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Windows 7: Is defragging "old hat" with the coming of windows 7?

24 Sep 2013   #1
AaLF

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Is defragging "old hat" with the coming of windows 7?

Do we still need to defrag with win7?


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24 Sep 2013   #2
marsmimar

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Is defragging "old hat"? Probably yes. Faster hard drives and improved operating system efficiency seem to make defragging unnecesary. And if you're using a SSD instead of a traditional spinner, defragging is a no-no. (Windows 7 should turn defragging off if it detects a SSD.)

Do you still need to defrag? Maybe (as long as you're not using a SSD.) My rule of thumb is to open disk defragmenter and click on Analyze Disk. If it shows 5% or more, I defrag. But that's just me.

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24 Sep 2013   #3
LMiller7

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File fragmentation isn't as big an issue as many people believe and with SSDs it isn't an issue at all. But defrag is still a good thing to do. But with Windows 7 you can set a schedule when it is done so you can essentially forget about it. Just be sure the computer is on during the scheduled time.
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24 Sep 2013   #4
madcratebuilder

Win8/8.1,Win7-U64, Vista U64, uncounted Linux distor's
 
 

You should still defrag spinner hard drives but you do not defrag ssd drives. I defrag normally as a monthly maintenance procedure.
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25 Sep 2013   #5
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Main lap Asus ROG 7 Pro
 
 

My two cents worth I prefer the Windows defrag too as I ma told I presumably correctly that 7 is a bit more fussy than XP or Vista was on how it is defragged.

Oh - only on spinners too as the others said.
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25 Sep 2013   #6
AaLF

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Thanks guys. I'm all set.
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04 Oct 2013   #7
johnsmith45jock

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04 Oct 2013   #8
ICIT2LOL

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnsmith45jock View Post
Yes mate they are ok but I don't actually have to use then much these days if at all because of the SSD's . Like I said earlier I think most o the techies in here will tell you Windows 7 is a tad fussy where the files are stored.
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