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Windows 7: Can the spaces left on a HDD after moving files be filled?

09 Feb 2015   #1
coiler

Win 7 Premium x64 SP1
 
 
Can the spaces left on a HDD after moving files be filled?

Great site!
Looked around at different threads but can't seem to find anything on this.
After moving games off of a HDD to a new HDD. there are scattered spaces left (300 GB). I've defragged with Ultra-defrag. No fragmentation. Is it ok to leave all these spaces or will the drive like it better if the files (mostly games) are all packed together? If so, how can I do this? it's my D: drive. Not C: (which contains the OS).
Thanks in advance,
Scott.

Windows 7 premium 64
C: 120GB Samsung EVO
D: 1TB HDD
F: 1TB HDD
i5 4670 3.4 ghz
GTX 970
8 gb ram




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09 Feb 2015   #2
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

You can try Puran Defrag, it has a boot time defrag option, and optimization.
Puran Defrag - Automatically Defrag your Hard Disk Drives
See if it makes a difference.

Here is a review:
Puran Defrag Review (v7.7)
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09 Feb 2015   #3
coiler

Win 7 Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Thanks, David. Would Ultra-defrag do the same? It has boot option as well. The screen capture is from that. Thanks.
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09 Feb 2015   #4
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

I don't know.
If you have it installed, you can try it and see if will move the files.
Look through the options and see if there is something for "optimize".
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09 Feb 2015   #5
coiler

Win 7 Premium x64 SP1
 
 

There is. Quick, Full, and MFT options.
Will try in the morning.
Thanks again. I'll let you know.
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10 Feb 2015   #6
coiler

Win 7 Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Dloaded Puran and ran boot defrag and full chkdsk overnight. Big improvement but seems there's quite a bit still scattered on the drive. Maybe re-running it will move the rest. Thanks again!


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10 Feb 2015   #7
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

You're welcome and glad to hear that helps!
Yea, another run might consolidate some more.
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10 Feb 2015   #8
coiler

Win 7 Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Looks good now. Embarrassed, but thankful. Had to delete some system restore points (system volume files that won't move) and it was able to pack most of the rest nice and tight.
Again, thanks!
Scott.


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10 Feb 2015   #9
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Recommend not doing all that full-packing more than once a month, if that often. Defragging "thrashes" the hard-drive.
With the speeds of current HDs, defragging is mostly for the benefit of un-erasing or un-deleting folders and files.
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11 Feb 2015   #10
coiler

Win 7 Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Thanks, Roland. Won't have to, though. This was because of 450gb being moved off of the drive. Should be good for a while.
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