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windows defrag ?

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by jamjar, 21 Feb 2010.

  1. jamjar

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    Hi All i have the free Defrag program mydefrag on my p.c with windows 7 and wondered if i need to switch of the scheduled defrag built in with windows 7 ?:confused:
     
  2. mrk

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    You don't really need to use any 3rd arty software. The Windows defragger is a set it and forget defrag service and works very well, gets the same results as any other defragger.
     
  3. V4NT0M

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    I use a third party defraggler because I like to see what it's doing and it's a lot more customizable. Personally I'd switch off any scheduled windows defraggles to avoid any unnecessary fraggles.
     
  4. mrk

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    It consolidates free space and defrags, what is there to see?!

    Mine is set to defrag at 1am on a Sunday weekly.

    The most boring maintenance task in the world is defragging so set it and forget is the course of action.
     
  5. sturmtruppe

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    Ive scheduled it once a month. And coz im on quad, i can game while its doing it.
     
  6. mrk

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    CPU has nothing to do with defragging performance and if Windows detects you using resources while it's attempting to start a task then it will wait until you're done and the system is idle.
     
  7. jamjar

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    So does it still work if the p.c is off ??:confused:
     
  8. whitecrook

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    yes.
     
  9. Xinn

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    How does it do that if there is no power to the machine?
     
  10. whitecrook

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    Magic. Duh.
     
  11. jamjar

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    is that the windows built in defrag ?
     
  12. jamjar

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    yeah it must be ,but how does it do it explain to a untech person ha!:confused:
     
  13. geekyEd

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    defraggler rocks, I prefer to see have a program showing me whats going on so I can estimate when its going to end. Windows sucks at this.
     
  14. jamjar

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    Okay and do u run defraggler with win 7 ?
     
  15. SiriusB

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    Ugh, Windows 7 does it all in the background. Who cares when it is going to end? The simple fact is it gets done, and it gets done regularly. You will never have a HDD that is more than 1 or 2% fragmented unless you have done a massive amount of file deletions and uninstalls.

    I have never done a single manual defrag since I first started using 7 back in BETA.

    As for being able to do other stuff, you can. Windows is smart enough to only do it while there are free resources to do so.
     
  16. jamjar

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    sounds good and does the user account control allow the defrag to start up ? because if you have a free defrag program it won,t let you unless you turn it off :confused:
     
  17. SiriusB

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    Never once been prompted by the UAC. It is one of those things that will run regardless once its been setup.
     
  18. V4NT0M

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    How the data on my disk is arranged, re-arranged and also that something as actually happened. I mean, with the vista/7 defragger how do I even know that anything has been done.

    I use auslogics disk defrag btw.
     
  19. mrk

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    You know because if you run an analysis using defrag your fragmentation will be 0%.

    If a schedule is set or if you manually defrag then the drive will be defragged!
     
  20. IKMS

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    I have never seen any performance enhancement or improvement from Defragging in the past, could someone explain it's benefits over the hour or two it takes?