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Diskkeeper Disk DeFrag

by spacecadet10 / January 14, 2009 9:22 AM PST

Date: Wed.Jan 14/09
Computer: WinXP vs.5.1 IE.7
In what order are these things supposed to happen:
I have been perusing the diskkeeper program on my computer and it has not been clear when I am supposed to "BootDefrag" the hardisk.
I used the Fragshied edit button to alter the MFT and Paging file and thats it..because I was not sure when..or if to use the bootdefrag option.
Also, when should I use the Ifasst option?
Off topic..can someone tell me what write permissions are..and if I have a program that will not function because of them..what should I do?
Can someone say where it is safe to download all the free software that I might want? There are a lot of sites and lots to download..but I have a definite trust issue.
What is the difference between RAM memory and Cashe memory? is there any?
Can someone tell me what to "DeGauss" a comuter monitor means?
Only complete and articulate answers to these questions please!
Thanks.
Bye.
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by John.Wilkinson / January 14, 2009 1:42 PM PST
In reply to: Diskkeeper Disk DeFrag

"it has not been clear when I am supposed to "BootDefrag" the hardisk."
-> Only necessary if there are highly fragmented files in use by the OS or running app which prevents them from being defragged while the computer's running normally. You can generally ignore that option.

"Also, when should I use the Ifasst option?"
-> That's an option you enable, not something you run, and it's generally recommended you leave it enabled.

"can someone tell me what write permissions are"
-> Simply put, it's the permission for a user/program to modify or create a file/folder.

"and if I have a program that will not function because of them..what should I do?"
-> That depends on the program and your computer setup. Start a new thread with the full details.

"Can someone say where it is safe to download all the free software that I might want?"
-> Try Cnet's own download.com. Happy

"What is the difference between RAM memory and Cashe memory?"
-> That's physical memory (RAM) vs virtual memory (stored to the - much slower - hard drive).

"Can someone tell me what to "DeGauss" a comuter monitor means?"
-> When looking for the definition to such words, Wikipedia.com is often a good place to start. Happy

John

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by SerengetiValley / January 15, 2009 7:30 PM PST
In reply to: Diskkeeper Disk DeFrag

I use Diskeeper, so let me try to answer...

>>I have been perusing the diskkeeper program on my computer and it has not been clear when I am supposed to "BootDefrag" the hardisk.

What version of Diskeeper are you using?
Diskeeper boot-defrag defrags the MFT, paging file and consolidates directories. So use it only if the MFT and/or paging file gets fragmented.

Directory consolidation is automatic if you use Diskeeper in auto defrag mode (for versions 2007/2008/2009). Almost the whole MFT is also defragmented in this auto mode. For avoiding fragmentation of the paging file, you can set it to a static size in Windows.

So, boot-defrag is required only very rarely especially if you use auto defrag.

>> I used the Fragshied edit button to alter the MFT and Paging file and thats it..because I was not sure when..or if to use the bootdefrag option.
From this, I assume you are using Diskeeper V2007 because 2008/2009 have automatic fragshield. Anyway, just set it to the recommended values.

There is no specific order in which these things have to be run, but generally fragshield modifications can be made before boot-defrag.

>> Also, when should I use the Ifasst option?

Leave it enabled if on version 2007/2008. On 2009, you can set Diskeeper to enable/disable automatically as it deems useful.

>> Can someone say where it is safe to download all the free software that I might want? There are a lot of sites and lots to download..but I have a definite trust issue.

Cnet's own download.com is excellent, as is the Majorgeeks site. These are the only two sources aside from the publisher's own site I fully trust for freeware downloads.

>> What is the difference between RAM memory and Cashe memory? is there any?
RAM is the volatile system memory that the computer utilizes for storing and executing data/programs/instructions etc. Cache is the small amount of similar memory *on-board* the processor die itself that is utilized by the CPU for faster and more efficient execution of instructions. CPU on-die cache (L1 and L2) is much faster than the system RAM as it communicates directly with the processor.

>> Can someone tell me what to "DeGauss" a comuter monitor means?
Degaussing eliminates residual magnetic fields from a CRT monitor that may otherwise mildly distort the image geometry and/or color over time. It's not required for LCD monitors because they use a totally different technology.

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