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Windows 7: Disk Defragmenter - Open and Use

09 Aug 2011   #10
GradeAbra

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hi Brink, will it cause any harm or disadvantages if i defrag?


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09 Aug 2011   #11
DustSailor

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GradeAbra View Post
Hi Brink, will it cause any harm or disadvantages if i defrag?
No, only advantages. However, it is recommended that you do not defragment Solid State Drives. I would guess that yours is a simple hard disk drive, as most seem to be. Defragmentation rearanges items on the drive and removes fragmentation. Likelyhood of you noticing a change is small, however, but it is for the positive. Defragment once every couple months is all you really need
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09 Aug 2011   #12
GradeAbra

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Is there anything i should take note during the defrag? Like which one should i leave out?
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09 Aug 2011   #13
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Just one caution. On some machines, when you open the defragmenter, you will see check boxes for all hard drives as well as recovery partition and reserved partition. The recovery partition is installed by the computer manufacturer so you can return your machine to factory specifications (just like the day you bought it.) The reserve partition contains necessary data so your machine can boot up. I would NOT defragment either of these partitions or they may not work. I would make sure to UNcheck (if the option to defrag is made available to you.)
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10 Aug 2011   #14
Zeotrix

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Hello Brink, I have a few questions about the disk defragmenter, could you go over what some of the progress stamps mean? Like consolidated and such, thank you.
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10 Aug 2011   #15
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Zeotrix, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Consolidated is the progress of % of free space that has been consolidated together instead of fragmented across the HDD.

The others are pretty much what they are though.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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23 Sep 2011   #16
reydeoros

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 Bit
 
 

Brink
for the very firs time I am learning about the scheduled task and am very interested in learning how to automate many of the tasks which I now do manually... looking at the task that is pre-configured on my system I see the command shown below;

%windir%\system32\defrag.exe -c

in the Add Arguments (optional): "-c"

I understand /C is the parameter for all volumes so what is -c is that an erroneous entry on my command line?
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23 Sep 2011   #17
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Hi reydeoros and welcome to W7 Forums

No, that is not an error. Both /C and -C are synonymous with each other and mean the same thing. With many DOS type commands where there are optional switches to modify the default behaviour, both - and / can be used interchangeably.
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23 Sep 2011   #18
reydeoros

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 Bit
 
 

Thank You....

Nice to learn at least one thing a day...
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23 Sep 2011   #19
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

You're welcome.
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