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Windows 7: Disk Defragmenter stuck at 1%

22 Jul 2014   #11
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dbtmellis View Post
I use the Defragmenter that is included with Windows
XP's defragmenter was a joke so I used Defraggler. However, I nothing but problems when I tried to use it in Win 7; it was ridiculously slow and frequently crashed the computer. I started using Ein 7's native defragger and it works great. It's fast, can be set to run automatically at a specified time daily, weekly, or monthly and I have had no problems with it. I have mine set to run in the wee hours every Wednesday when I'm normally unconscious. My data HDDs stay at 0% and, very rarely, may get up to a whopping 1% I see no reason to use any other defragger.


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22 Jul 2014   #12
dbtmellis

Windows 7 Home Premuim 64 Bit
 
 

so...consensus says that 1% is nothing to worry about?
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22 Jul 2014   #13
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dbtmellis View Post
so...consensus says that 1% is nothing to worry about?
Correct. My boot drive is an SSD and it stays at 11% with no ill effects (SSDs should never be defragged to avoid wearing them out prematurely; the nature of them doesn't require defragging anyway). The only nonmovable files I'm aware of are files that are in use, such as system files. The only system files I have on my data drives are my data folders (I didn't move the entire User folders) and, since Win 7's defragger is set to run when I'm highly unlikely to be using them, it's no problem to get 0% defragmentation. The rare times I've seen it at 1%, I can't tell there is any problems.

Just for excrement and merriment, I just now checked my drives and the boot drive was at 11% and the HDDs were at 0%
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22 Jul 2014   #14
dbtmellis

Windows 7 Home Premuim 64 Bit
 
 

I run the defragmenter once a week. Should I run it less often?
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22 Jul 2014   #15
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dbtmellis View Post
I run the defragmenter once a week. Should I run it less often?
It depends on your usage. I run mine once a week but my computer runs 24/7 and gets fairly heavy usage. You can try running it once a month to see what your fragmentations levels get up to. If they go over 5-10%, you can always go back to one a week.

Frankly, I feel that people worry too much about fragmentation. All that is really needed is to set the native Win 7 to run on a schedule (assuming the computer will be always be on at a certain time) and forget it about it. One of the reasons for having a computer is to reduce our work load but that won't happen if we don't let out computers do what they can do on their own.
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23 Jul 2014   #16
dbtmellis

Windows 7 Home Premuim 64 Bit
 
 

I will set it to run once a month. I see how my system responds over time
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16 Sep 2014   #17
mt12345

Linux x64
 
 

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Frankly, I feel that people worry too much about fragmentation. All that is really needed is to set the native Win 7 to run on a schedule (assuming the computer will be always be on at a certain time) and forget it about it. One of the reasons for having a computer is to reduce our work load but that won't happen if we don't let out computers do what they can do on their own.
when I finish working on my laptop, I turn it off, just like tv. it's not a fridge
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16 Sep 2014   #18
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Well put mt12345.
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16 Sep 2014   #19
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I do the same with my notebook but my desktop rig runs 24/7.
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16 Sep 2014   #20
mt12345

Linux x64
 
 

1. Laptops 'fall asleep' by default when left alone.
2. PCs running 24/7 mean they DO some work eg. file server, torrent - will defragmenter even start in that case?
3. How about 'defragment whenever PC is idle for X minutes (but only once per Y days)' - some utilities have such option - puran, auslogics. I think mac/linux filesystems do it similar way.
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