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How to defrag windows vista

in vista the defrag process runs quietly in the background

unfortunately in vista it does not provide a graphical interface to show the progress as it did in xp

for that you will need 3rd party defrag programs

read the reviews about these FREE Defrag Programs below and choose which one you prefer to use

Auslogics Disk Defrag is a disk defragmentation tool that supports FAT 16, FAT 32, and NTFS volumes. It offers scheduled defrags, automatic defrags when your system is idle and advanced options to customize which files will be defragmented.

UltraDefrag is an Open Source disk defragmentation tool that offers fast defragmenting, using a kernel based driver. It offers a simple GUI with a cluster map display, as well as a command-line interface and scheduling option

Puran Defrag is an easy to use disk defragmenter that offers boot-time defragmentation, automatic defragmentation, intelligent directory optimization, background (low priority) operation and optimization of free space. Other features include built-in scheduling, automatic restart or shutdown after defragmentation and integration with Windows Explorer to defrag individual files from the right-click menu. The free version is identical in features to the standard (shareware) version, however it is restricted to private, non-commercial use

Smart Defrag is an automatic disk defragmenter that keeps your hard drive space from becoming overly defragemented, which can cause slower disk performance. It works continuously in the background while your computer is idle and does not require further user intervention for basic maintenance. The program also includes a manual defrag option as well as support for scheduled defragmentations and with optional file system optimization.

Speed up your computer with the Windows disk defrag tool

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Files stored on a hard drive become fragmented over time, meaning that parts of the files are stored in separate areas of the drive instead of right next to each other. When this happens, it can take longer for the OS to open the file. A defrag can fix this.

While there are lots of free, third-party defragmenters, the Windows disk defragmenter can be used right now without having to download anything since it’s built into the operating system.

Instructions in this article apply to Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7.

Should You Defrag Your Computer?

The Windows defrag tool runs automatically once a week, in Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7, so you probably don’t need to defrag on your own. Run the analyzer first and if it’s less than 10% fragmented, the drive does not need to be defragged. If you want to defrag on your own time, anyways, you can open the program anytime you want and run a manual defrag. You can get to it by searching through Windows or by browsing through Administrative Tools via Control Panel.

Defragging isn’t necessary on solid state hard drives since there aren’t any spinning parts. Since the hard drive doesn’t need to spin to find all the file’s pieces, there isn’t a lag between the time it takes to find the file and the time it takes to open it.

Prepare Your Computer for Defragmentation

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Before you defrag your computer, you must take a number of steps first. Read this entire procedure before you use the defrag utility.

  1. Make sure your work is backed up, such as to an online backup service, a second local hard drive, an external hard drive, a flash drive, or a CD or DVD.
  2. Make sure the hard drive is healthy. Use CHKDSK to scan and fix the drive.
  3. Close any programs that are currently open, including virus scanners and other programs that have icons in the system tray (right-hand side of the taskbar).
  4. Assure your computer has a constant source of power. The important thing is to be able to stop the defragmentation process if there is a power outage.
    1. If you have frequent power issues or other outages, you should not use a defragmentation program without a battery backup.

If your computer does shut off while defragmenting, it may crash the hard drive or corrupt the operating system, or both.

Open the Defrag Program

How to Defrag Windows Vista

The Windows defrag program is accessible through Control Panel in all versions of Windows, but the procedure for getting there is slightly different depending on which version of Windows you’re using.

  1. Open Control Panel. A fast way to do this in any version of Windows is through the Run dialog box (WIN+R). Just enter control to open Control Panel.
  2. Go to System and Security.
  3. Select Administrative Tools.
    1. If you’re on Windows 7, select Defragment your hard drive just below the Administrative Tools heading to open Disk Defragmenter.
  4. Windows 10 and Windows 8 users should launch the program called Defragment and Optimize Drives.

A much quicker way to get to the disk defrag utility is to run the dfrgui command in Windows 10 from the Run dialog box.

Analyze the Hard Drive

How to Defrag Windows Vista

Before starting the defrag, you’d be wise to analyze the drive first. This step checks the drive for fragments and reports back how fragmented the drive really is, after which you can choose to defrag or skip the hard drive and not run a defrag.

