Long Defrag Time

Hewlett-packard / PAVILION
April 22, 2009 at 15:45:30
Specs: Windows Vista, Intel Pentium D 925
I have started Defrag and after a very long time stopped the program. Do I need to disable screen savers, antivrus, other programs first or just be more patient?

Thanks, Uncle Dewey


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#1
April 22, 2009 at 16:45:51
Are you using windows defragger? i personally haven't used vista's, but windows is known for taking a long time, maybe try
Auslogics Disk Defrag, is free, can get it from www.download.com ....anytime downloading or installing, personally i rather not to have a screensaver come up.

Hope Helps


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#2
April 22, 2009 at 17:27:40
On a large drive with a lot of fragmentation it can take a long time. Best to do it when not using computer, like when you go to bed, and turn your monitor off.
It should put itself to sleep when finished.

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#3
April 23, 2009 at 07:05:04
A friends 150GB hard disk took all night to defrag in VIsta. It was a laptop so I temporarily turned off screensaver, and sleep function for hard disk, plugged it into the power and just left it to do its thing. It was finished in the morning.

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#4
April 23, 2009 at 10:01:30
With the Vista defrag, you need to be very patient, since it's a slow background process and can takes hours to defrag. It's a good idea to disable anything that uses system resources since it might slow down the defragger.

If you want fast and automatic background defrags with proper resource utilization as well as the shadow copy service compatibility for Vista, then commercial defraggers are the only choice. None of the free defraggers defrag system files or have VSS modes. I used to run Diskeeper 2009 Pro on my vista laptop and it was great. Unintrusive yet quick and efficient..better than Vista's defragger. Anyway, I no longer use Vista, all XP now.


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#5
April 23, 2009 at 14:19:11
Thanks for all your help/advice. Guess I could start it and let it run all night. I have a 250gb hard drive. The only program that I know is active is my screen saver, but it would be really easy to turn the monitor off.

Thanks again, Uncle Dewey


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#6
April 24, 2009 at 21:51:36
I tried using Vista's defrag by clicking on Defrag Now. While defraging it offers Cancel Defrag Now. But after a time it stops and offers me the Defrag Now option again but does not tell me it has completed defraging.

Has it finished defraging? I'm confused.

Thanks again, Uncle Dewey


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#7
April 25, 2009 at 05:23:44
What's happening is , Vista first test to see if a defrag is necessary , that's the first " blue whorl of wait " , then it either says's " defrag now " or you don't need a defrag .

I lost patients with it the first week and went with " Smartdefrag " from IObit and have never looked back .

If you decide to get a third party defragmenter you must also stop the schedule for Vista's defragmenter as they all work differently and will clash , one trying to undue the work of the other .


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