[SOLVED] Windows Defragging and NSW Disc Optimiser

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Cinders

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Hello,

Can anyone please tell me if I use NSW (Utilities) Disc Optimiser regularly, should I also do the regular Windows Defrag?

Thanks

Cinders:)
 

WhitPhil

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No!

You never want to mix and match defrag programs. One will undo what the other one has done.

Speedisk is superior to the MS defrag in that it allows you to do some file placement.

For example, I use it to keep all of my "static", seldom changed files as well as my large files (MP3s, graphics, etc) at the end of the disk drive. Then, they will not get in the way of speedisk as it is defragging the rest of my drive. (it would have to move large files out of the way, and then back again)
 

Cinders

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Thank you WhitPhil,

Now, I have always used Windows defrag before.

I have only recently installed NSW 2003, and have tried Speedisk once.

Will it be ok, then if I now change and start to use Speedisk regularly instead of the Windows defrag?

Many Thanks,

Cinders
 
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As WhitPhil points out, Speeddisk is better than MS defrag in that it will let you place files that seldom change at the end of the HD, which is what I do.

Place files like jpg, gif, mp3 and any others you can think of that don't change at the end. However, be advised that the FIRST time you do this Speeddisk will take a very LONG time. This is because you are totally rearranging the file placement on your HD.

Once you have done it the first time Speeddisk will run much faster the rest of the times.

Think of it this way, if 20% of your files never change, they won't get fragmented and when speeddisk runs, that is 20% fewer files it has to look at and defrag. (y)
 
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