  1. Choose the Analyze button (Windows 10/8/XP) or Analyze disk button (Windows 7) to check for fragments on all the connected hard drives.
  2. Take note of the fragmentation level shown next to each drive.
    1. If the level of fragmentation seems high (above 20 percent), move on to the next step to defrag the drive. Otherwise, you’re probably safe skipping the defrag.
    2. Another way to know if you should defrag the hard drive is to read what the defrag tool says on the screen. If it says the drive is OK, then you’re fine not running the defrag.

Windows Vista does not include an option to analyze the hard drive.

Defrag the Hard Drive

How to Defrag Windows Vista

If you’ve chosen to defrag the hard drive, it’s just a click away. However, the button for defragging the drive is called something different in some versions of Windows.

  1. Select the hard drive you want to defrag.
  2. Click the button to start the defrag.
    1. Windows 10 and Windows 8 call it Optimize. Windows 7 uses the term Defragment disk.

It could take anywhere from several minutes to several hours to defrag a hard drive. The time it takes to run a defrag on your hard drive depends entirely on the number of file fragments the tool identifies, the size of your hard drive, and the speed of your computer.

We have found it’s best to start the defrag and then go to bed. With luck, it’ll be done when you wake up in the morning.

Windows Vista provides a good general Disk Defragmenter in its System Tools. But if you want to have more control over what is being defragmented and what information you are given about the process, you should try manually defragmenting your hard drive.

No doubt you’ve heard of “defrag” or “defragging” or “defragmenting” your hard drive. But to know why it’s important, you have to understand how fragmenting happens in the first place. Visualize a hard drive disk. Windows carves up the disk into lots of little spaces, like mailboxes. When Windows puts a file on the disk, it starts with the first open mailbox and pours the data from the file into the first box until the box is full. Then Windows goes on to the next available box, fills it up, and so on.

When you delete a file, you don’t delete the file or its data; Windows Vista doesn’t delete the file, it moves it to a special folder called the Recycle Bin. Vista doesn’t actually free up the file’s mailboxes— until you empty the Recycle Bin. Over time, the boxes turn into a patchwork quilt, with files scattered in boxes located all over the drive — fragmented. Extensive fragmentation is bad because, when you open or want to use a file, Vista has to jump all over the disk to pull the pieces together.

When you defragment (or defrag) a hard drive, Windows rearranges the data on the drive so that each file is located in a single side-by-side block of mailboxes. With the files located contiguously, pulling data off the drive and into the computer takes less time.

If you want to dig deeper into the Disk Defragmenter, you can run the program from the Vista command prompt. When you do this, you can interact with the Disk Defragmenting program, getting answers to specific questions and giving it specific commands, such as asking whether your drive needs defragmenting or telling it to only defrag a single drive.

To access the disk defragmenter manually, you need to access the command prompt:

Choose Start→All Programs→Accessories.

Right-click Command Prompt and choose Run as Administrator.

Vista makes you click Continue in a User Account Control dialog box, and then the command prompt comes up.

How to Defrag Windows Vista

From the command prompt, you can type any of the following defrag commands to have the disk defragmenter run specific tasks.

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Windows 7 or Vista automatically configures Disk Defrag to schedule defragment to run once a week, usually at 1am on Wednesday. I don’t know about you, but I’m usually awake at 1am on wednesday, and I’d rather schedule it for a different time.

To open up the defragment utility, just type defrag into the Start menu search box, and hit enter. Vista users will have to click through a UAC prompt, but you should see this screen:

How to Defrag Windows Vista

Windows 7 users will see a very similar dialog, and will need to click the Configure Schedule button:

How to Defrag Windows Vista

From this screen, you can disable automatic defrag by unchecking the box. You can also modify the schedule by clicking the Modify schedule button (no surprise there)

How to Defrag Windows Vista

Much better.. Not like I’m ever awake at 8am.

If you are on Vista and using at least Service Pack 1, you can also select which volumes will be automatically defragmented during this scheduled defrag. (Windows 7 users can select the volumes from the start screen).

How to Defrag Windows Vista

I only have one drive in this computer, but you would see the list of all the drives here.

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>How to defrag on Windows Vista

Disk De-fragmenting on Windows Vista is very different compared to previous Windows operating systems as they have decided to make the program layout different in an attempt to make it more easier to use. Our tutorial will show you How to Defrag on Windows Vista.

