how to remove unwanted fragmented files?

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
January 7, 2010 at 09:16:53
Specs: Windows XP, 1.7 Ghz, 2 Gb Ram
Dear sirs,
whenever I do disk defragmentation on partition c: I see many fragmented files left behind building up by time. my partition is only 26 Gb and these files are craming it, what shall I do to remove them specially those of uninstalled old programs, Is there a program I must install to cleanup these fragments?
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January 7, 2010 at 10:53:14
You are mixing concepts. "unwanted" files have nothing to do with "fragmented" files. There are a number of system files, database files and some program files that are not touched by defragmenter since they are marked not to defragment since this can make them unusable.

To clean up your disk do the following;
1. remove unused programs via Add/Remove programs
2. Review the programs folder and remove any left over program folders. If unsure do not delete the folder!
3. review your My Documents folder and delete unused/unwanted files
4. Run Disk cleanup off the accessories/system tools menu. Check everything except compress old files and run it
5. Defrag the hard drive.

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January 7, 2010 at 11:53:41
Defrag. may work better when you do it Safe -Mode.

You could delete all files in
The Prefetch folder is quite large.
I have deleted all files there, even
Layout.ini, at times without problems.
It will rebuild itself over time.
From M$:

Optimizing Startup Times by Using Defragmentation Tools

Windows XP Professional monitors the files that are used
when the computer starts and when you start applications.
By monitoring these files, Windows XP Professional can
prefetch them. Prefetching data is the process whereby
data that is expected to be requested is read ahead into
the cache. Prefetching boot files and applications
decreases the time needed to start Windows XP Professional
and start applications.
Prefetching is further improved if the files are located
next to each other on the outer edge of the disk. Windows
XP Professional optimizes the location of boot files and applications when the computer is idle. The optimization
occurs in the background and lasts only a minute or two;
you might hear the hard disk being accessed when
optimization occurs. After the initial optimization takes
place, subsequent optimization occurs, at most, every three days.

When you run the Disk Defragmenter tools that are included
with Windows XP Professional, they can perform any
optimization updates that are scheduled to take place
during the next idle period. The Disk Defragmenter tools
do not disturb the existing layout of optimized boot files and applications.


* Computers running Windows XP Home Edition also prefetch and optimize boot files and applications.

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January 7, 2010 at 13:49:42
Good point about the prefetch folder being emptied.

You can also review your restore points and reduce the disk usage percent so they take up less room.

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