Will you consider defragging a 160GB HD?

Hard Disk - Hard disk internal parts
@ferdzNK (3214)
Philippines
May 18, 2008 5:55am CST
Defragging is the arrangement of file in one continuous block for optimized and error free hard disk access. This is one of the basic maintenance of a HD, in fact window has a built-in utility just for this. Now with HD getting bigger in capacity and cheaper, will you consider defragging a 160GB or more?
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11 responses
18 May 08
I usually defrag about once in 2 weeks, but I find that doing a disk cleanup first helps a lot with time, as it already removes whatever junk there is before defragging. To save time, I've partitioned my 200gb disk into 4 sectors. That way it keeps my files organised, and it keeps defrag times down
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@zweeb82 (5713)
• Malaysia
18 May 08
Good point there as partitioning it into 4 will definitely help in cutting down the time from defragmenting. But then again, partitioning your 160GB into 4 would also mean that you'll be loosing much space / storage as the more you partition, it will eat into your storage capacity. So you would probably have 32GB if you partition it equally then?
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18 May 08
yeah, 4 parts of 32gb, or vary the sizes, depending on what I intend to put in them. For example, make one partition larger than the others if I know I'm going to be storing video files in that partition.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
18 May 08
I have a p[rogram that runs the disc clean then defrag and it works wonders for keeping my computer running at top speed. partitioning would be the best to go for a drive that large I feel. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@zweeb82 (5713)
• Malaysia
18 May 08
Yeah, I would if I ever remember to do that as I've been so busy. I would just leave it on & go do some other stuff. Hmmm....when was the last time I ever defrag my drives anyway....hahahaOh ya, when my wife was telling me the laptop was very slow only did I do it. As for the PC, hmmmmm....still thinking, hahaha
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@ferdzNK (3214)
• Philippines
18 May 08
Good to see you Zweeb! Even on an 80G it would really take some time. Do you think defragging is history?
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@zweeb82 (5713)
• Malaysia
18 May 08
Well, I guess it's personal preference. Some would think reformatting would be better but I think that would cause much wear & tear to your ODD as well. But I guess you have a point there when you said as the drives get bigger whether it's worth the time doing that or just reformat the whole thing as there's actually a way to reformat which I think takes less than 10 minutes by using your thumbdrive if you have everything setup proper
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@ferdzNK (3214)
• Philippines
18 May 08
Great Idea - Award Given to Best Idea.
What a brain blast! Formatting a drive do take less time! Now if I could just grow in me Asylum's habit of backing up, I won't be needing defrag. Defragging would cause more wear & tear than formating.
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@Croquetilla (1798)
• Spain
18 May 08
i think that is needed for maintenance you computer but they spend a lot of time. I shoul make this almost every years. But i have this hd more that 3 years and i only rebember that i defrag in one time. for this my hd is slow. You should format you pc also every year. I never format my hd.
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@ferdzNK (3214)
• Philippines
18 May 08
Yes, defragging do take time, I my self tend to use it less these days. I also never had the habit of formatting my HD, unless its new or its virus infected to the Master Boot Record. Thanks Croquetilla.
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@zweeb82 (5713)
• Malaysia
18 May 08
Yeah, I only reformat my hdd when it's needed - that's only when it's infected with virus or it having serious problems. I never bother to reformat it like every year. My laptop has only 80GB but I've never reformnatted it b4 & don't plan to
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
18 May 08
I am in agreement with Croquetilla and reformat the drive on a regular basis. I occasionally reformat the drive and load Windows etcetera then create a backup. After this I use the backup regular to clean the drive and reset the system to that point, which also involves a complete repartition and reformat of the drive.
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@alkurishy (2069)
• Iraq
16 Jul 08
From my experience in computers that I use to work on it and work on its maintenance, before defragment was so good to use with old HDs because of their low capacity, but now we each to 80GB,160GB,200GB, and I dont know what we will reach. I think defragging for this capacity of HD is not practical because windows have do this things while we working on it, but when you have a problem on the HD, I prefer to copy all the important data you need on another HD then format the old one for a good and practical use for it. Have a nice day.
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• United States
16 Jul 08
In my main computer I have 3 drives. 200gb 250gb 320gb I defrag all of them about once a month. I plan to repartition my boot drive to make the boot section (The part windows uses for System files and System Programs) only about 10gb, then I can install my other programs (the ones which end up in Program Files Folder) on the other partition. Windows defrag only takes a long time when defragmenting the system drive/partition, because windows is constantly writing to the drive and slows the process down.
