How often do you defragment your harddrive?

Bangladesh
January 28, 2007 1:20pm CST
Everyone know that we should defragment our harddrive atleast once in a month.But what if I want to do it twice in a month?Is it good to defragment harddrive more frequently?
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• Lithuania
28 Jan 07
Where is nothing bad in it..you can defragment as many times as you want.. ;] Personally i have never defragmented my hard drive, I own it for 4 years now..and nothing bad happened :D
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• Bangladesh
28 Jan 07
I don't agree with your 2nd line where you said that defragmenting is not needed.I think we should defragment our harddrive to kepp the speed up.
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@kingri (46)
• United States
2 Jul 07
You should defrag your computer often. If you havent done it yet you really should. How often you should do it depends on how much deleting and installing is done on the computer. I am a computer technician and I use my computer for work. Because I quite often have a customer's hard drive hooked to my computer for various reasons, I have 5 physical harddrives installed for backups etc. I defrag 1 hard drive every day. The more often you defrag the computer the less time it will take to do it. If you have never done a defrag, it will take a long time, but you really should do that. Here is a link explaining what defragmenter does and how to do it. www.compuking.us/defragmenter.html
@clod0327 (817)
• Philippines
1 Feb 07
I don't really defragment my HD unless I notice that it's running really really slow. But it is always a good practice to defragment your drive. When you defrag your PC, it puts all your programs closer in the HD instead of being scattered all over. This makes reading & writing faster. So nothing bad will happen if you want to defrag you PC more frequently.
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• Bangladesh
1 Feb 07
Thanks my friend for such a wonderfull explaination about defragmentation.Yes it's a good idea to practise doing it in regular interval.I do it twice in a month if necessary, otherwise once in a month if I have no time in hand.
@sham_mdk (436)
• India
28 Jan 07
Dont worry nothing will happen if defragment ur hardderive everyday also im a software engineer
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• Bangladesh
28 Jan 07
You think I can do it frequently without any fear? I see.But What if I don't do it in two or three monthe?Will it create a problem then?
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@ownado (1680)
• Portugal
28 Jan 07
I don't do it often, just sometimes when I remember to do so but it takes a lot of time, that's the main reason why I don't use it much.
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@kingri (46)
• United States
2 Jul 07
I recommend to my customers that they defrag at least once a month. I also suggest to them that they defrag even if the analyze button says it is not necessary. I personally defrag more often than that, because I do a lot of deleting and adding in my work. Some people use the excuse that it takes too long. That is kind of a poor excuse, because everyone has to sleep once in a while. It doesnt need babysitting, just start it and go to bed. haha
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• Bangladesh
12 Jan 08
Ha ha! very well said my friend.I do the same when I defragment my hard drive.I do it when my P.C. doesn't requirred for any work.
• India
4 Feb 07
well i usuallly do not defrag system ! but then also i do so in 2-3 months span of time !! about defragment : Reading and writing data on a heavily fragmented file system is slowed down as the time needed for the disk heads to move between fragments, and waiting for the disk platter to rotate into position, is often fatal to throughput (see seek time and rotational delay). For many common operations, the performance bottleneck of the entire computer is the hard disk; thus the desire to process more efficiently encourages defragmentation. Operating system vendors often recommend periodic defragmentation in order to keep disk access speed from degrading over time. Fragmented data also spreads over more of the disk than it needs to. Thus one may defragment in order to compact data storage before splitting a single partition into two or more partitions (for example, with GNU Parted, or PartitionMagic).
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• Bangladesh
5 Feb 07
Thanks for such a long and usefull response.
@tomoe_spy (260)
• Philippines
4 Feb 07
It's not really a problem if you want to defragment your hard drive twice a month since defragmenting your hard drive makes your p.c. to run faster and smoother and also save you some free spaces, so it's just ok for you to defrag you hard drive twice a month, actually I defrag my harddrive very often since I have so many things to attend to and I don't have enough time to defrag my p.c. but thanks to my core duo processors i don't think it is necessary for me to do it =)
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• Bangladesh
4 Feb 07
Yeah, I would also recommend to defragment your hard disk atleast once in a month.
