Defragmentation is the process that reduces the amount of fragmentation on a hard disk drive.

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SSD: “The volume is too fragmented to complete this operation”

I am currently configuring a Thinkpad E540, having inserted a 256 GB M.2 SSD into the corresponding slot, in order to run Windows 8 from the SSD instead of using the preconfigured 16 GB SSD as a cache ...
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Defragsvc service causes high cpu load whe notebook is idle on Windows 8

When notebook is idle, defragsvc service starts to doing some weird things and causes high cpu load. This is not regular defragmentation job, since all disks (both ssd and hdd) are not fragmented. I ...
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Tune up utilities drive defrag ate my disk space [duplicate]

Today I used Tune up drive defrag and after using it my free disk space decreased by 9 GB. Why did this happen. What can I do to recover the disk space? Thank you. I just found out that this is using ...
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Partitioning issues with an SSD drive

I have a Solid State Drive with 24 GB of free space. I want to shrink the volume by 20 GB to create a partition to install and dual-boot Linux Ubuntu OS. The problem is Windows disk management tool ...
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Should I defrag an SSD drive? [duplicate]

Can I run Windows' defrag on an SSD drive ? Well I believe the short answer is yes, I've heard that SSD drives require special and specific tailored defrag programs. Is it true and, if so, where ...
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Defragment a file or folder? Windows 7

Is there a built-in way to defragment a folder? I am using VM Player so I would like my 3 GB disk image to be defragmented if possible. My disk partition that the image lies in has 12 GB left and ...
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High response times in HDD. MFT, fragmentation or even halted disk?

I am experiencing really high response times im my HDD, which can go around 13000ms (from Win8 Task Manager). This occurs when starting up windows and for at least 3-4 minutes, also when doing ...
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Windows 8 will not defrag or analyze system hard drive

I recently bought a new laptop that runs windows 8. It has been about a month and I wanted to clean the system up a bit to keep it running smooth. I tried to defrag the system hard disk drive but when ...
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PowerShell Remote Defrag

I have the following code that works fine on my Windows 7 computer: $Defrag = Get-WmiObject Win32_Volume -Filter "DriveLetter='c:'" -ComputerName "SRLVHOMAPP01" | Invoke-WmiMethod -Name Defrag But ...
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Is it bad to defrag a ssd? Or just pointless? [duplicate]

I've read on some websites that it's bad to defrag an ssd. But I'm reading on this website now and one person was like "You didnt do any harm its just not necessary to defrag it." I feel like that's ...
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Maximum sequential speed for folder, defragment

How can I move folder at the beginning of the drive (partition) to achieve maximum sequential read speed in Windows? Can you recommend defragmentation tool that can do this ?
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Impossible to defragment and resize a partition

I'm trying to shrink the main partition on my new PC with Windows 7 64-bit preloaded from 500 GB to 100 GB. Unfortunately, some files prevent any attempt to go below 290 GB. I have already ...
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How to defrag Virtual Box HDD files?

I am using Virtual Box on Windows 7 Machine. I have created several virtual machines of Ubuntu Servers on it. I store my all virtual hard drives on a dedicated NTFS partition. This partitions has ...
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When I copied photos from my camera to my desktop, they have fragmented equally throughout the remainder of my hard drive. Why?

A couple of days ago I copied 200 or so CR2 photos from my DSLR Canon EOS 1000D to a folder on my Desktop. Today when I opened up my defrag program it shows that 1 or 2 images has been scattered in ...
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What block allocation algorithm does NTFS use?

On Windows XP 64, I downloaded a 1.2 GB file and it ended as fragmented as the image shows. Unfortunately, before taking the snapshot from Piriform Defraggler I defragmented the other files, so you ...
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When is the data in the journal written to the disk?

(1) mentions that "With a journal the file is first written to the journal, punch-in, and then the journal writes the file to disk when ready. Once it has successfully written to the disk, it is ...
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What is the “System” disk that shows up in Disk Defragmenter?

When I run the "Disk Defragmenter" program that is included with Windows, two different "drives" show up. The first is, as expected, my C: drive. The second just shows up as System: What is this ...
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Windows 8(.1) additional utilities

I'll be brief: I've formatted my computer and now I'm trying to install as little software as possible. I was wondering if CCleaner and Defraggler are really necessary? Is cleaning the registry ...
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How to manually move files on physical hard drive?

How can I manually move files on a physical hard disk? I want to move files which are never modified, only read, to the end of the partition, like movies or something.
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Do SSDs get fragmented, and if they do, is that an issue?

Do solid state drives get fragmented? And if they do, does it cause their performance to suffer?
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Wiping Deleted Directory Entries and Defragmenting Directories

Edit I guess I should clarify that that the goal is not to securely wipe data or wipe traces of activity. The goal is to defragment folders. It’s easier to understand what I want for those who are ...
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Trying to defrag computer on Windows 8 but possible virus wont let me open program

After trying to open Defrag through command prompt I receive this message The storage optimizer cannot start because you have insufficient privileges to perform this operation. <0x89000024> Help ...
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When will Fragmentation appear such that a Fragment is at an lower address as the Basefragment?

By Basefragment I mean the first fragment of a file -- containing the header etc. Lets say I have a file which is fragmented into 3 fragments (1, 2, 3). 1 has the lowest address. I think most file ...
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Unable to defragment win7 laptop

I have a Windows 7 laptop that I have been unable to defragment for the last several months. When I try to invoke the defragmenter from the command line it says "The dirty bit is set on this volume". ...
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How do I go about increasing defrag speed?