This tutorial will explain how to defragment your hard disk on Windows Vista using the Windows Disk Defragment tool built into Vista. While it’s recommended to defrag your computer on a regular basis there are other alternative programs than the in-built one into Vista – We’ve listed the best commercial programs for defragmentation on our website.

How to defrag on Windows Vista

1. Make sure your computer is on and your desktop and startbar have both loaded up on the screen. On the start-bar click the “Start” button (Depending on theme it might be the round “Windows” logo) from there select “All Programs” and then find the directory named “Accessories” and once you’re in the Accessories directory select the sub-directory named “System Tools” and then in this directory the “Disk Defragmenter” tool should be listed, double click it.

2. If you followed the instructions below the Windows Vista Disk Defragmenter tool should now be open on your screen like the image below.

How to Defrag Windows Vista

3. To begin to defragment your hard drive(s) select the “Defragment now” button as seen in the print screen above. Once you click the “Defragment now” it should prompt you asking what drives you want to defragment – Select the desired drive(s) but we recommend defragmenting them all.

How to Defrag Windows Vista

4. Click “OK” to start the Disk Defragmentation, once you have the defrag process should now have started. On Windows Vista there is no progress bar showing you how far its got, so it could take hours or minutes.

How to Defrag Windows Vista

5. Once the defragmentation has been completed it should tell you.

6. Congragulations you have succesfully defragmentated your hard drive! This will help protect against problems and it will ensure your computer speed remains fast. How to Defrag on Vista is using the inbuilt tools If you are intrested in better programs to defrag your computer we recommend you visit our Top Defragmentation Programs page were we have listed the best alternative programs that will ensure system stabailty and performance.

Link your friends to our tutorial on How to Defrag on Vista to help speed up there system and improve performance. If you have any suggestions for this tutorial please e-mail us.

Computers require regular maintenance in the same way that cars do. You should defragment your hard drives regularly in Windows Vista to improve your computer’s speed and efficiency. When files are deleted, this leaves gaps of space on the hard drive. When you save something new or install a new program, that code can become fragmented across the hard drive as it fills these non-consecutive “holes” with its data.

When you defragment your computer, you remove all the gaps, and Windows Vista rearranges the placement of all the files into the most efficient pattern. This helps your computer access files more quickly and enables it to find larger sections of memory for saving new files and programs. Choose Start→Control Panel→System and Maintenance and then click Defragment Your Hard Drive in the Administrative Tools.

The Disk Defragmenter window opens and begins analyzing your computer to determine how fragmented it is.

If you have User Account Control enabled on your computer, you’ll see a message box asking if you’re sure you want to go to the Disk Defragmenter. Just click Continue to open the Disk Defragmenter window.

How to Defrag Windows Vista

1 Wait for the Analyzer to finish.

You will see a message saying either that your file system performance is good or that you should defragment your computer.

How to Defrag Windows Vista

2 If necessary, click Defragment Now.

A message appears that Windows is defragmenting your drive and that it may take up to a few hours to complete. The Disk Defragmenter window will give you a message to let you know when your drive no longer requires defragmenting.

They aren’t kidding about the hours thing. Disk defragmenting can take a long time, particularly if you have a larger hard drive. So, try running your defrag overnight while you’re happily dreaming of much more interesting things. To help things move along faster, turn off any energy-saving features (such as a screen saver), as they could cause the defragmenter to stop and start all over again.

3 If you want to schedule your defrags to run automatically, check the Run Automatically checkbox.

By setting up a regular schedule for the Disk Defragmenter to run, you can streamline the process and keep your system running smoothly.

How to Defrag Windows Vista

4 Click the Modify Schedule button.

You can set up the procedure to run automatically at a preset period of time, such as once every two weeks at 2:00 a.m.

If you have multiple hard drives on your computer, you will see a Select Volumes button. Click this button to establish which drives the defragmenter should tackle when it runs its scheduled maintenance. Just click OK when you’re finished making your selection.

