blocks. It also has a trial version that you can use. On my old system, viewing these files showed me that they were system files - so I opted not to mess with them.

While reorganizing these files may increase the speed - I doubt that you'll notice it. IMO it's more important to keep the files defragmented than it is to keep them contiguous (next to each other) if you're interested in speed.

PC Technicians are largely self-taught, although programs are cropping up to teach the basics. The majority of our experience is learned on the job - so there may be gaps in the knowledge that a particular tech has. That's the benefit of a larger shop (all else being equal) - there's other techs on hand to share knowledge with and ask questions of.
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Posted 09 January 2007 - 09:27 AM

VoptXP (or the newer Vopt8) has a feature where you can see what's in these blocks. It also has a trial version that you can use. On my old system, viewing these files showed me that they were system files - so I opted not to mess with them.

While reorganizing these files may increase the speed - I doubt that you'll notice it. IMO it's more important to keep the files defragmented than it is to keep them contiguous (next to each other) if you're interested in speed.

PC Technicians are largely self-taught, although programs are cropping up to teach the basics. The majority of our experience is learned on the job - so there may be gaps in the knowledge that a particular tech has. That's the benefit of a larger shop (all else being equal) - there's other techs on hand to share knowledge with and ask questions of.

Thats what I like about BC.You ask a question,regardless of how mundane it may seem,and there is always someone who is only too happy to share their wealth of knowledge.
Thanks usasma and fozzie. :thumbsup:

Edited by DSTM, 09 January 2007 - 09:36 AM.















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Posted 09 January 2007 - 10:59 AM

DSTM:

Did you run a scandisk (chkdsk) before running the defrag? If not try that.

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Posted 09 January 2007 - 11:40 AM

DSTM:

Did you run a scandisk (chkdsk) before running the defrag? If not try that.

I haven't run scandisk although I have the tutorial to do so.Will run Scandisk,then defrag and see if the files move.If nothing changes,then I'll leave everything the way it is.As usasma says it shouldn't cause undue probs.Thanks so much for your advice,just me. :thumbsup:















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Posted 09 January 2007 - 12:13 PM

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