I'm running a defrag on a friend's laptop which is horribly fragmented and it is taking an age. Would killing any unnecessary running processes increase the speed of the defrag or is the bottleneck ...
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What is this mystery volume in Windows 8.1?

What is this mysterious volume listed in Optimize Drives list in Windows 8.1? I only have one hard disk, drive C:.
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Computer is very slow to open folder [closed]

How to fix my computer to make it very fast to access all folders? After defragmentation, my computer became very slow to open a folder. Before defragmentation, it could access the files from a ...
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Does Windows 8.1 prevent defragmentation from a SSD even in the event of running by mistake defrag on command prompt?

Hope you can me with this. I am concerned about a possible defragmentation on my SSD. I have a laptop running Windows 8.1 preinstalled and further equipped with a SSD. Windows 8.1 has detected the ...
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Can't shrink a data partition on a Windows 8 computer

My computer is running Windows 8 X64 Enterprise. I have two partitions, C (System) and D (Data). Both are bitlocked. I would like to shrink my D partition (in order to create a new one). Using the ...
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What happens if I stop defragmentation?

I'm using Disk Defragmenter to defragment a volume (almost 160 GiB in size). I thought it would stop after 100% defragmentation, but now I see there are multiple "passes" for "consolidation". The ...
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Disk fragmentation. Is it suppose to take up more space?

I decided to defrag my laptop for the first time after having my laptop for 1,5 years. I found this program piriform defraggler to use. it says my HDD is 13% fragmented, I clicked defrag and it says ...
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Windows 8: disk usage is always at 100%

I have noticed recently that my laptop runs slowly. Reason is (as I think) that disk usage is at 100% most of the time. It's also true even when running relatively disk-independent apps. What did I ...
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defrag command line in Windows 7

I'm trying to consolidate my system partition volume by running defrag in a command prompt in command line recovery mode. This is the command I'm trying to have executed: defrag C: /X /H /U After I ...
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Does downloading/copying files simultaneously promote fragmentation?

Does writing more than one file simultaneously to a hard drive partition promote fragmentation? Would these files be written interlaced on the hard drive? Examples: Downloading several files ...
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Windows 8 wrongly detects my Raid1 HDD as Solid state disk

I have upgraded my machine from Windows 7 to Windows 8 and then Windows 8.1 (this is the only available upgrade path to keep my files, settings AND applications). My system is setup as follows: 2 x ...
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Are multiple defragmenters a good idea?

Not willing to try this out on my only computer, but it occurred to me that using multiple hard drive defragmenters might be a good idea, or might be disastrous. I'm not asking for which defragmenter ...
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Defragmentation - stuck at high percent, SQL and big file drives

I have a question regarding fragmentation - I am maintaining a couple of SQL and file servers. All of them store their data on D:\ (for SQL server it makes D:\ drive be actually about 10 files, all ...
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Windows will not open processes

I recently I come upon an unexplainable issue concerning my Windows 7 partition. When I woke up Thursday morning and logged into Windows, I discovered that it was acting really slow. It didn't take ...
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OS partition has 512 bytes clusters, should I convert to 4k?

I made a mistake and formatted the OS partition with 512 bytes cluster size, thinking that this will save a lot of space when storing small files (That was a long time ago, I didn't know that it will ...
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What's the fastest application for defragmenting NTFS?

For daily/weekly use, so not copying whole disk/partition to disk/partition. What's the fastest way in Windows to defragment NTFS? Edited to add: This is on a 2 Tb hard drive, used for storage only, ...
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Reallocation Event Count high threshold

I've bought recently a WD black, and I've made a SMART check on it, these are the values : http://prntscr.com/3t6szr The rellocation event count worries me. The HDD works pretty neat tho. Installed ...
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Can a USB be removed with out un-mounting during de-fragmentation

I have a USB flash drive formatted to fat32 and I have a batch file to defragment it. Would there be any damage done to the flash drive or it's files if I was to unplug it from the USB port while it ...
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Best way to defragment hard drive? [closed]

I'm trying to understand how defragmenting works so I can write my own program to do it. I was considering have it iterate through the files on the hard drive and defragment them each seperately. ...
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Does a fixed size Virtual Machine file (vmdk, etc..) become fragemented?

Just sort of remembered something from OS class about fragmentation and was wondering if anyone knows for sure whether a VM file is liable to become fragmented if you tell it what size the hard drive ...
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Does Windows 7 actually defragment an SSD drive if you tell it to?

Defragmenting an SSD drive is a bad idea and Windows 7 is (should be?) smart enough not to schedule defragmentation on such drives. However, I've opened up Disk Defragmenter on my system and found, ...
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Are there cases where defragmentation slows down computer? [duplicate]

In the question Disk Defrag slowing computer down? the answerer claims that there probably isn't any reason for defragmentation to slow down a computer. If I have a 5GB movie and I make it one ...
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Boot defrag before or after full defragmentation

As part of regular housekeeping I often run defraggler. I also run a boot time defrag. Is there any difference what order these should be run. I usually run boot-defrag first as I feel the normal ...
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Cleaning and housekeeping Linux computer hard disk

I started using Linux recently. On windows (which I've used all my life) to keep the HD tidy there are several tools, e.g. disk cleanup and defragger. On Linux what should I do to tidy up a hard disk. ...
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Can you defrag an encrypted file system

I just encrypted my entire hard drive with truecrypt and was wondering can I still defrag it? Or will that not work anymore or break something.
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How often should I defragment drives?

You can schedule Disk Defragmenter on Windows 7 to defragment disks daily. When it is useful?