5 Click OK and click Close to close the Disk Defragmenter.

Of course, you’ll need to leave your computer running for the scheduled defragmentation to occur.

in vista the defrag process runs quietly in the background

unfortunately in vista it does not provide a graphical interface to show the progress as it did in xp

for that you will need 3rd party defrag programs

read the reviews about these FREE Defrag Programs below and choose which one you prefer to use

Auslogics Disk Defrag is a disk defragmentation tool that supports FAT 16, FAT 32, and NTFS volumes. It offers scheduled defrags, automatic defrags when your system is idle and advanced options to customize which files will be defragmented.

UltraDefrag is an Open Source disk defragmentation tool that offers fast defragmenting, using a kernel based driver. It offers a simple GUI with a cluster map display, as well as a command-line interface and scheduling option

Puran Defrag is an easy to use disk defragmenter that offers boot-time defragmentation, automatic defragmentation, intelligent directory optimization, background (low priority) operation and optimization of free space. Other features include built-in scheduling, automatic restart or shutdown after defragmentation and integration with Windows Explorer to defrag individual files from the right-click menu. The free version is identical in features to the standard (shareware) version, however it is restricted to private, non-commercial use

Smart Defrag is an automatic disk defragmenter that keeps your hard drive space from becoming overly defragemented, which can cause slower disk performance. It works continuously in the background while your computer is idle and does not require further user intervention for basic maintenance. The program also includes a manual defrag option as well as support for scheduled defragmentations and with optional file system optimization.

The old your computer system the greater the opportunity that it is becoming your computer that will be slowed down by many other activities as time passes, and cluttered with information from installs, uninstalls, moving of files. As Windows Vista has been out for quite some time now a lot of those users are attempting to get the simplest way to defrag their Windows Vista operating-system.

We ve the following a few ways that you could readily defrag your windows vista computer.
To make use of your defrag tool found within Windows Vista. It should be noted that even though this is actually the easiest method, it may not be the most readily useful as some people have noted that the tool contained in the operating system does lack some of the capacities of other third party applications.

To Begin With:
Left click on the Start icon, generally the bottom left of your taskbar.
Left click on All Programs.
Left click on Accessories.
Left click on System Tools.
Left click on Disk Defragmenter.

It must be noted that when you are perhaps not the administrator of the computer you may be asked to input the password to do this activity.

You will find many different alternatives to select from as disc fragmentation is really a very large problem that can annoy many users as it can result in system crashes and a decrease of speed. It is advisable to perform a search, and see if you have a totally free scan or trial of the software when considering the different disk defrag tools which are on the market at this time. Many times these introductions to the item will permit one to get yourself a feel for the way the program was designed, in addition to how it runs in your system. Several different scans might be taken by it to obtain a course that you believe is going to do the task that best suits your needs.

Again, because the mess that comes along with every day use may have a very adverse impact on the body it really is very essential to constantly defrag your computer. Most notice a tremendous increase in speed and over all increase with the interaction with your computer system. if you haven t yet performed a disk defragmentation on your computer in an extended time (or if ever) you will.

  1. Open a computer window.
  2. Right-click on the media that you want to defragment, for example, B. main hard drive C.
  3. In the Player Properties dialog box, click the Tools tab.
  4. Click the “Defragment Now” button.
  5. Click the Scan Disk button.

How to Defrag Windows Vista

What is the use of disk defragmentation in Windows 7?

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Your hard drive is one of the best things you can do to speed up your Windows computer. Think of it like a closet. If you are like most people, you saved your documents in alphabetical folders so you can easily find them.

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Computer troubleshooting has become a necessary part of the computer owner. While problems are inevitable, one of the easiest ways toTo reflect most of them is regular regular maintenance. Defragmenting your Windows 7 hard drive should be a necessary part of your ongoing maintenance. Plan this at least once a month.

Why should I defragment Windows 7?

Hard drives store data in sectors. When the file system is first configured on the hard drive, it is likely that there are several internal bits of data, but the hard drive basically consists of a continuous block of empty space. When you install your first program, the files are located one after another and are located close to each other. However, things start to go wrong when one of the few things happens:

The newly available storage space leaves space between the data that was recorded before and after the deletion or change. This part is called a fragment. Over time, these fragments add up. The hard drive lever must move across the surface to find and combine your data. For this reason, you sometimes findthat your operations are slow.

