Does anyone know a good free defragmenter that can be scheduled?

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Does anyone know a good free defragmenter that can both the scheduled and also run in the background with a low priority so as not to affect the user?


WinXP Pro SP2
 
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Diskeeper Pro, Perfect Disk and a host of others. Had to ammend my post---these two items cost money.
 
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use the one included with windows xp.
Disk Defragmenter

You can also automatically defragment your hard disk, although it doesn't need to be done as frequently as cleaning up your hard disk. Open Scheduled Tasks, and double–click Add Scheduled Tasks to start the Scheduled Task Wizard. When you get to the list of applications, click Browse, and navigate to windows\system32\defrag.exe, and click Open.
the rest of the directions are on the following link.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/expert/crawford_october08.mspx
 

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Can the Win XP Defragmenter be set to a low priority? As I imagine that it might start defragmenting at an inconvenient time and bring the whole computer to a crawl.
 

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OK I just tried to use the Task Scheduler as Imidiot suggested. But it asks for a password. I have never set a password. Just turned on and used my computer. I tried leaving the password section blank but got an access denied error.

What should I do about this?
 
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Sharker said:
OK I just tried to use the Task Scheduler as Imidiot suggested. But it asks for a password. I have never set a password. Just turned on and used my computer. I tried leaving the password section blank but got an access denied error.

What should I do about this?
Hi Sharker,

You must be logged on as Administrator or have Admin privileges to run defrag.exe, so I gather that you are attempting to launch defrag from a limited user account?

Another comment: when I run defrag, I shutdown all of my running applications including application services, then I run defrag to completion. I would never attempt to defrag with an up and running system in the background.

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Defrag is not going to work properly if you're running it in the background while other applications are accessing the disk.
 

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Scheduled tasks require an account with a password, that's the way they work. You can setup a special account with admin rights just for running scheduled tasks, it doesn't have to be your user account.
 
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The best one I've used is O&O Defrag V8, but it's not free :( . Works really well in the background - installs itself as a service so it's always there, with a front end to pass data, which can be closed - it uses whatever resources are available, so you can have full power when you need it, and it waits for free CPU time. I've 4 hard drives, and none of them are normaly more than 1% fragmented. :)
 
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