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Old 03. Mar 2011, 02:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Windows 7 64-bit defragger

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I'm unsure as to whether it is advisable to use third-party defraggers, such as Defraggler on 64-bit windows.

Will this be a wise choice, or would the native windows defrag tool be best?

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Old 03. Mar 2011, 02:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I can't answer your question definitively. I have chosen to only use the built-in Windows 7 defragmenter. I think it does a fine job. I see no need to use a 3rd party tool with Windows 7.

While I am still a freeware junkie, with Windows 7, I'm finding myself using less and less 3rd party tools.
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Old 03. Mar 2011, 05:11 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Ok, I'll stick with the Windows defrag tool until it gives me a reason not to I guess.

Is there any specific things that should be done to prepare before defragging?

I've gone to 7 straight from XP and I know the Windows Defrag in XP worked best by turning off screensavers and running msconfig to boot with no (basic) services, and turning off anti-virus software, which stopped the Defrag process from continually restarting.
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Old 03. Mar 2011, 05:57 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Post Disk defrag

I use Mydefrag as it is 'Readyboot' aware, it does a great job but be warned it takes quite a long time to run if you have a large, especially full, disk(s). Defragler is another sound choice.

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I don't do any of that, and I don't see a need to.

However, I do 3 things first:

1. Run CCleaner.
2. Use the "run" command and type "%temp%" (without the quote marks). It will come up with a ton of temporary files. I delete anything older than 2 days old.
3. Go to the Windows/temp directory and delete anything older than 2 days old.

Then, I defrag. Or, if you'd rather, just set defrag to run weekly on it's own.
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Old 03. Mar 2011, 06:51 AM   #6 (permalink)
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OK thanks. Good advice. I didn't know about the temp command. That will be an extra to get rid of the junk that accumulates.

I just remember on my old XP machine it would take almost a day to defrag if I didn't do those steps I mentioned cos it would restart every 5 mins whenever the disk was read/accessed by processes.

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I use MyDefrag.
It can take some time especially if you select the monthly defrag option. I usually prefer to use the weekly defrag option to cut down on time and HDD wear.
You can choose to defrag system and data partitions individually with their own specific algorithm.
The graphical representation of the file layout is very good too.

I run CCleaner (including removal of old unneeded system restore points) prior to defrag.
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I don't know too much about 7 but I have Vista Home Premium. I read that defragging is just not necessary - at least on Vista. Any expert views on that please?
I also clean out the temp files etc.
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Old 03. Mar 2011, 08:38 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I believe I read somewhere that Vista an Win 7 are good at preventing fragmentation in the first place.

Imo, unless you're installing a lot of software in a short period of time, or installing programs that take up a lot of space (like games for example), then you really don't need to defrag but about once every six months. If you do it too often, then you can actually shorten the life of the drive even more. The benefits in performance to defragging regularly , are negligible.
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Yes I don't plan on defragging too regularly. I'll have to do it quite regularly in the near future as I do indeed install software that is large. Both a few games and architectural software (which are huge!)
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