drive does not defrag

Dell / Inspiron 2650
June 23, 2010 at 06:41:28
Specs: XP SP2, 256 mb
Hi All,
I bought this computer, cleaned up the drive and defragged it, but there remain large tracks of (red) fragmented files, after several defrag runs with Diskeeper light. Anyone have any ideas what might be happening here?
Thanks,
...... john

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#1
June 23, 2010 at 06:42:25
Some files can't be moved, maybe that is what you are seeing.

Read the legend in your defrag program to verify what those files are.


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#2
June 23, 2010 at 06:43:27
So....... they may not be fragmented files? The legend says that the red areas are fragmented files and there is quite a lot of red
.... john

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#3
June 23, 2010 at 07:47:46
Try using the Windows defrag and see what it says. If you don't have about 15% free space it is difficult to move files around.

Windows will refuse to run defrag with less than 15% free space. I am not familiar with the defragger you are using so I can't comment on it.


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#4
June 23, 2010 at 08:14:30
Diskeeper light has some significant limitations and these may be the cause of your problems. In any event the problems due to fragmentation have been seriously overrated. Even if the drive were completely defragmented you would likely see little gains in performance.

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#5
June 23, 2010 at 08:30:51
I would have to disagree about the overratedness of defrag.

I have personally experienced seriously fragmented NTFS volumes that would no longer boot. Only solution was to wipe and reinstall.

Even Microsoft recommends you defrag your drives. Hopefully someday they will be like Netware which writes to the disk contigously [never the need for defrag]

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/...

Red can mean files not movable like database files, program files and some games.


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#6
June 23, 2010 at 10:04:23
Hi,
Thank you all for your advice. I uninstalled Diskeeper Light because it gave me no report. When I ran windows native defrag utility, the report told me what files could not be defragmented. I deleted these, and voila.... no more fragmented files.
Thanks again for your help.
.... john

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#7
June 23, 2010 at 10:22:58
Glad you straightened it out.

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