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Defrag C Drive

I am new to computers! Approximately how long should I figure to defrag the C Drive when I do this for the first time? This is justa typical home PC with no bells or whistles. Thanx for your help.

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Re: defrag c-drive.

That depends:
- on your OS (98, XP?)
- on how big your hard disk is (2 Gb, 200 Gb?)
- on how fast your hard disk (transfer rate, rotations, connection)
- on how many space is filled (500 Mb, 150 Gb?)
- on what defrag program you use (Microsofts, Nortons, other)?
- depending on the defrag program: which options and settings you use
- how defragged your files and file system are

It's easier to just try. You can always stop halfway if it takes too long. It could be two minutes (Windows 98, files only defrag) or (large hard disk, sincerely defragged, full defrag).

Hope this helps.


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re defrag

There is alot of discusion about defraggging. Some theorise that defrag is dependent on the amount of file space that is in use. Others theorise that by regularly defragging you are shortening the life of your hard drive.
The simple answer is this:
1) a pc is a machine that obeys you.
2) If it slows down then there is a good chance that it needs to be de-fragged.
3) If you are downloading music and burning it to a cd then deleting large files and downloading further files defrag once a week! I DO AND IT WORKS!

Hope this helps,


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I run XP home ed. and the defragger that comes with windows is slow. I use diskeeper lite, its a free program and it works fast. Good luck.

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