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To Defrag Or Not To Defrag Networked Pcs?


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#1 CQatBC

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Posted 10 January 2007 - 09:33 PM

Hi from a newbie in the UK.
I'm afraid I'm not very pc-lit yet but i'm trying very hard to learn by reading these forums,so please bear with me and forgive me if this question seems stupid to you!
I have 2 pcs at home that both operate Windows XP and I use AOL 9 Broadband Gold for internet connection/browsing.One of my pcs is a year old Acer Wireless laptop but the 2nd is a an older Advent desktop pc and they're networked using a Netgear Wireless ADSL router and Netgear Wireless USB adapter.Both pcs have been running very slowly lately and I was having trouble closing progs,loading pages on ebay etc. Someone advised me to use disk cleanup and defrag on them to tidy up the machines and speed them up a little.This seems to have worked a treat on the laptop but meanwhile a 2nd person told me that by doing the same to my desktop older pc I may upset the networking settings of both of them.I'm afraid to touch it now in case this is true.Can anyone please reliably advise me one way or the other?If it's safe I would like to do it and hopefully get as good results as I did with my laptop.
Thanks very much for your time spent reading this.CQ

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Posted 13 January 2007 - 11:12 PM

Doing a disk clean up is a good idea but as for upsetting the network....lol. First before you start any thing go to system restore and create a manual restore point. I would say your browser needs a clean out as well. If you are using IE go to Tools; options; clean out history, cookies, temp files.
Then you can start:
1) disk clean up
2) run an anti spyware program e.g. spybot
3) run defrag
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Posted 14 January 2007 - 11:15 AM

Defragging will not upset your network. All it does is move the files into a better order - and then tells the system where the new "bits" are located. Has nothing to do with the network.
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Posted 14 January 2007 - 08:12 PM

Thanks very much for your replies guys but something went wrong somewhere!
I haven't defragged the desktop pc ,but since the laptop was done I can't log on to AOL or get on the internet at all using the desktop pc, without having to switch the plug off at the mains for 10-20 seconds first.This seems to reset the router but I've no idea why I have to do it.AOL's onscreen"DNS server unreachable " message tells me it detects firewall software, but all the permissions are set to allow all AOL applications given, on both pcs.I've had spybot on both for a while now and run them often.I didn't create a system restore point when I defragged the laptop to be honest ,because I knew nothing of them.
Any ideas what happened,and shall I call the engineer asap? lol.The router subject terrifies me-as does the security thing!

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Posted 14 January 2007 - 11:17 PM

Thanks very much for your replies guys but something went wrong somewhere!
I haven't defragged the desktop pc ,but since the laptop was done I can't log on to AOL...

This is likely a blessing in disguise... :thumbsup: Your firewall is working well - it is blocking spyware (aka AOL). Temperarily disable your firewall & your AOL will likely work. Once you are back online w/AOL; re-enable your firewall and you should be ok... until the time AOL screws up your network settings.

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Posted 15 January 2007 - 01:47 AM

It seems that there's an issue with the Network settings that AOL doesn't like - I doubt that it's related to the defragging - it's more likely that it's a problem with the settings on the PC (since the other connects reliably).

BTW - A system restore point wouldn't do anything with regard to the defrag - the same files still exist - they're just put in better order on the hard drive.

I suspect the AOL software (as I've done this many, many times with my systems without a problem - I don't have AOL on my system). Perhaps a reinstall of the AOL software may help this?

Also, when you reboot the router, it's best to turn the PC off also. Leave them off for 2-3 minutes, then turn the router on. Wait 2-3 minutes and then turn the PC on. This gives the hardware time to initialize and acquire the necessary adresses.
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