Do you defrag?

by compound complex 30 Replies latest watchtower scandals

  • compound complex
    compound complex

    Greetings, fellow PC:

    I just finished defragging and feel so much zippier now. I was getting sluggish to the point that all my insides locked up. A new lease on life is really a cool thing, especially when you sense you're headed for the trash heap. Or out the window.

    All my files are now contiguous. Sorta like the 48 ...



  • nelly136

    regular disc clean crap clean and defrag amonst other things

  • Black Sheep
    Black Sheep

    I recently used a freeware program to get rid of EVERYTHING I didn't absolutely need on that particular XP computer, then defragged twice.

    Lightening startups and shutdowns. Amazing.

  • Nosferatu

    I don't defrag my system anymore. It doesn't need it and it's always zippy. I use the ext3 file system.

  • drwtsn32

    If you run Vista or Win7, they defrag automatically so there isn't really a need to manually defrag.

    If you have an SSD type hard drive, you shouldn't defrag. (Fragmentation does not slow down those types of drives, and defragging can cause unnecessary "wear.")

    Defragging usually doesn't make a HUGE difference in performance, unless the drive is horribly fragmented. That being said, I have an XP desktop with a combination of SSD and regular hard drive storage. I run Diskeeper software and it keeps my regular hard drives defragged on a regular basis.

  • BurnTheShips

    Yes, but only on the servers, especially the ones hosting SQL databases and Exchange. Makes a big difference on the older ones that page a lot because they go over the 4Gb physical memory from time to time. The newer ones are 64bit and SAS on an iSCSI SAN, which kicks AS.

    Just had to throw a little jargon out there for the other IT guys.


  • drwtsn32

    Nos, not true about ext3. It fragments just like any file system. File systems can try to resist it, but they cannot be immune to fragmentation.

    Just ran a fragmentation check on one of my Linux systems:

    /dev/sda3: 291221/30558384 files (9.8% non-contiguous), 24922565/121963471 blocks

    almost 10% fragmentation here. What's worse is ext3 offers no real online defrag tool. Ext4 made improvements in this regard and supports online defragmentation.

  • drwtsn32
    Just had to throw a little jargon out there for the other IT guys.

    You just excited me a little bit. lol

    Seriously though, servers definitely need defragging more regularly, especially file servers. I typically did not defrag database servers.

  • compound complex
    compound complex

    Fellow PCers and, er, MACers [? - I gather Apple is a different animal. Yes?]:

    I appreciate your lively and jargon-filled replies, though I don't get the lingo.

    My notebook is a COMPAQ that I bought used and is probably 7 or 8 years old. It uses Windows XP. When I looked at the analysis of my C drive or disk - whatever it's called - it was the most fragmented I had ever seen it. Now, as Black Sheep commented, it's like lightning.

    Anyway, thanks much. I may may PC illiterate, but if I can stay in touch with you guys, well ...


  • leavingwt

    I use this free product to defrag.

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