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4answers
471 views

Defragmentation stops and does not reduce below 52%

In one of my PC a single drive is not defragmenting. When i do it using windows defragmentation option the fragmentation does not reduce below 52%. I tried so many times and facing same problem. Then ...
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1answer
2k views

Why do big gaps remain after defragmentation in Windows XP?

I had the understanding that disk defragmentation in Windows XP reorganises your data so that files are contiguous along your hard drive. Every time I defragment my hard drive, I end up with blue ...
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1answer
901 views

Windows XP scheduled task not running at appointed time and triggering on login

I have a scheduled defrag task on my Windows XP machine to wake up the computer and run at 3:00am every day. Then I have two other scheduled tasks, one to reboot the machine after the Defrag at ...
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2answers
1k views

Can users besides Administrator run defrag in XP?

I know you can't do this by default, you will get somethign like "You must have administrator privileges to run this application.." or whatever, but I have tried various ways to get around this. I ...
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2answers
876 views

How to defrag a folder to make sequential file access faster

I work with real-time video apps, and just defragged my (Win XP) system to try to improve the general performance. It did... but it appears to have destroyed the generally contiguous nature of certain ...
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5answers
1k views

Why does Windows Defragmenter do nearly nothing on a disk with 23% empty space?

While trying to defragment a 80 GB NTFS (4 KB cluster size) volume on Windows XP, I encountered a strange problem: the defragmentation process is very quick, but also very useless. Graphically, I ...
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1answer
2k views

Disk Defrag slowing computer down?

I asked How to speed up my computer? in another post and one answer was to run disk defrag. I have done this before and in the majority of cases (with multiple computers not just one) it seems to ...
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2answers
1k views

What Windows app can I use to defragment a FAT32 drive's directories at boot time?

What (Windows app) can I use to defragment FAT32 directories? I used to be a fan of PerfectDisk, but they've disabled the feature in their latest versions, and I have drives that I need to use both ...
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4answers
757 views

Is there any way to defrag a bootable XP hdd so all the free space is at the end of the drive?

I have an old PC booting Windows XP from a 40Gb drive. It also has a 320Gb hdd and a CD r/w. The 40Gb drive is getting quite noisy, and I'd like to swap it for a quieter 12Gb drive I have lying ...
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4answers
1k views

Should I defrag my drive before upgrading to windows 7 from xp?

If I am upgrading from XP to Windows 7 by doing a custom clean install, should I defrag my computer before I start the process? Or does it not even matter since everything will be wiped?
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3answers
2k views

Is it possible to defrag the hard disk without admin rights?

Is it possible to defrag the hard disk without admin rights? I'm using Windows XP.
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2answers
136 views

Is there any advantage to using the program “Advanced Defrag” over the defrag capability in XP?

I followed the "Related Questions" link but "Advanced Defrag" was not mentioned. If there are advantages, please list them.
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1answer
622 views

Windows XP: Disk Cleanup: File takes a long time to access

I recently ran Disk Cleanup (with the "compress old files" option) and Disk Defragmenter on a PC with Windows XP. This computer was purchased in 2004, and was a "middle of the road" computer at the ...
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2answers
596 views

Windows cannot initialize a synchronization event

I get the above error message in a Windows batch file that tries to defrag two disks (Windows XP Professional SP3), on the second defrag. The first one works fine. The relevant code is: echo My C: ...
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2answers
937 views

Defrag during/“after” shutdown?

I use PageDefrag to keep my page-file healthy, and have it set to run at every boot with a 1sec timeout. I think it would be really handy to be able to defrag the rest of my machine every-time I tell ...
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2answers
346 views

Windows XP - File Fragmentation, what is it and why does it occur?

I'm an XP user and I've always wondered why files become "fragmented", and why you don't have to deal with defragmenting the hard drive in Linux? Is it something that's Windows-specific or do Linux ...
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3answers
99 views

Can You Defragment with Help of a Separate Drive on XP?

So basically I have a drive that I've tried to clean up, but I still cannot get enough continuous space on it for files to defragment properly, so can I use another drive with a lot of extra space to ...
0
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1answer
80 views

Extra Volumes appearing after using MyDefrag

After using MyDefrag, when I start the defrag again, two new drives have appeared - with very odd names. They are both named the same thing: \\?\Volume{WhatLooksLikeAGUID} Note the Guid (and hence ...
2
votes
5answers
700 views

Is it normal that XP's defrag programm will take hours and do only a small part of the job?

When running XP's default defrag program on my Acer laptop, it takes maybe 3 hours before it stops, and then the job is never done: it is clear from the programs graph that a lot remains to be done ...
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4answers
1k views

Windows XP scheduled tasks and defragmenting?

I am trying to set a seduled task to defrag my HDD on a regular basis and following the guide on http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/learnmore/tips/gehrke1.mspx. It does not work. That ...
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3answers
3k views

Can I defrag my hard drive while downloading a file, if the file is on an external hdd?

I'm running Windows XP, so my guess is that the answer would be no.
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4answers
204 views

Why defragging should be manually started in Windows XP?

Why we have to manually start the disk defragmenter in Windows XP?.
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7answers
1k views

Looking for an alternative to the Windows defrag utility [closed]

Under Windows XP, what are some alternatives to the default disk defragmenter?