System files won't defragment?

  1. Posts : 114
    Windows 7 Pro (32)

    System files won't defragment?

    I recently did an Easy in-place reinstall from your tutorial...

    After a thorough cleanup- I went to do the 1st Win 7 defrag (show Hidden/Protected files, Run as Admin)-
    It showed C: as 1% fragmented, and System as 13% fragmented.

    When I tried to defrag System, after an Analyze- Nothing Happened?

    C: defraged quickly with 10 passes.

    Q?- Do these System Files need to be defraged, and would performance be increased?
      My Computer

  2. Posts : 2,167
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

    Hi Scottls59901,

    Try this, has a lot of information on how to free up disk space.

    Hard Disk Space - Free Up and Recover

    Here's a popular freeware third-party Defragmenter. Give it a try.

    Download Auslogics Disk Defrag Free

    Hope this helps,
      My Computer

  3. Posts : 2,499
    Windows 7 Pro 64 bit

    The fragmentation of this drive is of no concern and attempting to force a defrag of it may cause problems. Defrag only the partition containing Windows (almost always the C: drive) and any you have created yourself.
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  4. Posts : 757
    Win10 Pro 64-bit

    System Files can't be defragged when they're in use by Windows.
    For this you would need something like Puran Defrag which runs before Windows loads.
    Puran Defrag - Automatically Defrag your Hard Disk Drives
      My Computer

  5. Posts : 10,455
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1

    There is little point in trying to defrag System. it is tiny.
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  6. Posts : 25,847
    Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

    I have done a little looking and it seem that hybrid drive are not to be defragged. The instructions of your drive should tell you defrag or no defrag.
    I have found that Seagate says no to defrag but I can't find anything about WD.
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  7. Posts : 2,499
    Windows 7 Pro 64 bit

    The consensus on defraging a hybrid drive is mixed. It depends greatly on the details of your specific drive, and that may be difficult to obtain. Personally I wouldn't defrag such a drive unless I obtained information from the manufacturer that advised otherwise.
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