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Windows 7: Disk Degragmenter Issue


19 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 (Upgrade)
 
 
Disk Defragmenter Issue

I run the Windows 7 Disk Defragmenter once every 2 weeks. When I analyzed the hard-disk this time, it came back 0% fragmented. I thought that was odd considering how much disk activity had occurred lately, so I downloaded Piriform's Defraggler (the newest 64-bit version) and ran that. It came back with a reading of 19%. I let it defrag until it was 25% complete, then stopped it (I had to leave). When I came back and ran the analyze disk again (via Defraggler), it read 22% fragmented - I had also lost disk space (from 809 to 804 GB). I closed down Defraggler and ran the Windows 7 Defragmenter again, which then reported a 1% fragmentation.

My hard-disk is only a month old (model info. is in my profile).

Any ideas/suggestions would be appreciated it.

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19 Feb 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate (32 bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nialso View Post
I run the Windows 7 Disk Defragmenter once every 2 weeks. When I analyzed the hard-disk this time, it came back 0% fragmented. I thought that was odd considering how much disk activity had occurred lately, so I downloaded Piriform's Defraggler (the newest 64-bit version) and ran that. It came back with a reading of 19%. I let it defrag until it was 25% complete, then stopped it (I had to leave). When I came back and ran the analyze disk again (via Defraggler), it read 22% fragmented - I had also lost disk space (from 809 to 804 GB). I closed down Defraggler and ran the Windows 7 Defragmenter again, which then reported a 1% fragmentation.

My hard-disk is only a month old (model info. is in my profile).

Any ideas/suggestions would be appreciated it.

I'm no expert with defraggers but each program has its own thoughts on measuring what is fragmented. If they were did it the same way their wouldn't be any sales. I have tried a few others and still come back to the simple Windows version. I'm sure you can find fancy ones with color graphs and such but for me I just like it simple with no fluff.
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19 Feb 2010   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

The 3rd party defrag tools analyze defragmentation different from Windows. Defraggler is a good program (unless you have an SSD) It will do a fine job. Use it and you will be happy. Windows will do an "adequate" job if you want to stick with it, but others are made differently. They look at smaller file sizes I believe.
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19 Feb 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

The built in defragmenter is sufficient, unless as has been mentioned, you have an SSD. I run it weekly.
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19 Feb 2010   #5

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

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19 Feb 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I don't hardly ever run a defrag utility and haven't in years. I've never noticed any perceivable difference from running a defrag...and i've used the built-in tools, 3rd party tools, etc.
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20 Feb 2010   #7

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nialso View Post
I run the Windows 7 Disk Defragmenter once every 2 weeks. When I analyzed the hard-disk this time, it came back 0% fragmented. I thought that was odd considering how much disk activity had occurred lately, so I downloaded Piriform's Defraggler (the newest 64-bit version) and ran that. It came back with a reading of 19%. I let it defrag until it was 25% complete, then stopped it (I had to leave). When I came back and ran the analyze disk again (via Defraggler), it read 22% fragmented - I had also lost disk space (from 809 to 804 GB). I closed down Defraggler and ran the Windows 7 Defragmenter again, which then reported a 1% fragmentation.
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Defraggers use different schemes for arranging the data along with actually defragging the files so it's best to stay with one product (and let it complete once it's started). My personal choice is PerfectDisk because I like having a data map and it does a good job with system files (boot time defrag). As far as performance though I think as long as you run any one of them on a regular basis you will keep fragmentation under control. Performance does suffer eventually if fragmentation gets bad enough, especially if free space gets low.
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20 Feb 2010   #8

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

First run ChkDsk.exe. This is imperative.

Now let Defraggler run and do not interrupt - let it run to completion.

Personally, I use CONTIG.EXE in the SysInternalsSuite.
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20 Feb 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
First run ChkDsk.exe. This is imperative.

Now let Defraggler run and do not interrupt - let it run to completion.

Personally, I use CONTIG.EXE in the SysInternalsSuite.
Defrag before chkdsk, the files should be defragged before a surface analysis.
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20 Feb 2010   #10

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

Windows Seven has a defragement program designed specificaly for Seven. It has been discussed several times about using 3rd party defrags and the overall general opinion is to not use them. I usually will defrag the first time after a clean install and all my programs I want have been installed. Then pending on usage and installed and uninstalled programs, I will maybe use it once evey 2-4 weeks. But that's just me. fabe
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