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@ferdzNK (3214)
• Philippines
16 Jul 08
Hi Alkurishy, I recon that thing too. Unless the space are on the edge. We would surely gain more and in such a short time to format and reinstall. Thank for sharing your view.
@ferdzNK (3214)
• Philippines
16 Jul 08
Wow 52poet! that's a galactic drives, what do you use that for? its huge. and you defrag once a month!
@zeroflashx2 (2491)
• Philippines
16 Jul 08
Hi ferdz! That's tedious. Well, I admit I don't usually defrag my disks. Before, yeah, I really do but it was when I still had a 20GB. It took quite a while before it finished. Right now, I'm not sure if I will. I move lots and lots of files around and I move gigs most of the time but I really tend to move lots of files around. 150GB is my biggest partition though. I can't imagine how long it will take.
@ferdzNK (3214)
• Philippines
16 Jul 08
I tend to use it less these days too. It is required then when their sizes are small but now with big sizes and there are lots of freespace I figured we don't need to do it. It would just strain the head and disk. What do you think?
• Philippines
16 Jul 08
I agree with you on that. It could really take lots of hours to complete even if the fragmentation is low. I don't want to try though. . Well, I do go with formatting. I just tend to burn all my important files and keep applications that I only need. Plus, the time it takes isn't viable. I can't stay off waiting that long.
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@ferdzNK (3214)
• Philippines
16 Jul 08
I know what you mean. Thanks Z.
@mark17779 (667)
18 May 08
I only have an 80gb Hard drive but I allway's run disc defrag about once every 2 month's, or sooner if need be to keep thing's running smoothly. It is surprising how fast your hd get's filled up with every day junk/downloaded item's.
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@ferdzNK (3214)
• Philippines
18 May 08
Hi mark, Its a good habit actually but may I ask how much is your free space?
18 May 08
Well I actually only just did a system restore (boot disc in) as my anti virus had run out and I didn't have the money to buy again so I just recovered the system and got free anti virus again lol. My space at the moment is 74.53gb capacity and 57.41 free space. That will soon go though once I get all my film's back off torrent site's.
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@ferdzNK (3214)
• Philippines
18 May 08
If you back up your torrent file to cd after seeding i think you can manage but having that small space is very tight. Do not forget to do defragging.
@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
15 Jul 08
I defrag my 200 GB hard drive. I hate having the Red sections in the analyze window. I also have a 300 GB hard drive i have partitioned into 3 100 GB partitions i defrag regularly. It makes a nice difference in how well my system is running. Its also nice because now you can still access the pc while it is defragging where as with windows 95/98 you had to leave the pc alone while it did it for hours on end.
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@ferdzNK (3214)
• Philippines
16 Jul 08
Hi Saundyl, I never tried doing it in the background before. I just did and it does, one can do defragging while doing something else. Don't you think its an extra burden for the hard disk if there's so much free space available?
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@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
16 Jul 08
Honestly my pc doesnt have a lot of free space despite the size of the hard drives.
@redkathy (3375)
• United States
16 Jul 08
I would set up partitions so that I could defrag as such. I think that would be the best way to keep the HD organized, less likely for information to be lost, and yes much easier to defrag.
@ferdzNK (3214)
• Philippines
16 Jul 08
Keeping it small would definitely reduce the time and I just learn that one can do defragging in background. If done regularly, the more it will reduce to do it the next time. Thanks RedKathy.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
18 May 08
That size would take hours on end to defrag wouldn't it? I hate doing mine but I do it at least once a month sometimes each week if I've been very active on the puter. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@ferdzNK (3214)
• Philippines
18 May 08
Yes it do take time. But if you have lot of free space you wont be needing defrag even window utility "Disk Defragmenter" would suggest you not. Thanks Granpa Bob.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
18 May 08
I have not used defragmentation for quite a while because I regularly overwrite the drive with a pre created backup. However, if I did find that I was going to use the same setup for a long time then I would definitely defragment the drive. It is essential to keep the files in order so that the system can run efficiently. I realise that a 160 Gb drive or larger will take a long while to defragment, but the easy way is to run it either overnight or when leaving to go to work.
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• United States
15 Jul 08
Well man thats depends if you use to much like installing or removing program i think the answer is yes