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Defrag in Safe mode?

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by Jim Wulf, Feb 16, 2003.

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  1. Jim Wulf

    Jim Wulf Thread Starter

    Nov 25, 2002
    Is it better and faster to defrag in safe mode so you don't have to do things like close the screensaver and desktop wallpaper and temporarily deactivate the anti-virus program, etc..?

    Another question: If you install another hard drive, ex.. drive D:, can it be used only for programs and file storage without an operating system installed?
    If so, how do you do that?

    Thanks, Jim
  2. Cowboy622


    Oct 4, 2001
    Yes, many people find it easier to defrag in safe mode for that reason.

    And yes, it is my understanding that you can have your programs on another harddrive or a different partition on the main hard drive than your OS (operating system). To do this, just boot your computer normally and when you are installing a program, you are asked in the installation process whether or not its okay to install in C:>programs/"name of program installed". You just direct it to D:>programs/ etc...
  3. buckaroo


    Mar 25, 2001
    Hi Jim. It's not necessary to defrag in safe mode, but as you noted, some may prefer it to taking those other steps to insure an uninterrupted defrag.

    A second HD can be installed without an OS. Briefly, just install it as a slave to your primary drive and reboot. Your operating system should hopefully recognize the drive, give it the letter D:, and then you can format it and your good to go to store whatever you want on there.

    If you need specifics, let us know more about your pc, OS, etc.

  4. Del


    Aug 31, 2001
    I've been running ME for years and the only way I can get thru defrag is in safe mode. Should work fine for you.
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