Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Reformat & Defrag

22 Nov 2010   #1
s7ven

Windows s7ven
 
 
Reformat & Defrag

Hi Guys,,

Is it bad if you always reformat your flash drive and hard drives? How about if you always defrag them?

s7ven,


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
22 Nov 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Welcome
Anything to excess will cause wear.
Excessive defrag is frowned upon. It should be done when you have about 10% fragmented. Windows 7, will give that information, when you start a defrag. Defrag is only needed after excessive installing and/or uninstalling as it creates gaps on the HD
Formatting

There is no need for excessive formatting, which is usually done with a new OS install.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Nov 2010   #3
s7ven

Windows s7ven
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Welcome
Anything to excess will cause wear.
Excessive defrag is frowned upon. It should be done when you have about 10% fragmented. Windows 7, will give that information, when you start a defrag. Defrag is only needed after excessive installing and/or uninstalling as it creates gaps on the HD
Formatting

There is no need for excessive formatting, which is usually done with a new OS install.

i reformat my hd probably every 3 mos.. when i feel it becomes slower.. i defrag almost every week.. and my flash drives. i reformat them when i want to delete all of their contents.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

22 Nov 2010   #4
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

That much defrag is not helping,but probably wearing out your hard drive
Formatting that much is not helping, but wearing out the drive.
You want to speed the computer this is what you do
Suggestions for Proper Maintenance
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Nov 2010   #5
s7ven

Windows s7ven
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
That much defrag is not helping,but probably wearing out your hard drive
Formatting that much is not helping, but wearing out the drive.
You want to speed the computer this is what you do
Suggestions for Proper Maintenance

thanks.. i will stop defragging my hd now. how about the quick reformat for flash drives? someone told me that's not harmful at all.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Nov 2010   #6
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by s7ven View Post
thanks.. i will stop defragging my hd now. how about the quick reformat for flash drives? someone told me that's not harmful at all.
Flash drives do not have unlimited writes before they just plain wear out. Usually without notice. Formatting basically erases everything on a drive. Once the drive is erased new data is usually written to it. Formatting is not as "write intensive" as defragging and should be safer.

Don't defrag a flash drive. Defragging involves moving files around so they're more contiguous (closer together). Every time a file is moved it has to be re-written at least twice. Once to a holding area until a space is cleared next to its companion files and then again to place it next to those companion files.

The problem with formatting and defragging is no one knows exactly when a flash drive will wear out. It could be 100,000 writes, 10,000 writes, or something in between.

Don't Defrag Your Flash Drive! - WorldStart Computer Tips and Computer Help
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Nov 2010   #7
s7ven

Windows s7ven
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by s7ven View Post
thanks.. i will stop defragging my hd now. how about the quick reformat for flash drives? someone told me that's not harmful at all.
Flash drives do not have unlimited writes before they just plain wear out. Usually without notice. Formatting basically erases everything on a drive. Once the drive is erased new data is usually written to it. Formatting is not as "write intensive" as defragging and should be safer.

Don't defrag a flash drive. Defragging involves moving files around so they're more contiguous (closer together). Every time a file is moved it has to be re-written at least twice. Once to a holding area until a space is cleared next to its companion files and then again to place it next to those companion files.

The problem with formatting and defragging is no one knows exactly when a flash drive will wear out. It could be 100,000 writes, 10,000 writes, or something in between.

Don't Defrag Your Flash Drive! - WorldStart Computer Tips and Computer Help

thank you.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Reformat & Defrag




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Auslogics Disk Defrag vs IObit Smart Defrag
Which Defragger do you think is better, because I am trying to decide between the two, but can't decide on one or the other.
Software
Auslogics Defrag vs Win7 built-in Defrag?
Auslogic's Disk Defrag is a free utility. Does anyone know how it compares to Win 7's built in defrag utility? Is it worth downloading over what's already there?
Performance & Maintenance
Does Puran Defrag 7.3 Free work with Windows 7 Defrag disabled ?
I normally set the Disk Defragmenter Task Schedule to DISABLED, and leave the Windows Disk Defragmenter defragsvc set to DISABLED. Will Puran Free be able to safely and fully operate under these conditions, or should I change defragsvc to MANUAL. I occasionally create a Macrium FULL image...
Software
Windows Disk Defrag Doesn't Defrag
Disk defrag stops analyzing at 62% and doesn't go any further. So I downloaded Defraggler and ran it. It worked but it wouldn't defrag down to 0% fragmentation, It still shows 4% after defrag.
Performance & Maintenance
External crashed asks to reformat cannot reformat
I dont know if this is the right place but sounds right, My wd 1 tb my book has gone weird, yesterday it randomly popped up saying the drive needs to be formatted to be used. It already had 100 gb's worth of files on it. I tried reformating it but it said it failed. Now I cannot even get it to load...
Hardware & Devices
Does Windows Defrag defrag system files?
Hi all. Stupid question here... A friend of mine was speaking highly about this PerfectDisk prog because "it defrags system files." I was kind of surprised because I thought (assumed) that the defrag utility built into Windows 7 already defragged system files. Is this not true? I do not...
Performance & Maintenance


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:44.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App