Cannot back up & defrag windows 7 pro

I have had this laptop for 3 years and used dvds to back-up every month is it essential to keep backing - up as now in my laptop it wont do a defrag it gets to 28% in Analyse then nothing ,same as back-up it just wont back-up what so ever. I got a external drive about a year after getting the laptop and looked in to backing -up to that in 'f' drive and it did some thing trying to back-up then failed on a couple of attempts but could someone please help as this not a normal thing to happen but it does for what reason i would love to know 60 odd gig on laptop drive -c & external there are about 150gig of a 250 gig drive as over the years since 95 i have learned not to download crap as everything slows your whole set-up to a crawl ,i like firefox cos i-e-9 is just in recover page every 2 minites and far to slow and they can keep i-e - 10 . But any help people would be greatly appreciated...thanks : )

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Keep in mind that defrag is over hyped. But

The first step is not backup of the drive but the files that you can't lose.

Once that is done you can see if a CHKDSK at boot time can complete.

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Some man cheers !!!

Thanks as it was more responsive after back - ups about a year ago ,then i found that i could make a back - up on the external 160 gig drive so that would have taken about 3 days it was that slow watching the green-bar every hour. I know computers since the past 30 years( bloody windows grrr) and tried a defraggler program thinking out the box but to no joy so deleted that,but there is a file been made for the 5 hours i tried to defrag on to 'f' external drive and i am wondering if it is worth just doing a external back-up since that is the only one showing interest,but i use ye olde faithful - cc-cleaner + disk clean up - a lot to keep on top of most rubbish ect....I thank you sir for responding so quickly and is very much appreciated.....really apreiciate your info .

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