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View Poll Results: I defragment my computer...
Every few days 0 0%
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Once a month 13 56.52%
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Old 12-11-05, 04:37 PM   #1
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How often do you 'De-Frag' your computer?

Just wondering how often you all defragment your computer?

I never used to do it, and the C drive got so full at one point I had under 6% of free space left and I couldn't de-fragment that drive at all! Luckly i delted a few programs and re-installed them on my other partitioned drives (E & F) and I did a defragment on all 3 and the computer seemed to feel a bit better and some programs would load up a lot better.

I defragment about once a month...what about the rest of you?



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Old 12-11-05, 04:45 PM   #2
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- how often?

- how about never? (no need to with a journaling filesystem such as ext3, XFS, or reiserfs)
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Old 12-11-05, 04:58 PM   #3
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Once a month or twice a month, depending on how slow my computer gets.

EDIT: Ops sorry for the double post.

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Old 12-11-05, 05:06 PM   #4
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monthly, always
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Old 12-11-05, 05:48 PM   #5
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never. Like linux said.
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Old 12-11-05, 05:49 PM   #6
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Usually once a month, I have a tool with Norton Systemworks that is better than the Windows DeFrag. I do a lot of data transferring (probably pushing around 1000GB a month on a 40GB HD) so it gets messy pretty quick with the leftover crap
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Old 12-11-05, 05:55 PM   #7
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Home? once every 2-3 months.
Work? Never. In fact, I never close applications I open and I never shut down the computer.
I had like 91 days of uptime on my workstation before it crashed...
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Old 12-11-05, 06:00 PM   #8
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If your are using xp the disk can be analyzed showing the volume of fragmentation. How soon you do it relates more to the type of usage of your hard disk over a given period of time. Some people defrag at specific time schedule to help the be more organized.
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Old 12-11-05, 06:49 PM   #9
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I never do it. Not on Windows XP that is.
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Old 12-11-05, 06:55 PM   #10
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So anyone using Windows XP dosn't need to defragment? Are you sure? I have Win. 2000 so I wouldn't know but I thought you still defraged on XP??
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Old 12-11-05, 06:58 PM   #11
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You can, but i don't. I've tried doing it before, but it takes sooo long. I did it once. Didn't do much.
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Old 12-11-05, 08:31 PM   #12
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When I am bored and I think about it, I hit the 'analyze' button. It usually says it is not needed though. The few times it said it needed it, I did it.
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Old 12-11-05, 08:31 PM   #13
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With modern disk-controllers (command-queuing and caching), there's really no advantage to defragging. If your disk is less than 90% full, fragmentation doesn't get really bad anyway. Come up with a benchmark suite, like opening your favorite programs, opening a large document, scrolling 1000-page Word document, etc. the common stuff that you do. Then run your custom-made benchmark suite before and after a defrag operation, you'll find that it's minimal difference. Even if you save 1-second per operation, x20 per day, but it takes you two hours to defrag, it's gonna take you 2 years to break even.
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Old 12-11-05, 08:34 PM   #14
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I don't have to break even if I defrag at night...
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Old 12-11-05, 09:32 PM   #15
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Once a month for me. Like slvoid, I do it right before I go to sleep, or when I'm watching a movie, etc.

I also scandisk once a month.

Twice a month, I dump my temp folders, cookies, and clean up my desktop and my documents folders.

Cleaning up my docs is a nightmare....I have about 7 gigs of crap in it right now....I slacked off for a month.
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Old 12-11-05, 10:43 PM   #16
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Never defrag my hard drive nowadays. Unless you're doing video editing or something similar that really absolutely requires huge chunks of contiguous hard drive space, the incremental gains really aren't worth the edit.
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Old 12-12-05, 07:18 AM   #17
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Once or twice a month.....if Windows would not have nixed WinFS for Longhorn, we'd probably not have to worry about degragging anymore on Windows either. But they scrapped it.....the thing I saw as the best possible reason to upgrade. Probably won't bother with it now (assuming it ever comes out anyway).
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Old 12-12-05, 07:22 AM   #18
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Same here, though if working with multi-gigabyte media files, it's still helpful to defrag your scratch disks once in a while if there's actually data on them. But no need to defrag your scratch disks if no permanent data resides on them!
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There's actually a difference between file-fragmentation vs. disk-fragmentation. Mac OSX and UNIX has an adjustable tolerance level for file-fragmentation where it will write a file in a contiguous piece.
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