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Windows 7: defragmenting

25 Jul 2010   #11

Windows 7 32bit, Windows XP Pro., Ubunto.

My view is when you defrag, if its done in minutes then you are doing it too often!, if it takes several hours then you are not doing it often enough.

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25 Jul 2010   #12

Windows 10 Pro (x64)

Just to add, defragging an SDD drive can in fact damange it. FYI.
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25 Jul 2010   #13

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit

Defragmenting does put extra stress on your drive for a short amount of time. But as Bills link explains, this nothing compared to the extra stress of having to find files on a fragmented hard drive.
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27 Jul 2010   #14

windows 7 professional & ultimate 64bit laptops

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mike8 View Post
My view is when you defrag, if its done in minutes then you are doing it too often!, if it takes several hours then you are not doing it often enough.

so the length of time is?...............
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27 Jul 2010   #15

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit

pacinitaly, its all up to you. The best thing to do is go by percentage. If its less than 5% fragmented, don't bother. 5-15%, it's up to you. more than 15%, you need to go ahead and do it. But those are just the numbers I go by. Different people will have different preferences. Those numbers should just give you something to go on.
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27 Jul 2010   #16

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Aren't we all running Windows 7? Who manually defrags anymore? Honestly, I do it once after a fresh install, once I load up all my apps, and that's about it. The defragger runs automatically and keeps the drive nice and tidy for you. However, with regular use on a system that might be powered off at night, not running the auto-defrag, you still shouldn't be seeing much at all. Gone are the days of needed to manually defrag. As it is said many many times...Windows 7 is not XP.

My advice? Defrag once, and then let the system handle it. Maybe every 3 months or so I'll give it a check to see if there's any issues, but that's it. Welcome to the world of self-maintaining and self-tuning OSes.
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