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    disk defrag (WindowsXP-home)

    Greetings. I'm just trying to get some ideas on what is the best way to perform a disk defrag . I've always defragged with the PC in normal operating mode. I read that the anti-virus program should be turned off during the defrag. Please advise if there is a better way to do the defrag. Thanks- Kim

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    Re: disk defrag (WindowsXP-home)

    What program are you using to do these defrag's?

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: disk defrag (WindowsXP-home)

    The built-in Defragment utility in Windows XP seems to be perfectly content to work while an antivirus program is active.

    For better defragmentation and more options, consider using a third-party utility such as Diskeeper (the utility built into Windows XP is actually a "lite" version of Diskeeper) or PerfectDisk.

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    Re: disk defrag (WindowsXP-home)

    A fast reliable defragger is by SysInternals HERE
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    Re: disk defrag (WindowsXP-home)

    I've been using the PerfectDisk that Hans has linked to for quite some time and am VERY satisfied with its completeness, unintrusive operation and (fairly) good ease of use. If you search The Lounge you'll find it mentioned many times. I defrag my C: drive during the night, every night at 1 AM while I'm sleeping. It only takes a few minutes and I DO NOT shutdown my AV program. I have ALWAYS found that the third-party defrag programs are much better than that which is provided with Windows, but that doesn't include Vista with which I have no defragging experience.

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    Re: disk defrag (WindowsXP-home)

    Thanks for the info.

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    Re: disk defrag (WindowsXP-home)

    Thanks for the reply. I'm using the defrag program that comes with XP. I don't recall where I read that the antivirus program should be shut down during a defrag. I do know that on my PC the defrag time is dramatically reduced when I turn off the antivirus program. Have you any knowledge of defraging with the PC in safe mode? I've never come across anything on that topic.

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    Re: disk defrag (WindowsXP-home)

    Thank-you for your reply. Do you know of any reason why anyone would want to defrag a PC in safe mode?


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    Re: disk defrag (WindowsXP-home)

    Thanks again for your reply and the info about the defrag program. Do you know of any reason why someone would want to run a defrag with the PC in safe mode?

    Respectfully,
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    Re: disk defrag (WindowsXP-home)

    In older versions of Windows, the defragmentation process would be interrupted and restart frequently if other programs/processes were running. Starting in safe mode is a good way to ensure that only the bare minimum of processes is active, so in those versions of Windows you'd have a much better chance of running defragmentation to completion.
    The Windows XP defragmentation utility will continue running even if other applications are active. It may run faster under safe mode, though.

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    Re: disk defrag (WindowsXP-home)

    Hans picked up on the answer regarding older defrag versions. You could watch the progress bar going along nicely and then Bang, it would start all over again.
    With todays defrags the you can run without safe mode and still have it do a good job. Power Defrag is particularly fast. IMHO.
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    Re: disk defrag (WindowsXP-home)

    Thanks again. The main difficulty I have had with the Windows XP defragger is when I tried to defrag a disk with under 15% available space. I tried to force a defrag by typing in defrag c: /f in the run command window (Start, Run) which I had read sometimes works. Unfortunately I was unable to defrag the drive until I freed up to greater than 15% available space. If you have any ideas on how to defrag a drive with under 15% available space with the Windows XP defragger, I'd love to know.

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    Re: disk defrag (WindowsXP-home)

    You can't - the defragment utility needs free space to move pieces of files around in. According to Microsoft Windows XP - Defrag
    <hr>A volume must have at least 15% free space for defrag to completely and adequately defragment it. Defrag uses this space as a sorting area for file fragments. If a volume has less than 15% free space, defrag will only partially defragment it.<hr>
    Having little free space is a problem anyway. Since disks are relatively cheap nowadays, I'd get a bigger hard disk or an extra hard disk.

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    Re: disk defrag (WindowsXP-home)

    You might want to try Auslogics Disk Defrag. It's an independent program, <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> and only 1.55MB download. I don't think it requires (much) free disk space to operate.

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    Re: disk defrag (WindowsXP-home)

    From the PerfectDisk web page, earlier in this thread:
    <hr>Requires as little as 1% free space <hr>

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