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    Default Defrag ... How often should it be done ?

    Just wondering how often those running XP defrag their drives and whether it should be done on a regular basis, e.g. weekly, monthly ?

    I know it probably depends on how often the computer is used and what programs are used, e.g. downloads & software updates, saving files etc.

    And, am I correct in assuming that Vista automatically defrags ?

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    Default Re: Defrag ... How often should it be done ?

    I think there's a schedule to defrag. But its probably set to a time when the computer is off (if you turn it off that is). Look in task scheduler

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    Default Re: Defrag ... How often should it be done ?

    Not sure about Vista, but 7 does...With XP i use Smart IO defrag which can be scheduled for weekly defrags.
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    Default Re: Defrag ... How often should it be done ?

    I recommend that my customers do it "When they remember, once in a blue moon. Weekly, monthly, bi-monthly, whatever".

    I also give them defraggler, just coz I like it better

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    Default Re: Defrag ... How often should it be done ?

    Thanks guys. Think I'll just manually start defrag fortnightly before I go to bed and let it shut the comp down when it's finished.

    The last defrag I did left a whole heap of fragmented system restore files ... should I be switching system restore off before defrag or is it normal to have some fragmented files left over ?

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    Default Re: Defrag ... How often should it be done ?

    i remember i once had *cough*winME*cough* and it used to defrag very quickly compared to 98se and even xp on the exact same system...
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    Default Re: Defrag ... How often should it be done ?

    Quote Originally Posted by SP8's View Post
    Thanks guys. Think I'll just manually start defrag fortnightly before I go to bed and let it shut the comp down when it's finished.

    The last defrag I did left a whole heap of fragmented system restore files ... should I be switching system restore off before defrag or is it normal to have some fragmented files left over ?

    I switch system restore off period!
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    Default Re: Defrag ... How often should it be done ?

    When I used to use an HDD as my main drive I set it up to defrag weekly.

    Now I have an SSD defragging is in the past.
    Meh....

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    Default Re: Defrag ... How often should it be done ?

    I remember copying the ME defragger from a wesite for my W98 computer and thought how quick it was!!

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    Default Re: Defrag ... How often should it be done ?

    Good idea to do the odd defrag in Safe Mode too; it frees up a few more system files.
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