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    5 Star Lounger
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    Defrag alternatives?

    I have a PC running Win98SE with 12 x 20Gb HDDs capturing streaming video and running 24 x 7.

    Stopping all processes and running defrag takes 18 hours plus per drive. I've read the posting in this forum and am about to try the WinME defrag and running in Safe Mode.

    I just wondered if someone had a handle on either a better method, or an alternate product. The company is paying some a commercial solution as just as acceptable as freeware! <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

    TIA.
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    Re: Defrag alternatives?

    Many folks here in The Lounge would recommend Diskeeper. It's "only" $50-bucks. I don't know what the turnover is on those drives of yours, hence whether this statement will be true for you also. But, for most of us, once Diskeeper has done its first defrag (which MAY take awhile), if you set it to defrag daily it only runs for a few minutes on the six partitions I have on the three drives in this machine. Not nearly the volume of data you must be dealing with, but I would hope you would see an improvement.

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    Re: Defrag alternatives?

    Thanks, Al.

    I have to admit to having skipping over that part of the postings. Just trying to do too many things at once.

    Seems to have a lot of potential for me, I have 60 PCs at this site.
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    Re: Defrag alternatives?

    Hi Granville:
    Just thought I'd let you know that I tried both--the improved WinME defrag & Diskeeper LIte. The first was a nice improvement, but the second was a big improvement. I haven't gotten the paid version yet. <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Defrag alternatives?

    Can you give a bit more background info...
    Are the drives being filled up in sequence with data - i.e. being constantly over-written? If so, defragging may be somewhat pointless. Do you know for sure the drives need defragging?

    Otherwise, the most important requirement for defragging (to my knowledge) is free space. Diskeeper recommends something in the region of 30% of the total disk size to cater for large files.
    If you are using FAT, I also understand that defragging entails placing all files to the beginning of the drive to leave all empty space at the end. (On NTFS drives, Diskeeper simply defragments any fragmented files with minimal sorting of free space.) In other words, if you are defragging a FAT drive with 20,000 files on it, defrag spends hours sorting them to the front of the drive. If you are defragging a smaller number of very large files with little free space, defrag is spending hours shuffling files and free space around in an attempt to create a single free space big enough to place one large file. It then goes through the whole shebang again for the next one....

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    One other thought. If you have 12 drives at 18 hours each... that's 9 days! Why not invest in another HDD.
    1] Copy entire contents of Drive #1 to (lucky) Drive #13.
    2] Delete contents of Drive #1
    3] Copy back contents of Drive #13
    4] Delete contents of Drive #13
    5] Repeat from Step 1 with Drive #2....

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