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Defragging XP

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by mstine, Apr 24, 2004.

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  1. mstine

    mstine Thread Starter

    Apr 23, 2004
    I have had my computer 1 year and have never defraged it. How long appromitly would it take to do this?
    I won't be able to do anything on my computer while it is defraging will I?

    :confused: :eek: (n) :eek: :cool:
  2. jspatz1


    Jan 5, 2004
    There is no way to say how long your defrag will take. It depends entirely on how large your hard disk is and how fragmented it is. CHances are it will take at least an hour, but could take multiple hours depending on how big your drive is.

    Yes, you will be able to do other things while the defrag is running. That's what Windows is all about, multi-tasking. Performance will just be slow and sluggish, especially when accessing files on your drive.

    I would recommend before you defrag that you delete everything you possibly can and don;t need. This includes, temp files, temp internet files, histories, recent lists, dowloads and docs you don;t need, etc. No sense in defraging things you don;t want. They will only recreate more fragmented space when you do delete them.
  3. rayearle


    Apr 6, 2004
    I've read recently that defragging makes no difference on todays multiple Ghz CPU's with much faster (than ten years ago) data transfer rates. As one who has frequently defragged for nearly fifteen years, I will say that on older slower CPU's with slow disk transfer rates it used to make a noticeable difference, whereas on the faster computers of today it doesn't seem to make a lot of difference any more. That said, I still think it's a good idea to defrag upon occasion. Concerning the question of working on the computer while it's being defragged, it's OK to do so but you're partially defeating the purpose of degragment, by potentially introducing more fragmentation, while the dragmentation is taking place. Older Windows defragger versions were notorious for restarting if disk activity took place during defragmentation... but of course you can do so.
  4. Bold_Fortune


    Jan 2, 2003
    mstine, if you're a user who hasn't considered defragging for a full year, I'd suggest you learn a little bit more about system maintenance. Your personal computer no doubt cost you a few bucks, and a little knowledge in this area can go a long way toward protecting that investment.

    Have you ever run chkdsk?

    Have you ever run the Disk Cleanup Utility?

    Have you ever run a spyware cleaner?

    You don't need to become an expert in the area of system maintenance, but you can protect your investment for years to come by learning just a little.
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