hmmm, I have found defrag was improved when
I partitioned the HD into smaller sections...
Three partitions on a 40GB drive.
Two partitions on a 120GB drive,
using windows defrag.
I thought this was a hint but with no followup I'll pick this one up. I, too, suggest partitioning to increase defrag speed, but for different reasons
1 partition for you OS and installed programs
1 partition for your system cache (virtual memory, page file, etc)
1 partition for your temporary internet files
1 partition for your work product (documents and the like) and application settings
1 partition for everything else
YMMV or you may not need as many partitions depending on your sense of organization.
This way you can easily format and reinstall windows without much affecting your application settings, preferences, losing work product etc. It has the added benefit of decreasing defrag time as very few partitions will require frequent defrags.
edit: I'm not particularly fond of powerdisk. That's not to say it's a "bad" application. I prefer, and use, O&) defrag: http://www.oo-software.com/en/products/oodefrag/pro.html
Edited by Truth Loves You, 27 January 2005 - 10:25 PM.