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    [ot] Defrag, or not defrag?

    Hi all

    Questions regarding defrag ...
    1) How often should I defrag my HDD?
    2) Does it really make that much difference?
    3) Are there any non-microsoft utilities to defrag hdds?

    Any help would be appreciated

    badger_fruit - like a fruit bat, but I can't fly.
    And I'm not a bat.
    And I don't eat much fruit.
    I do like pie.
    And cake.

    #2
    1- Once every 15 days is more than enough.
    2- Yes.
    3- Yes. Diskeeper and Perfect Disk are the most popular.

    Also set your swap file to a constant size, reboot, defrag after that.

    I recommend Diskeeper.:up:

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      #3
      Re: [ot] Defrag, or not defrag?

      Originally posted by badger_fruit
      Hi all

      Questions regarding defrag ...
      1) How often should I defrag my HDD?
      My pc is on 24/7 and i run it one per 3 days (at night)

      2) Does it really make that much difference?
      Yes very much, especially when you have a lot of huge files and folders (like movies , games etc.)

      3) Are there any non-microsoft utilities to defrag hdds?
      Diskeeper great software, much faster then windows defragging and the result is much better.

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        #4
        Originally posted by badger_fruit
        Hi all

        Questions regarding defrag ...
        1) How often should I defrag my HDD?
        2) Does it really make that much difference?
        3) Are there any non-microsoft utilities to defrag hdds?

        Any help would be appreciated
        [list=1][*]When it needs doing! Every few days analyze the drive and if you see too much fragmented mess, let it run. Windows will tell you what it thinks you need to do, but that isn't to be taken as gospel. Depends what you see [*]Most definitely does. You will see HUGE leaps in performance if a badly fragmented drive is cleaned up a bit.[*]Yeah, there are. See the other answers, I've not used them though.[/list=1]

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          #5
          1) How often should I defrag my HDD?

          Well I always defrag after I install or uninstall a big game or file.

          2) Does it really make that much difference?

          Yes it makes the pc run smoother

          3) Are there any non-microsoft utilities to defrag hdds?

          Yes Diskeeper is great software

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            #6
            I use O&O Defrag.

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              #7
              Re: [ot] Defrag, or not defrag?

              To defrag, or not to defrag: that is the question:
              Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
              The slings and arrows of outrageous HD-lags,
              Or to take arms against a sea of waiting,
              And by opposing end them? To wait: to sleep
              No more; and by sleep to say we end
              The waiting and the thousand natural lags
              That the HD is heir to, 'tis a consummation
              Devoutly to be wish'd. To wait, to sleep
              To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub

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                #8
                I have recorded an increase of 65 FPS (from a measingly 5) simply after one good defrag. I am not kidding!:up:

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by -=Reclaimer=-
                  Well I always defrag after I install or uninstall a big game or file.
                  thats just overdoing it imo :/

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                    #10
                    i usually defrag whenever i'm bored. I just let it run in the background and continue to do other things as long as they're non-intensive (web surfing, IRC, reading blogs, etc.). Also, i like to defrag before and after any big installations. However, this is just me, you can probably get away with only defragging once every 3 months or so if you're lucky.

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                      #11
                      I generaly run it once a week, it's good for ya.

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                        #12
                        Win 98? All the time.

                        XP? Hardly ever, maybe twice a year.

                        XP and a jam packed hard drive?

                        Somewhere halfway between...

                        Spend money on a third party defrag utility?

                        Only for dummies.

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                          #13
                          i do a nightly cleaning on my comp. first i run disk cleanup, then adaware, then spybot, then i defrag. sometimes i search add/remove programs for anything i might not want but thats only like once a week.

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                            #14
                            Probably just depends how often you add and delete large programs, folders from your HD. I'd say every 3 months or so. I only defrag about two or three times a year myself. I never see that big of a difference after I defrag, but supposidly it saves on the HD a bit.

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                              #15
                              Re: [ot] Defrag, or not defrag?

                              Originally posted by badger_fruit
                              Questions regarding defrag ...
                              1) How often should I defrag my HDD?
                              Generally, never. It's a good idea to do it before you go and make a movie or something else that requires an extreme amount of data to be written without fragmentation. You could also do it right before you install a large game. Especially for games that work with a single large data-file (like Doom3) this might make a difference.

                              Originally posted by badger_fruit
                              2) Does it really make that much difference?
                              Depends on how you do it. Frequently defragging won't do you any good for ordinary desktop applications, including games. Only if you actually start writing large blocks of data can it make a measurable difference.

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