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    Defrag question

    I asked our Network dept. if it was any good to run Defrag on my NT and 2000 systems. Their replay was that defrag didn't do much any more and just blew me off for asking such as dumb question.

    Does anyone have any comments on this question:
    Does runnig Defrag have any effect on NT4 and 2000 workstations?

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    Re: Defrag question

    Well, I think you need to ask yourself how good your Network dept is.

    The <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.diskeeper.com/diskeeper/diskeeper.asp>Diskeeper</A> site will surely have some good arguments for needing it.
    I can't imagine why Microsoft would bother including Diskeeper lite with W2K if defragging wasn't necessary. There was an early idea that NTFS drives did not fragment, but they do, and sometimes quite badly.
    Simplest way to prove it is to run the defragger on a W2K system - it will quickly show you the state of fragmentation on each drive.

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    Re: Defrag question

    Agreed, fragmentation is a way of life! The next time you see that @#%! from IT, you might spend a moment looking at them like they are dumb... It's more likely they don't want to take a few moments to show you how to do it, (assuming you don't already know...)

    I have to admit, I don't defrag as much as I should, but i'm definitely a strong supporter of it. (especially when i'm tired... something about watching defrag do its thing just puts me right to sleep!)

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    Re: Defrag question

    we purchased a copy of Diskeeper 6 for our 2 servers (one development, one WWW server), running NT4, so they both happily defrag automatically (at quiet times) ...
    and my users are much happier with the speed of both systems.

    now it may be true that the standard defrag tool is not up to much, but i'd vote for proper defragmenting all the time.
    john

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    Re: Defrag question

    My understanding of the situation was that NT did not require defragging because NT defragged "on the fly". The idea was that the operating system took care of defragmentation as it went about it's business and therefore never needed defragging. I notice that 2000 has a built in defragging tool but I don't know whether it is defragging files or just folder structures. It could be that it is not actually defragging files because it takes care of that as it goes. Not sure. In any case there was no defragging tool provided with NT.

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    Re: Defrag question

    I've never heard that before but I have to say that if it's true, NT does a really poor job of it! Running Diskeeper for the first time on our servers made a pretty big difference to the speed of them.
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    Re: Defrag question

    Before retirement, I was using CAD CAM software, we would need to run "Diskeeper" daily.

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

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    Re: Defrag question

    I'm with Leif. Your IT dept are morons. We set our machine to defrag every night. Deskeeper is the best.

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