My wife just bought a Core2 Duo-based laptop with 4GB of memory and Windows 7 Home Premium. So far, I don't know "7" at all, having reinstalled XP on my machines after trying Vista and not yet having tried 7. (Anybody want to buy a legit copy of Vista Ultimate cheap? Never broke the seal on the 32-bit disk.)
How do you manually defrag 7?
I've enjoyed Diskeeper for years. I use Version 10 Premium and, early this week, added DK's new automatic continuous defragmentation. I'm not sure yet how well it works, but it seems to be doing the job. Nevertheless, I've also defragged free space with PC Magazine's Defrag-A-File utility since installing the DK add-on. When I manually defrag with Diskeeper immediately after running D-A-F, the map shows much more complete defragmentation--continuous blue bars. (I also put folders together and defrag the MFT and paging files with boot-time defrag.
Will this strategy work with 7?
Why so much attention to defragmentation? I read, and experts tell me, that SSDs don't need defragmentation. Hmm. My boot drive is an Areca RAID0 of four Mtron 7000s, yet it benefits from frequent defrags to make Photoshop, AutoCAD, and--especially--Dragon NaturallySpeaking perform at their best. Immediately after resorting the RAID0 disk, they fairly sing.
I've tried utilities that defrag just the apps' own program and user files. That helps, but I get noticeable boosts after wholesale defragmentation of the entire system disk. I suspect files in Windows that I don't know about--files over and above the Program files for those applications and for their Documents and Settings files (user files) must benefit too.
Would expansion of DNS user files folders contribute? They grow fast when you keep adding vocabulary.