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    Defraging two drives (Professional)

    I'm new to XP (from 98SE) and tried to run defrag. I noticed quite a difference from the 98 version and can't figure out how to do the following:

    I like to run DEFRAG overnight (from Safe Mode to avoid restarts). I have two hard drives (C: & D. In the old version, this was not a problem but I can't seem to figure out how to set the new DEFRAG program to run on BOTH drives unattended. It seems as though I now have to do the drives individually over two nights UGH!

    Am I missing something?

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    Re: Defraging two drives (Professional)

    Your going to find that alot of people on this Lounge use Diskeeper. You can download a free trial version here Diskeeper It has a feature called [set it and forget it] It will do just what your wanting to do, even in tha back ground. And it works 10 times better then Windows version. Much cleaner Defrag .

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    Re: Defraging two drives (Professional)

    Just a note - Diskeeper will do this and is very clean, efficient and fast but the 'set it and forget it feature' is inoperable in the free version.

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    Re: Defraging two drives (Professional)

    Dang it, thats right Bruce. Well at least try it and you will see how much better it Defrags. If you like it. Buy it. It's a good investment. And then you can set it for Defrag anytime you want and never have to worry about Defrag again. It even defrags your Boot files.

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    Re: Defraging two drives (Professional)

    I'm a recent convert to the Lite (free) version and so far it's worked without a hitch. The "set it and forget it" feature is only available in the full version, but the defrag functionality is identical. It runs fine in the background and doesn't interfere with other apps <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>. (Although I usually have a brew break while Diskeeper does it's stuff.)

    I'm particularly impressed by their tech support. I had a few peculiar "issues" when I installed Diskeeper, and so contacted support. The following excerpt from their response is just a part of the exchange:
    <hr> You are correct, I do not have a known solution for this issue; which is why I gave you something to go with that I've used for other clients in the past. In your case, apparently, it didn't solve the problem.
    I would prefer not to quit on the issue. I'm a professional and when possible I want to fully resolve any ticket, no matter how complex or drawn out the process of finding that solution becomes. <hr>
    If that's typical support for the free version, an on site visit wouldn't be a surprise with the full product!
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    Re: Defraging two drives (Professional)

    This is another Defrag tool I have been very impressed with that I use on one of my other Computers running WinXP. Very clean defrag. Defrags Directories and Boot files. Perfect Disk And it has a 30 day trial use that allows you to use the full version.You can set it to Defrag while you are a sleep or what ever also. And you can set it to defrag your directories upon restart of the system.

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    Re: Defraging two drives (Professional)

    I keep seeing PerfectDisk ads in IT periodicals. They claim to be the best and outperform Diskeeper without actually naming them directly. I am a loyalist, but am curious how PD stacks up against DK.

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    Re: Defraging two drives (Professional)

    Haven't tried PerfectDisk, but I have run DiskKeeper and Norton SpeedDisk against each other, and Norton did the most comprehensive job. It can be scheduled, but nothing (so far) beats the convenience/simplicity of Set and Forget.
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    Re: Defraging two drives (Professional)

    The native XP defragger isn't the greatest, but it's a lot better than previous versions. Safe mode is not required as in the days of Win9x or WinME. You can pop for one of the commercial versions, or just do what I do -- set up the defrag jobs in the Task Scheduler to run overnite, approximately 1-2 hours apart (your mileage may vary.)

    Here's the syntax that defrags my C and F drives in the Task Scheduler...the "-f" (force) switch is optional....
    C:WINDOWSsystem32defrag.exe C: -f
    C:WINDOWSsystem32defrag.exe F: -f

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    Re: Defraging two drives (Professional)

    Thanks guys, for all your help. I now have a better understanding on Defrag in XP and the options I have. As usual, this board provided a great service.

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