@Gmens91 (389)
• Philippines
4 Feb 07
Defragmenting your hard drive is such a good idea because it speeds up your computers my eliminating the "blanks" between your programs. That is, grouping your programs together and arranging them according to each type. Defragmentation allows your programs to become easily accessible when they are called for, which means for faster download time. Think of it as a distance between two points. If before fragmentation the time needed to download the program is from point a to point b, after fragmenting it the program is moved by about half the distance, which makes for faster downloads. Generally, it is a good idea to fragment your hard drive at the end of every month, but you can do it more often if your harddrive is almost full or you have a lot of programs installed. I hope this explains it a bit.
• Bangladesh
4 Feb 07
Thank you sir for your time to write such a long response.Your explaination of the matter helped me to understand the whole process.Many of us will find this response very helpfull.
1 Feb 07
I do it once every full moon. When i try and avoid going out side and running around like a warewolf. joking aside i'd say i do it every 4 months or less, my wife does it often on her laptop and i don't with my desktop. i really should.. lol ~joey
• Bangladesh
1 Feb 07
Thanks for your response my friend.I think you should follow your wife in this matter.
@smrohitsm (231)
• India
1 Feb 07
Defragmenting ur hard drive is a good thing, it does boost performance. Defraging too many times is useless. once a moth is fine.
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• Bangladesh
1 Feb 07
Exactly what everyone should follow came out from your response.Thanks buddy for your short but meaningfull comment.
@blueman (16513)
• India
1 Feb 07
who said so we should defrag that much, i defrag sometime only when i think my computer is getting slow, otherwise i don on tdefrag that frequently and i do not see the need for it.
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• Bangladesh
1 Feb 07
Well, I learned from one of my friend that doing it regularly makes our pc faster and error free.Thanks for your response.
@sherifmd (111)
• Egypt
1 Feb 07
I'm often not remember defragment my harddrive, no problem if you don't defragment your harddrive,
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• Bangladesh
1 Feb 07
That's not good for your PC.It'll become slower in action if you don't remember to defragment it.Thanks for your response.
• Romania
1 Feb 07
Defragmenting your HDD is a harmless operation, you can do it as often as you want. However, since it's a time comsuming operation, it's best to do a analysis before you defragment your harddrive, the system being able to indicate if there's any need for defragmenting or not. Good luck!
• Bangladesh
1 Feb 07
Thank you sir for your information.I use a software called "Perfectdisk".It works automatically and shut down your p.c. after the defragmentation is complete.
@limcyjain (3523)
• India
24 Sep 07
I regularly perform some functions on my computer. They include disk defragmentation, disk cleanup, virus scan and creating system restore points. I also have installed ccleaner which i use frequently to keep my computer clean. Surely these activities help me keeping my computer speed high and processing speeds great
@rhie0216 (289)
• Philippines
4 Feb 07
theres no harm in defragmenting your drives always. Especially if you have install or uninstall so many programs in your system. The only set back in defragmenting is it really sometimes takes time if your drive have so many fragmented files.
@w3bdiv3r (35)
• Indonesia
4 Feb 07
I always defragment my hard disk once a day, then there is no problem with my computer. I think if we always defragment our hard disk, it's can make our computer run normally.
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@paganlord (142)
• India
4 Feb 07
the more defragment u do better it is but defragmenting process such slow dat i dont even da defragment once in a year
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• India
1 Feb 07
well i used to do that once in month or 2 month ! its not required to me often ! i used other methods to cleanup and maintain my system !
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• India
1 Feb 07
i never did it.didnt cause in problems to me
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@gillejc (21)
• United States
5 Feb 07
I defrag mine about that much. I usually run disk cleanup first. defragmenting puts all the file back into order such as most used in front and least in back. It dosen't hurt to run it.