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

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  1. Sharker

    Sharker Thread Starter

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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
     
  2. linskyjack

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    Diskeeper Pro, Perfect Disk and a host of others. Had to ammend my post---these two items cost money.
     
  3. imidiot

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    use the one included with windows xp.
    the rest of the directions are on the following link.

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

    Sharker Thread Starter

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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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    Sharker Thread Starter

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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?
     
  6. lotuseclat79

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    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.

    -- Tom
     
  7. brendandonhu

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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.
     
  8. JohnWill

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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.
     
  9. ronjones

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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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