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Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by billoo, Oct 9, 2003.

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  1. billoo

    billoo Thread Starter

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    I have windows 98SE and a 30 GB seagate hard disk . I run diskeeper lite(free) for defragmenting the hard disk and I do it manually on daily basis. It only takes 4-5 minutes to complete. I am overall satisfied with the utility but still feel that it is not that good as normmal windows defragmenter was. I want to ask can I run windows normal defragmenter utility once or twice a month. Does the normal windows defragmenter utility remains active after we install this diskeeper lite . I could experiment but thought that I should ask first.
     
  2. WhitPhil

    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

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    Windows defrag is still there and "could" be run.

    BUT, if you do, IT will have a different view of the fragmentation level on your disk, and will defrag according to it's rules.

    Then, when you run DKlite again, IT TOO, will have a different view, and use it's own rules for defragging.

    I "think" there is one subtle difference between the 2 products, in that DKlite does not defrag the free space. So, all files are unfragmented, but there will be free space scattered throughout the drive. (again, I "think" this is so)

    Bottom line, choose on defrag program and stick with it.
     
  3. billoo

    billoo Thread Starter

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    Thanks WhitPhil for the info and your opinions. I think that you are 100% right and that I should choose one. When I look at it from the feasibility angle I think that dklite is much better. It takes very little time and I do not have to go to safe mode. So I am sticking to dklite. Thanks for your reply.
     
  4. Fredledingue

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    hmm, if it takes only 4 or 5 min to defrag 30 Gb... I don't know.
     
  5. WhitPhil

    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

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    The capacity of the drive is 30GBs. How much of that is used wasn't indicated.
    But, if you defrag on a daily basis, AND DKLite is ONLY doing files not free space, AND you aren't creating or modifying "tons" of files, 4-5 minutes sounds reasonable.
     
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