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Windows 7: Windows 7 built in defrag

14 Oct 2010   #21
techcal

XP Pro SP3, Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Ah well, I don't remember what exactly it was that damaged my XP install a few years...all I can remember is that it had a 'reg' as part of the name and it was one of the more 'popular' registry cleaning utilities of the time (~ 2003-3004)

IMHO, I am not sure if cleaning the registry provides much (if any) benefit. I personally feel that avoiding the installation of unnecessary programs helps to keep the registry 'clean' in the first place.

I have used CCleaner for disk cleanups..it is really excellent for that purpose..but I don't have the courage to let it touch the registry


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14 Oct 2010   #22
Maxxwire

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by techcal View Post
I have used CCleaner for disk cleanups..it is really excellent for that purpose..but I don't have the courage to let it touch the registry
CCleaner does have a reliable Registry Backup that can be used if you need it. I've used it before and it restores the registry perfectly.

~Maxx~

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17 Apr 2011   #23
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Well folks it's been a long time. I have tested a lot of defraggers and I can tell you they all just do things differently. Some by what I use more ofter and some I don't know. I have removed all of them and I stick with Windows 7 built in. Of course this is just my opinion.
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17 Apr 2011   #24
gregrocker

 

I'm pretty excited about free Puran defragger which has finally broken a ten year Auslogics Disk Defragger habit.

I especially like it's Boot Time Defrag which includes System files.

On the Additional Operations tab, you can check off the Intelligent Optimizer and it results in noticeably better performance on my slower HD's.

Certainly worth a try: Puran Defrag Free Edition - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com
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18 Apr 2011   #25
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Thank you. That is one I missed. I will give it a try. It takes a long time to test these programs because Windows 7 just doesn't get fragmented very much. My system seldom gets over 2%.
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18 Apr 2011   #26
Maxxwire

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 



The Defragmentation and Optimization software which made the most noticeable and positive improvements in performance on my computers that use HDD's has been My Defrag in that it not only has a unique Defragmentation algorithm, but its ability to run user selected scripts and actually move files to their desired locations on the drive is one of a kind in my experience. I say this because my Vista computer actually makes shadow copies while the file optimization is taking place which is something I've never seen any other HDD Optimization program be able to induce. Its also the only optimization software that I ever tried that shaved 30 seconds off of the boot time although since My Defrag allows the use of custom made scripts this could probably be improved upon.

~Maxx~

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18 Apr 2011   #27
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Thank you both for your ideas. They both sound great.
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18 Apr 2011   #28
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Look what I found.
REVIEW: Diskeeper 2010 Keeps Disk Defrags to a Minimum - Data Storage - News & Reviews - eWeek.com


Diskeeper, the company responsible for the disk defrag tool that ships along with Windows, is out to attack disk fragmentation by preventing it from occurring in the first place. Diskeeper 2010 ships with a new feature called IntelliWrite that works by intercepting disk writes and carrying them out with a focus on keeping files contiguous.

By keeping fragmentation to a minimum—the company claims that up 85 percent of fragmentation can be avoided—Diskeeper 2010 promises to cut power consumption, disk wear and redundant I/O operations. Cutting down on unnecessary I/O can be particularly beneficial when dealing with virtual machines situated on shared storage, or with systems running on solid-state drives, with their inherent write-cycle limitations.
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18 Apr 2011   #29
Maxxwire

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post

By keeping fragmentation to a minimumóthe company claims that up 85 percent of fragmentation can be avoidedóDiskeeper 2010 promises to cut power consumption, disk wear and redundant I/O operations. Cutting down on unnecessary I/O can be particularly beneficial.
Add the file placement optimization of My Defrag which literally places the most frequently used programs at the outside of the drive where they are the most accessible and it would really cut down on disc wear and speed things up...

~Maxx~

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18 Apr 2011   #30
GeneO

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot
 
 

I think your best to stick with Windows 7 defragmenter. The Windows 7 team did a good job of improving the defragmentation - and they know the ins and outs of Windows internals. Also it is VSS friendly and does a good job of avoiding causing the Volume Shadow copy from making duplicate copies of file data because it thinks the file has changed. Some of the defragmenters, like defraggler, are not "VSS aware" and can have side effects like eating volume shadow space resulting in loosing restore points.
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