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Reposted For Reddirtgirl: Defrag

Because this was posted in the "A Few Tips for Computer Newbies" thread instead of as a separate topic, I've reposted it here where it should receive better responses and suggestions. The "Tips" thread is for tips so I'll delete the post there.
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Hi, I recently downloaded a free program called Fast Defrag 2.0 Standard. Do you know anything about this program? It appears to be defragging constantly, as I suppose it was designed to do. Do I still need to do the system defrag and scan disk? I'm running XP.
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reddirtgirl

Posted by: reddirtgirl (see profile) - 05/20/2005 7:42 AM
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Hope this helps.

Grif

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I use the defrag that comes with XP

In reply to: Reposted For Reddirtgirl: Defrag

There is always a difference of opinion when it comes to tasks like defrag. Some claim it isn't necessary and other claim it is. I defrag regularly, once a month, so it doesn't take very long. I do have one older and slower computer. If it gets fragmented, I can tell a difference in the performance.

If the program is causing programs, why not uninstall it?

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Reddirtgirl, About Defrag & Scandisk

In reply to: Reposted For Reddirtgirl: Defrag

Scandisk and defrag are two different things and perform different purposes. On a Windows 98/Me machine, you'll still need to run Scandisk even if the new program is defragging constantly on the fly. On your XP machine, there is NO Scandisk program. Instead, you should occasionally run Chkdsk/Error Checking according to the instructions in the link below. Chkdsk/Error Checking replaces Scandisk on Windows 2000 & XP computers.:

How To Run 'Error Checking/Chkdsk' On Win2000/XP

Although I have no experience with the new defrag program you are using, it would be easy to test how well the new program is working. Simply run the Windows version of Defragmenter and see if the "Analyser" portion shows defragmented files. If it does, then you'll need to run the Windows Defrag version.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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