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Windows 7: necessary to defrag ext. hard drive ?

06 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, SP1
necessary to defrag ext. hard drive ?

I do all my backups, files backup and Image backup in an external hard drive.

Once a month, I would do a disk defrag on my C drive, using Auslogics.
It has been in my mind, should I defrag the ext. hard drive ?
I keep the C drive lean. All files are " moved to " my external hard drive. Meaning, most offten I need to plug in my ext.HDD in order to access files.

Thank you.

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06 Aug 2011   #2

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1

As your already using Auslogics, use its analyse feature. Personally, I never defrag ext. hdd's containing backup files.
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08 Aug 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
CHKDSK before you defrag your HDD

You can use the command prompt to perform a scan on a drive letter of your choice by running "chkdsk x:" where x is your drive letter. The manual scan options are:

/F Fixes errors on the disk.
/V On FAT/FAT32: Displays the full path and name of every file on the disk. On NTFS: Displays cleanup messages if any.
/R Locates bad sectors and recovers readable information (implies /F).
/L:size NTFS only: Changes the log file size to the specified number of kilobytes. If size is not specified, displays current size.
/X Forces the volume to dismount first if necessary. All opened handles to the volume would then be invalid (implies /F).
/I NTFS only: Performs a less vigorous check of index entries.
/C NTFS only: Skips checking of cycles within the folder structure.
/B NTFS only: Re-evaluates bad clusters on the volume (implies /R)

"CHKDSK x: /F /R" would perform a full scan (including bad sectors) and attempt to fix them.

Another useful tool is; Create a new folder on your desktop and name it "GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}"
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