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    Defrag freed-up space in Xternal HD?

    I recently removed image files from one of my external HDs and placed a new backup on it leaving a lot of extra space. I ran a defrag and defragged the new files but left the freed-up space in a mess. Is there anyway to defrag the excess space that was once occupied by data? Any assistance is appreciated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kbsojourner View Post
    I recently removed image files from one of my external HDs and placed a new backup on it leaving a lot of extra space. I ran a defrag and defragged the new files but left the freed-up space in a mess. Is there anyway to defrag the excess space that was once occupied by data? Any assistance is appreciated.
    Cheers!
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    Hello... I use a pay for program called "Perfect disk 11" Raxco (now V-12) and it has the option to "Consolidate free space" as one of your "defrag" choices. I have used this program , and it works on XP , Vista and "7" 32 and 64 bit OS's Regards Fred
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    You just need an option to defrag the whole disk instead of just a quick optimization defrag. Auslogics (http://www.auslogics.com/en/software/disk-defrag/) has such an option.

    Of course you can also roll your own anytime as well, you said there was a lot of space opened up so maybe not a tremendous amount of data? Simply copying the data to another drive, quick formatting and copying it back consolidates all data.

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    Thank you both. I will check out the suggestions as obviously I need a better defragger!
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    what defragger?

    Quote Originally Posted by kbsojourner View Post
    Thank you both. I will check out the suggestions as obviously I need a better defragger! Cheers,
    What defragger you using at the moment?

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    I am using Piriform's Defraggler free version and it doesn't seem to support the optimization you mention. I have downloaded the free version of Auslogics and have used the optimization on the external HD but it has still left the freed-up space fragged. I will reformat the drive before doing a backup again. I hate paying for software when there's so much good stuff available!
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    You could try Smart Defrag It's free and does a very good job.

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