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defrag differences

by 0Strider / May 20, 2006 11:55 PM PDT

Can anyone tell me why if I alternate between windows and diskeeper defragger, each application seems to undo the previous.

I would have thought collecting file fragments together would have achieved the same result in both applications.

What do they do so differently that running one of them still gives the other a mass of work to do.

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Yes, a well known area of discussion.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 21, 2006 12:04 AM PDT
In reply to: defrag differences

Since various software has different "rules" then you will find what you noted to be true.

Nothing broken. Just one might have a rule to place big files later, the other may order by access time.

Here's a tip. Don't be like a neighbor of mine. I think the only reason they have the computer on is to run defrag.

Bob

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Fair Comment
by 0Strider / May 21, 2006 12:19 AM PDT

I used to play with defrag a lot more often than I do now.

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Norton Speed Disk
by skycatcher / May 25, 2006 10:39 PM PDT
In reply to: Fair Comment

Yes I agree....

I like the way Norton Speed Disk puts the swapfile at the front of the HDD and unused files and the back end. XP seems to stuff things all over the place. Is there a special reason for using the centre of a HDD or is this an NTFS thing...?

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Move to the center is almost a universal good thing.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 25, 2006 11:52 PM PDT
In reply to: Norton Speed Disk

Except in some cases, being at center results in the likelyhood that the heads at worst case only move halfway across the drive. Most of the time, less.

Bob

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