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How often do you defrag your hard drive(s)?

Type: General
Regularly 22% 11 Votes
Fairly often 20% 10 Votes
Infrequently 37% 18 Votes
Never 20% 10 Votes
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49 Votes Total

Apr 15, 2010

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Drooler (220) Automatically on a scheduler. I think it's about once a month. I actually don't remember exactly.
04-15-10  12:01am

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anyonebutme (14) It's not needed anymore. Windows manages the file system very well on its own. And if you are getting down to very little free space left when you'll actually start getting significant file fragmentation, well, you're going to want to upgrade the drive instead.
04-15-10  12:04am

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mbaya (356) REPLY TO #2 - anyonebutme :

I am curious why you feel that defragging is not needed. I have Perfect PC Optimizer and I find my external HD runs much faster after I use it.
04-15-10  03:42am

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BadMrFrosty (56) On a OS drive it is still needed as things are being written and deleted all the time. The main consideration is the swap file as that is being accessed all the time. But the actual speed improvements I have never felt are worth the 3 - 4 hours it takes to defrag my main 1.5TB drive. Of course if your OS is on a solid state drive (or even if just your swap file is on a el cheapo usb stick) there is no point in ever defragging.

On my media drives there is absolutly no point defragging, I fill them up and then buy new ones.

04-15-10  04:36am

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anyonebutme (14) REPLY TO #3 - mbaya :

Is your external drive formatted with Fat32 or NTFS?
04-15-10  09:59am

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Wittyguy (95) I only defrag my main hard drive, I don't bother with the externals since they just store stuff I like. On the main drive, I download and then shift around and delete a lot of stuff so it can get messy and fragment free space. Besides, how hard is it to click the "start defrag" button and go make dinner a few times a month?
04-15-10  12:59pm

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mbaya (356) REPLY TO #5 - anyonebutme :

It is FAT. I totally admit to ignorance on this subject. Please help me out here.
04-15-10  03:02pm

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RagingBuddhist (65) C drive weekly, the other internal drives roughly once a month. I really can't defrag my externals because I use them only for storage and most of them are crammed to less than 5% free space.

Can't say I agree with justme about not needing to defrag anymore. When my PC gets sluggish, I find that a defrag and a run through with Windows Washer brings things back to normal. I also don't use Windoze defrag - I use PerfectDisk and it's Smart Placement defrag.

04-15-10  03:05pm

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pat362 (371) I check with Windows disk defragmenter and if it recommends that I defrag the drive then I run the program overnight.
04-15-10  06:46pm

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Wittyguy (95) REPLY TO #7 - mbaya :

There were a few forum threads where this topic came up, here are the links:

http://www.pornusers.com/forum/forum_thread.html?threadid=18

http://www.pornusers.com/forum/forum_thr...ad.html?threadid=240

04-15-10  08:41pm

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Drooler (220) REPLY TO #7 - mbaya :

Every external hard drive I've bought in the past 8 years came formatted in FAT 32. I've read up on it and one "advantage" of it is that it's compatible with both Macs and Windows. However, if you're not using a Mac, it might be a good idea to format it in NTFS or another Windows-compatible format before putting yer porno on it.

2-3 years ago, my oldest living external, formatted in FAT 32, had a crazy problem which caused the long names of files and folders to be reduced to 8-character names. There are still remnants of this on my externals. Imagine "Monica Sweetheart" becoming "MONICASW~" Now imagine having thousands of other folders and files carefully named by model, site, and activity turning into computer gibberish.

Speaking of heading off to dinner, that's what I'd done! I was just copying files to that hard drive, and left them to finish. Came back a couple of hours later and there was this screen of file names being changed -- well, RUINED -- at high speed!

It took MONTHS to clean up most of that mess. So be careful. FAT 32 is OK, I guess, but it needs vigilant adult supervision.

04-16-10  01:11pm

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RagingBuddhist (65) If anyone is considering chaning the file system on an external from FAT32 to NTFS, I'd advise some caution. I can't speak for all the models, of course, but I've seen some talk on forums about converting a FAT32 drive to NTFS and transfer problems resulting from the switch. I have an older 100 gig Seagate USB drive that I reformatted to NTFS and now it takes hours and hours to put even a few gigs on it. The drive is virtually useless now. Since Windows 2000 and XP won't format a drive over 30 gigs to FAT32, I'm going to have to hope I have a boot disk utility stashed away in my files that'll format it back to FAT32.
04-16-10  01:30pm

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Cybertoad (Disabled) I use Defraggle it works fast and is nice and small.
04-16-10  02:44pm

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badandy400 (103) That would be a full time job in itself!
04-16-10  04:10pm

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badandy400 (103) REPLY TO #12 - RagingBuddhist :

EASEUS Partition Master 5.0.1 Home Edition

You can download it and use it free from downloads.com. I have used it a few times and it works pretty well for formatting to FAT32. It only takes a few minutes and is pretty simple to run.

04-16-10  04:13pm

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RagingBuddhist (65) REPLY TO #15 - badandy400 :

It looked promising, but I can't say I'm a fan of the program now. It just bricked the drive. It just sits there clicking with the light flashing and is no longer recognized by Windoze or the program.
04-16-10  04:51pm

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badandy400 (103) REPLY TO #16 - RagingBuddhist :

Humm...I had no issue. Did it try to reformat in dos? Might have to do it that way.
04-16-10  05:14pm

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lk2fireone (194) Used to defrag quite often. But now that I'm using Win7, I do it less often (also, because the hard drive is so much bigger, it would take even longer than before).
04-21-10  11:15am

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anyonebutme (14) REPLY TO #7 - mbaya :

FAT32 is older, simpler and more universally compatible.

NTFS is newer, faster, more efficient, but has limited compatibility.

All hard drives today can be formatted either way, external drives typically come with FAT32 by default, to be usable in the widest range of various computers and devices.

The only thing to know is that you don't have to worry about file fragmentation on NTFS formatted drives, like you would on FAT32 formatted drives.

Just keep doing what you're doing, don't worry about these details, probably don't need to know about them anyways.

04-30-10  04:59pm

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