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Fragmented files?

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by avina612, Mar 5, 2005.

  1. avina612

    avina612 Member

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    What is a fragmented file? How did a file become "fragmented"? My computer tells me I have several fragmented files and I need to "defragment the volume". Should I do it? Will it help my computer?
     
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    ddp Moderator Staff Member

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    any time you load/delete a file/program it leaves empty spots on the harddrive. defrag consolidates all files/programs to get rid of the empty spots so that the hard drive head reads the info faster & less wear on the drive. so yes defrag your drive at least 1 or 2 times a month
     
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    hey ddp any recommendations on a defrag program? I've read articles accusing windows defrag of being super slow and doing a poor job. is it worth using something different?
     
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    ddp Moderator Staff Member

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    1 of my customers swears by diskeeper lite in that it is a hell of a lot faster than defrag but i haven't used it. don't think there is a free version out there as i checked when customer lost his but i got lucky in getting a cd that had it on it. pm me if want
     
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    Diskeeper is an excellent for defragging. Windows XP comes with the "baby" version of Diskeeper. I think the latest full version is 9. I have version 8, and it has served me well.
     
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    do you know how to access disk defragment??? and if i were you i would also use disk clean up, (assuming you dont) try to use disk defragment and disk clean up atleast once a week.,,
     
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    I went ahead and defraged the files. It took a while, but I got it done. I notice now that my computer runs like new! Now, you are saying I should use "disk clean up"? Does that do the same thing? And both should be done once a week?
     
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    ddp Moderator Staff Member

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    download ccleaner from ccleaner.com as it does same functions as disk cleanup but more & less work for you to do. ccleaner cleans all the crap out of cookies, temp, temporary internet & other folders
     
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    Yeah,, their kinda like the same thing, except disk defrag is more on the hardrive, where as disk clean up cleans up lots of common used things, run them both atleast once a week, and it should only take a total of 2 mins to finish them both, after the first time...
     
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    ddp Moderator Staff Member

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    depends on how much stuff on hd will determine how long defrag runs. run ccleaner as it does more than disk cleanup. do ccleaner/disk cleanup once a week & do defrag about 1 or 2 times a month
     
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    hey ddp on ccleaner do you have it delete everything? or are there certain files you don't want to delete
     
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    ddp Moderator Staff Member

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    you can uncheck what you don't want cleaned but i usually leave it at default settings
     
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    So if I run CCLeaner it will delete useless files? Nothing important? Doing this will help my computer run better?? And you say CCLeaner should be run once a week?
     
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    i run that about once a week with no problems i know of
     
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    I haven't run it yet, but I let it analyze my computer, and I noticed it wants to delete a bunch of IE settings. will it also delete the cookies that remember passwords and automatically log you on, say to aD for example?
     
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    yes
     

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