How often should one "defrag" their harddrive?

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How often should one "defrag" their harddrive?

Post by Calavera » Fri Dec 25, 2020 9:24 pm

I've always heard that it is important to keep your drives free of fragments by defraging it regularly. Just how often should I be doing it? I'm a hardcore gamer/computer user in general so I like to keep my PC running in tip top shape. I currently defrag all of my drives twice a day. Once in the morning and once in the evening, usually no more than 12 hours apart. Is this often enough to ensure optimal performance? I don't want to lose any FPS in my games due to fragments floating around.
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Re: How often should one "defrag" their harddrive?

Post by Dr. Zoidberg » Sat Dec 26, 2020 12:11 am

U wanna defrag that drive all nite
And defrag it every day!

Or do it once a month. Whatever.

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Re: How often should one "defrag" their harddrive?

Post by melancholy » Sat Dec 26, 2020 3:17 am

I don’t think anyone can determine how much you should be defragging. It’s more of a personal choice, really. Asking around the internet is just going to get you a ton of opinions. Some will say they defrag all the time. Some say it’s a sin to defrag. Well I say forget all that. If your hard drive feels full of fragments, then go ahead and get in a good defrag.

Me personally, I defrag every morning right before my shower. I always feel like getting the defrag out of my hard drive first thing in the morning sets me up for a more relaxed day. And if it ends up being a rough day at work, I’ll sometimes decide to defrag a second time, just to get the day’s stress out of my hard drive.

Another big question I know a lot of people ask is if you should use any special utilities to defrag with. Sure, you can use a hands-on approach to get the job done, but I feel you really work the most fragments out when you use a third party tool made to stimulate ALL the bits on the hard drive. Maybe in my younger days, back when I’d defrag several times a day, I would be releasing my fragments so quickly that it didn’t matter what I was using to do it. But now that I’m older, I like to have less frequent but much more thorough defrags, which is something that’s harder to accomplish by hand.

Now my wife, she doesn’t defrag nearly as much as me. I will try to convince her to defrag, but she is usually too tired to start defragging late at night when she gets home. She mostly only defrags on her days off while the kids are at school. And while she will occasionally use a third party tool if she’s desperate to get her fragments out, most of the time she only wants to defrag with my hard drive inside her case. Which is fine by me, because then we can both defrag at the same time.

So yeah, forget the opinions of other people. If you think defragging will help your performance, then whip out that hard drive and empty your fragments right into the recycle bin!

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Re: How often should one "defrag" their harddrive?

Post by Ocelot » Sat Dec 26, 2020 4:03 am

I actually defragged right before logging on here.

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Re: How often should one "defrag" their harddrive?

Post by Calavera » Sun Dec 27, 2020 8:41 pm

Mel you make defragging sound so dirty! It is a natural feeling for all disks hard and floppy to want to defrag. Although in my experience it is a waste of time to defrag a floppy disk. Pretty much 99 percent of the time attempting to defrag a floppy ends in failure. Those third party tools you mentioned can sometime successfully defrag your floppy but if you find that even the third party tools still end with an error message then you might as well just uninstall them because your defragging days are now behind you.
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Re: How often should one "defrag" their harddrive?

Post by Roofus » Tue Dec 29, 2020 9:42 am

Once in the morning and once at night.

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Re: How often should one "defrag" their harddrive?

Post by Calavera » Tue Dec 29, 2020 7:26 pm

Roofus wrote:
Tue Dec 29, 2020 9:42 am
Once in the morning and once at night.
Calavera wrote:
Fri Dec 25, 2020 9:24 pm
I currently defrag all of my drives twice a day. Once in the morning and once in the evening, usually no more than 12 hours apart.
So I'm doing it right then! :hyper:
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Re: How often should one "defrag" their harddrive?

Post by ian » Sun Jan 03, 2021 7:13 am

I recently ran a defrag on a younger model.
She was from 1996.

A stunning IBM that’s been neglected as of late.
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Re: How often should one "defrag" their harddrive?

Post by 2dr » Sat Jan 09, 2021 10:38 am

ian wrote:
Sun Jan 03, 2021 7:13 am
I recently ran a defrag on a younger model.
She was from 1996.
Just make sure she’s not too young. That shit can cause a whole heap of trouble. Furthermore if you really must defrag her just make sure she’s into it and consents.

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Re: How often should one "defrag" their harddrive?

Post by Calavera » Sat Jan 09, 2021 1:23 pm

2dr wrote:
Sat Jan 09, 2021 10:38 am
ian wrote:
Sun Jan 03, 2021 7:13 am
I recently ran a defrag on a younger model.
She was from 1996.
Just make sure she’s not too young. That shit can cause a whole heap of trouble. Furthermore if you really must defrag her just make sure she’s into it and consents.
He is more than safe if she is a 1996. That is 25 years ago! If she was a car she'd be considered an antique!
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Re: How often should one "defrag" their harddrive?

Post by ian » Sat Jan 09, 2021 9:18 pm

Be able to defrag my athlon XP legally soon as well.

Although I’d feel a bit like a creep defragging a HDD that young.
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Re: How often should one "defrag" their harddrive?

Post by 2dr » Mon Jan 11, 2021 12:15 am

The best defragmenter was Windows XP. The visuals were awesome. Does anybody know how to set up an XP style defragmenter display?

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Re: How often should one "defrag" their harddrive?

Post by Calavera » Mon Jan 11, 2021 8:47 am

2dr wrote:
Mon Jan 11, 2021 12:15 am
The best defragmenter was Windows XP. The visuals were awesome. Does anybody know how to set up an XP style defragmenter display?
I had to look that up as I'd forgotten that the XP defrag looked any different than other versions of Windows.

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I use a program called O&O Defrag. It doesn't look exactly like the old XP defrag but it does give you some visuals.

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I've been using it for quite awhile now and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for an alternative to the built-in Windows defragger.
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Re: How often should one "defrag" their harddrive?

Post by 2dr » Mon Jan 11, 2021 7:19 pm

Cheers Calavera👍🏼

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Re: How often should one "defrag" their harddrive?

Post by ian » Thu Jan 14, 2021 3:06 am

Cal, you can defrag me anytime!
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Re: How often should one "defrag" their harddrive?

Post by 2dr » Fri Jan 15, 2021 2:49 am

Defragmentation is like chiropractic for a computer.

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