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Windows 7: O&O Defrag question

19 Sep 2010   #1

windows 7 premium 64 bit
O&O Defrag question

Hi guys :)
I've installed a trial version of this on my work computer (just to get to grips with it before putting it on my new home PC).

Can someone tell me which is the best is the option to use when defragging. does it matter even?

Also I noticed that on the O&O website, the more recent software version recommends you DO use it to defrag SSDs

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19 Sep 2010   #2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

1) Read the help guide. It literally goes through each of them, and explains what they do.

The STEALTH-Method is recommended if you want to defragment a hard disk that is nearly full (only around 8% free space). Due to its design, STEALTH is also the method that takes up the least resources.

The SPACE method is the standard defragmentation mode. It defragments all fragmented files and ensures that consecutive free space is maximized. This method should be used for the regular defragmentation of partitions that are within the normal range of usage.

As well as defragmenting fragmented files and maximizing consecutive free space, the Complete methods overhaul the position of your files.

COMPLETE/Name organizes all files according to filename and directory position. For example, all files that are in the directory Windows/System 32 will be placed next to each other on the hard disk. This method is particularly recommended for system partitions on Windows workstations.

COMPLETE/Modified sorts all files according to when they where last changed. This is especially suitable for data partitions on workstations, or for fileservers.

COMPLETE/Access organizes all files according to when they where last accessed. This method is particularly recommended for web servers.

These descriptions are intended only as a guide. An exact recommendation as to which method is suitable for which disk is impossible, because a completely accurate description of disk usage can hardly ever be provided. For example, data are often saved on what is actually the system partition.
SPACE method id recommended for the initial defrag, it takes a longish time. Afterwards you can do stealth defrags regularly, they're much quicker, and space defrags once in a while.

2) You must have your reasons for preferring O&O, but FYI, the built in win7 defrag is quite good and suffices for most purposes. To use it, you need to click on the Start orb->All programs->Accessories->System Tools->Disk Defragmenter.

3) It is not recommended to defrag SSDs. Seek time on SSDs is virtually nil, so theres no need to.
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19 Sep 2010   #3

windows 7 premium 64 bit

Thanks for explaining that Bill2, Yeah I guess I should just have read the help files, but I'll do as you say, Space followed by regular Stealth. I'll try the Windows one too just to see what it's like. Thanks for your time :)
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