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Windows 7: Is it worth it defragging 100+ GB?

4 Weeks Ago   #1
FrankieD

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Is it worth it defragging 100+ GB?

Hi there! I'm new to the forums

My computer was running a little bit slow so I decided to download Piriform's Defraggler.
Upon analyzing my 2TB WD Blue drive (my OS drive and the one I am currently using) I noticed that There was 110GB of fragmented files.
There are 2,726 fragmented files and 19,853 total fragments. Defraggler states that my drive is 16% fragmented.

I'm not sure if the amount of fragmented gigs is something to worry about or not. Timewise, I can't leave my PC on all night because it is in my bedroom, not too far from me. The whirring would keep me awake.

How should I go about this? Should I leave it be? Any general help on the subject of defragging?

Thanks for any help!


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4 Weeks Ago   #2
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Welcome to the Forum.
Data is stored on a disk in tracks in small pieces (clusters). To read a file, the disk searches and read the clusters in the same sequence it was written. If it has to search and read the clusters that aren't one after the other, or worst, they are on another track, the disk head must move many times and it will be slower than if data where stored in physical sequence.
Defragmentation is to move clusters data in order to put them in a physical sequence so it can be read faster and moving disk head less possible.
In other words, defragmentation increases performance. Normally Windows does it on the background.
I would recommend you to do it once.
You can start (begin the defrag) and after a while interrupt and then proceed (restart it) another day.
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4 Weeks Ago   #3
FrankieD

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks much for all the information! It's much appreciated and very helpful
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4 Weeks Ago   #4
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

110 GB is nothing, so defrag it, and you don`t need any 3rd party software to do it, windows defragmenter is fine.

You should consider getting a ssd for windows.
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4 Weeks Ago   #5
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 


Brien is right. You have no idea what a SSD can do for your computer.
Buy a 128 G SSD for Windows and programs and use the HDD for data. You'll will have the speed of a SSD and the space of a HDD.
I have one of these and they are in offer (US$56) PNY CS1311 2.5 SSD7CS1311-120-RB-Newegg.com
Read this thread
Is recommended new drives compatible? Solved - Windows 7 Help Forums
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4 Weeks Ago   #6
FrankieD

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I've considered an SSD but I'm not sure I can afford one at the moment. Do you have any suggestions for a budget drive?
I'm planning a full upgrade/rebuild of my PC, but it's not doable at this point in time. I'm currently seventeen and don't have a steady source of income to fulfill the monetary needs for upgrading.
I think it's worth noting that my WD Blue drives are hybrid SSHD drives.
I'll take a look at the thread, thanks!
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4 Weeks Ago   #7
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

As many people are replacing the HDD or just adding a SSD, the prices are high.
I've bought my PNY CS1311 for only US$ 39 last year and I saw it for US$ 75 last week.
Believe me, US$56 is a budget price for a good SSD.
With a SSD, boot time dropped from 3 minutes to 30 seconds and programs opens instantly.
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4 Weeks Ago   #8
FrankieD

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I'll definitely look in to getting one, thanks!
And, although it's not relevant, I was curious if you'd mind taking a look at my current specs and the build I'm looking to make? Or should I make a new thread about this all together?
I'm having trouble prioritizing my upgrades. So far, I've only upgraded my graphics card being that I game a good amount and that was most relevant.
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4 Weeks Ago   #9
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

You have a good CPU ( i5-2500k) and a good MB (ASUS P8B75-V).
I have a 6 year old sandybrige and a new skylake and there is no significant difference between the two.
On a gamer computer, the sky is the limit (or I may say the bank account is the limit).
And remember, at high end, you pay double to have 20% performance increase and a few months later, with a new state of the art, it will became a budget.

If you haven't done it yet, as you have a unlocked CPU, you can do a 10 to 15 % overclock (don't do it higher as you'll need to increase voltages to get stability, generating a lot more heat and it can easily damage the components)
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4 Weeks Ago   #10
FrankieD

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I'll look in to overclocking. My current build (Old Specs - Album on Imgur a list of when I bought the parts, ignore the GPU and hard drive) is quite off from what I am hoping to upgrade to in the future (Finalized Build - FrankRDs Saved Part List - Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Qua... - PCPartPicker).
Any suggestions on some cheaper alternatives in my list?
Once again, thanks for taking to time to help me out
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