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Free Tools: Recover Deleted Files Link to this article from your site or blog. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 12, 2011 8:57 AM PDT In reply to: freezing I'm unsure how to impress on you that defragging a machine with a history of freezing is ComputerGate, Nov 14, 2005 #24 ComputerGate Specialist Adrynalyne said: Well, unless you can provide an article, such as I have (stating the opposite), I fail to be duly impressed. Back to top #8 Grinler Grinler Lawrence Abrams Admin 42,845 posts OFFLINE Gender:Male Location:USA Local time:10:39 PM Posted 04 November 2006 - 06:39 PM Although you don't want any programs

Here is an example: If you have a file that is fragmented into 50 pieces, and you access it twice a day for a week, that's a total of 700 disk Some popular commercial defraggers include Diskeeper, PerfectDisk, and Auslogics Disk Defrag. See all 25 comments for this article. Windows may show you that a file is in My Documents, but physically, bits and pieces of it may be scattered across the surface of the hard drive's multiple platters. http://www.overclock.net/t/1079415/defrag-too-much

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About CNET Privacy Policy Ad Choice Terms of Use Mobile User Agreement Help Center If it says that your hard drive is too fragmented, then defrag the drive. It may no longer fit between the files where it was stored previously. http://www.diskeeper.com/diskeeper/myths/hard-drive-wear.asp "Myth No. 4: You can wear out your hard drive if you defragment too often.

I've been defragging regularly using an automatic defragmenter for as long as I've had my PC and havent faced any problems. Ask a question usually answered in minutes! Defragmenting the file may cost 100 disk accesses (50 reads + 50 writes), but thereafter only one disk access will be required to use the file. Just defrag already!

That is a very good question and years ago when defragging was more common an easier question, but with the new OS's and better file systems, I have seen alot less Defragment But the concentration of disk activity during a defrag MAY slightly increase the possibility. I really believe that Power Defragmenter would/could be faster. But when free space is limited, a file is more likely to be split into multiple pieces.

But I mean overnight and still going? So it would not require a background in physics to declare that the drive is undergoing a larger percentage of wear and tear during a defrag than it does during typical I suspect that all things are NOT created equal.... On the other hand, if the read/write heads were actually touching the platter, then yes, I could see a defrag causing physical wear.

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  3. If you keep your data files and applications on separate partitions, the same is true. 2.
  4. Some Diskeeper is quite fast in defragging, but, IMHO, on many tests, doesn't defrag the best.


Heavy users may want to defrag once a week. here However, any time you move files around, there is always an extremely slight possibility of their becoming corrupted. How To Defrag Windows 10 How to build your own website? Matth3w, Nov 14, 2005 #21 ComputerGate Specialist Clever.

here is a rundown of reasons why the defrag may not be working properly (and even why it may be freezing up):0. Thats a huge boost. Although the file appears as a single chunk of data to you, it may actually be scattered all over the hard drive, in dozens of little pieces. The PC World Test Center ran a test for that article to discover which defragger best improved system performance.

Adrynalyne said: Can someone explain how it shortens the life expectancy of a drive any more than heavy computer work? Maybe , that's not a good thing . The keys wasd is changed with the arrow keys. Shataan, Nov 15, 2005 #35 ACE 256 MajorGeeks Forum Administrator - Overclocking Expe I dont see how defraging to mutch whould shorten hard drives lives ...

Adrynalyne, Nov 14, 2005 #23 ComputerGate Specialist All this being said, I've never heard of anyone having trouble from defragging once a month and like one of the earlier posters suggested, However, I have never heard, in 15+ years of IT work, of a drive being damaged because of defragging. More questions Why defragmentation of hard disk is important?

Incidentally, the fastest defragmenter is Disk Speedup by Glarysoft.

And there is no way to see the progress, just the spinning wheel that says it is doing something. Bad HDD's fail and good ones seem to last forever. They were quite specific about it, saying that it was not a good idea at all to do it more than once every month or two. When you delete files, the empty spaces left behind fill in randomly as you store new ones.

Register a free account to unlock additional features at BleepingComputer.com Welcome to BleepingComputer, a free community where people like yourself come together to discuss and learn how to use their computers. somehow I think you'd be changing your HD before then DavidGP, Nov 14, 2005 #28 Insomniac Billy Ray Cyrus #1 Fan Halo said: somehow I think you'd be changing your Let it go overnight like I said and still going so I cancelled it. To me defragging often would seem to reduce wear because the procedure would take less time to perform each time would it not?

Posted by: B.A.Geezer 23 Jul 2012 I spend lots of time researching stocks, and get a lot of newsletters about them. You have a lot of fragmented files if it takes longer than that. don't know if it's good or not, but i'll use one, then if there are any fragments, sometimes the other one catches them...buuut....since apparently it's not good to do it all Usually when a PC slowdown.

The question is, how often should you defrag a hard drive? But..... by bluedevil › COOLER MASTER USA MasterLiquid 240 by Jedson3614 › LEPA NEOIlusion CPU Cooler by Jedson3614 › Corsair K55 RGB Keyboard by Jedson3614 › NETGEAR Dual Band 802.11ac Wireless Access Flag Permalink This was helpful (0) Collapse - Freezing also by jomcan / April 11, 2011 11:20 AM PDT In reply to: Any amount of time is too long I am

A defrag doesnt do anything to shorten the life. Flag Permalink This was helpful (1) Collapse - Freezing and How long is too long for defragmenting? Defragging stitches fragmented files back together and writes each file to one contiguous section of the hard drive. It re sorts the data so that it can be organized and accessed faster.

In the window that opens, find the file named "dfrg.inf". by simon.belanger ยท 9 years ago In reply to Local Retailer? Edited by Walkman, 04 November 2006 - 11:05 PM. thanks so much!!!

Failing that, then at the most once a month. I use AVG free Anti-virus which runs weekly. Did you ever stop to think about how much actually moves around on a drive in 1 day of normal(including gaming) use? I shall post an excerpt from this link.

Norby, Dec 14, 2005 #47 Norby Private First Class That should be without touching the others Norby, Dec 14, 2005 #48 (You must log in or sign up to reply After I defrag, bringing up the friends list is near instant.