Does defragmenting HDD move free space?

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November 7, 2010 at 06:48:14
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.793 GHz / 3070 MB
I have noticed a change in my Hard Drive when defragging ! The areas of free space seem to now be located in the middle of the drive between many defraggmented files, I use the freeware utility DeFraggler. I went ahead and used another freeware app called CCleaner to wipe the free space only ,hoping this would allow the folders to be more compacted after a defragg. However when looking at the layout of the hard drive in defraggler the empty free space is still listed inbetween a large list of defraggmented blocks and then another large list of defragged blocks . I know some of these are by design suppose to remain at end of drive however if I recall correctly I never had nearly this much free space inbetween full blocks! Can anyone help me in compacting these blocks towards the front of drive ? Or explain to me what would cause this sudden change in my H.D. layout ?
Thank You Very Much

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#1
November 7, 2010 at 08:11:01
Pretty well any defrag program (except Windows defrag) will provide options to move Directories to the "front" of the drive, etc.

I use Draggler and I always move directories to the "front" of the drive.

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#2
November 7, 2010 at 15:33:15
The best way would be to use ntbackup and system restore to begin with if all you want is the files in what seems to be the front. NTFS follow (stole from) OS/2 and they actually use the middle of the drive as beginning. Faster to sweep between the middle instead of looking at the beginning for each cluster.

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#3
November 8, 2010 at 09:00:31
Thanks Dan for your taking the time to reply to my ?'s. I went and opened Defraggler and I see a option for placing large files at end of drive ! However I cannot seem to find any option or setting for compacting files to the front of drive ? Could you please provide me with instructions on how to chose that setting ! Your help as always will be greatly appreciated . I have the latest version of DeFraggler on my system.
Thanks Again ,Nick

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#4
November 8, 2010 at 10:59:56
Apologies. It's Paragon Total Defrag, _not_ Defraggler which provides the option.

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#5
November 9, 2010 at 04:45:23
Thank you for the reply, I will do a search for the Paragon Defrag Utility and read up on its features. Have a good day !
Nick


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