How do I tell Windows to de-fragment my hard drive automatically?
Posted 09 December 2010 - 03:17 AM
Posted 09 December 2010 - 07:55 AM
Are you running Windows 7? If you right click on C: and then Properties then tools you wil see Defragment Now. Open that and then at the top it says Configure Schedule. Set it up for Weekly Daily or Monthly. Monthly would be best but only if you add and remove a lot of programs. It doesn't Fragment when you are not adding programs, other than the Word or Notepad files and Picture and Music files.
Posted 11 December 2010 - 09:34 AM
By default, Windows should perform defragmentation in the background, so setting a schedule specifically for this is not necessary if your disk doesn't see much activity.
Posted 15 December 2010 - 01:54 PM
Yes, periodically you should run disk cleanup and then run defrag so that it can compact any files which have not been accessed in a long time, delete temp files and trash, and then move things to optimal positions. (ALso , files in use cannot be defragged )
One big mistake folks do make from time to time is installing a third party defrag utility which is incompatible with the windows defrag one. Windows does not make it easy to disable the optimize drive in the background feature , and if you install a third party defrag utility that does not do this (or at least download tweakui and disable it that way) then because different defrag utilities often use different algorythms to decide what goes where (do you sort files alphabetically by file name, or by date created, by what they are used for, by size, by a combination....?) then you can run into a battle of the defrag utilities. One moves a file to where it wants it and the other freaks out and moves it somewhere else. Both constantly warn you that your drive is hopelessly fragmented.
I like to use the windows defrag since it sorts both by use (function, system files, program files, data file, unmovable files....) and by secondary characteristics so that the ones you use most often load fastest.
I find that the simple tool speedefrag http://www.snapfiles...speedefrag.html is great for scheduling a boot time defrag and optimization.
Posted 21 December 2010 - 09:47 AM
The newer versions of Diskeeper automatically defrag in real-time using idle system resources, while the windows defragger starts on a predetermined Task Schedule. The former also has many more useful features..it's faster, defrags under adverse conditions (free space, system files etc), but ofcourse it's not free...so depends on what the user wants.
Posted 27 January 2011 - 01:27 AM
Updated version Release Date: Jan. 18, 2011
EDIT: wow -> Always-on Automatic Defragment Enhanced
Smart Defrag 2 works automatically and quietly in the background, so it continually and constantly keeps your computer fragment-free. <-
Note it will go to the task bar for a start up entry and defrag in 2 weeks auto unless you change it's settings for your needs.
So fast to defrag, never has conflicted with Windows unlike others software's in their methods of arrangement.
I've used it for many years, never will I leave home without it (joke) , tho with this SSD no need to defrag and recommended not to run any.
Helping others on location, a mere few minutes un like the built in M$ tool, that always takes hours, form your own opinion.
You have nothing to lose...
This post has been edited by marsh_0x: 27 January 2011 - 01:59 AM
Posted 10 March 2011 - 12:01 AM
That wasn't a feature of XP. You can set it up to do it in Task Scheduler. Just remember that a HD only last so long and every defrag eats into the life of it. I would say that probably most of the people don't need to defrag but maybe once every 6 months or longer. Things like checking e-mail and surfing the web don't do a lot of fragging. When you delete an e-mail, the next one in will write over the top of where the deleted one was. This makes defraging often a thing of the past. I have my main PC that hasn't been defraged in XP for over a year. When I look at it it says not necessary.
This post has been edited by MrBill: 10 March 2011 - 12:04 AM