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Windows 7: What is the best policy for defragmenting the drives ?

2 Weeks Ago   #1
ceo54

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
What is the best policy for defragmenting the drives ?

Hi,

I use Auslogics Disk Defrag. I'm no expert, I just bought it based on what people said. There are quite a few ways to defrag, for eg. simple defrag, free space defrag, optimize by prefetch layout, optimize by disk zone etc.

I've only used simple defrag until now as I can't conclude which one would give me best performance. But canone tell me which one should I use and how ?

Also, how often should I use it ? I usually run it once the fragmentation is around 10%.

Also, please share the best policy to defrag the drives. Or any other software recommendation.

Thanks for reading.


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2 Weeks Ago   #2
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

A lot depends what you do if you use the same programs all the time then optimize is good but if you use different ones a lot there may be little gain
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2 Weeks Ago   #3
ceo54

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samuria View Post
A lot depends what you do if you use the same programs all the time then optimize is good but if you use different ones a lot there may be little gain
Hi,

Thanks for the reply. Yes it's always the same program with a very few exceptions.
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2 Weeks Ago   #4
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I recommend just sticking with Win 7's defragger. Set it up to automatically defrag at night, say, once a week or once a month (just make sure the computer will be on then) when you won't be using the computer to automatically defrag. or you could just check it manually every so often and manually defrag if the percentage of defragmentation exceeds 10% of HDDs and 25% for SSDs (yes, SSDs DO need defragging, just not as often as HDDs and excessive defragging will noticeably shorten their remaining write life; they shouldn't need it more than once every two or three years, if that often).

To reduce the amount and rate fragmentation occurs (and for other reasons), HDDs should have no less than 10-15% free space and SSDs should have no less than 10-25% free space at all times.

There are other defragging programs that, technically, do a better job of defragging but this is one example of when good enough is good enough and Win 7's defragger is good enough.
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2 Weeks Ago   #5
ceo54

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
I recommend just sticking with Win 7's defragger. Set it up to automatically defrag at night, say, once a week or once a month (just make sure the computer will be on then) when you won't be using the computer to automatically defrag. or you could just check it manually every so often and manually defrag if the percentage of defragmentation exceeds 10% of HDDs and 25% for SSDs (yes, SSDs DO need defragging, just not as often as HDDs and excessive defragging will noticeably shorten their remaining write life; they shouldn't need it more than once every two or three years, if that often).

To reduce the amount and rate fragmentation occurs (and for other reasons), HDDs should have no less than 10-15% free space and SSDs should have no less than 10-25% free space at all times.

There are other defragging programs that, technically, do a better job of defragging but this is one example of when good enough is good enough and Win 7's defragger is good enough.

Thank you for the information, very helpful. So I think the best way to do it is just simply check the fragmentation level and if it's above 10% defrag it with simple algorithms and that's it.

Thanks for the reply.
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2 Weeks Ago   #6
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

In the old day defrag was effected by interleave as defragging could slow the pc Interleaving
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