How to defragment Windows 7

Disk defragmentation may take several minutes, but it may take several hours depending on the size and degree of fragmentation of your hard disk. However, you can still use your computer during the defragmentation process.

How to defragment Windows 7 from the command line

Although in previous versions of Windows there was only a graphical interface, Windows 7 includes a command line tool that provides better control and flexibility. Here’s how:

Do you know what a defrag disk is? Do you know how to defragment Windows 7? Do you know how defragmentation improves performance? This article shows you the answers and offers another program to expand the partition to improve hard disk performance.

If you want to speed up your Windows and strengthen the efficiency, defrag Windows hard drive regularly is helpful. What`s more, defrag Windows hard drive means delete the unless files which will save the space which will expand the RAM of your Windows, in some way, if you need to install the necessary new program, you can use the space left by the defrag to set the data of the program up. Windows hard drive defrag is helpful for you to manage all the files in a better way through removing all the gaps between each hard drives and folders, after that Windows will automatically manage all the files again into the most efficient way-this is why I said hard drive defragment helps to save RAM and memory.

Windows Vista is a kind of popular used Windows operation among Windows users. So if you are using a Windows Vista, you can also get the better efficiency by defrag hard drive on your Windows Vista.

The normal way for Windows Vista users to defrag hard drive can be the route below:

Open Start-> Go to Control Panel-> Navigate to System and Maintenance-> Choose Defragment Your Hard Drive in the Administrative Tools.

Then you may get a analysis of defragment proceed and get the report when it finished. Now I will show you more details about how to defrag Windows Vista with picture, for you to understand better.

Again, you need to follow the directory to start to defrag your Windows Vista hard drive:

Open Start-> Go to Control Panel-> Navigate to System and Maintenance-> Choose Defragment Your Hard Drive in the Administrative Tools. Then wait for the analysis completely.

How to Defrag Windows Vista

If you need to create a defragmentation schedule, click Modify Schedule or Configure schedule button-> click Defragment now or Defragment disk.

Do not use the PC while the Disk Defragmenter is running.

How to Defrag Windows Vista

It is also alternatively for you to defrag Windows Vista with the PC optimization tool, which can be more convenient and easy for you. In this way, the Neptune SystemCare Ultimate is highly recommended. Now let`s see how to defrag Windows Vista with it.

Step1. You need to download, install and launch Neptune SystemCare Ultimate in your Windows Vista.

Step2. Select the hard disk or all of them and then tap on the green Defragment button. Wait a few seconds for the analyzing and defragmenting.

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>How to defrag on Windows XP

This tutorial will explain how to defrag on windows xp using the in-house Windows Defrag tool on Microsoft Windows XP, disk fragmentation can cause your system to become slow and can cause PC crashes and slow startups by defragmenting your system is can maintain a decent system speed and prevent problems from ever occuring.

The in-built Windows Defragmentation Tool is useful but there are better alternatives out there that do the job much better and faster, and ensure your computer is protected from problems, you can view the best defrag programs by clicking here.

How to defrag on Windows XP Tutorial

1. Once your computer is powered on, and your desktop has loaded and the start bar proceed to click “Start”
from start navigate to “All Programs” from the all programs menu select the “Accessories” directory and in the directory you should see the “Disk Defragmenter” program, this tutorial will explain how to defrag on Windows XP.

2. The disk defragmenter tool should now be open on your screen, you should be seeing the same image as the one shown below:

How to Defrag Windows Vista

3. Select the computers main hard drive (By default it should be Volume C:) then click the “Defragment” button as shown in this image:

4. The defragment should now be running, the status should be displayed in the bottom of the Disk Defragmenter Window

How to Defrag Windows Vista

5. Once the defragmentation is completed you should see a prompt that asks if you want to “View Report” or “Close” the Window, select Close.

How to Defrag Windows Vista

How to Defrag on Windows XP is complete

5. Congragulations! You successfully know how to defrag on Windows XP. Your computers hard drive has been defragmented. You may want to seek out better alternatives than the default Windows XP Disk Defragmenter you can view our free alternatives on our Top Defrag Programs page we have listed the best ones and reviewed them, to defrag on Windows XP more effectivly consider upgrading to professional software.

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Steps for windows 10 defragmentation

Step 1 – First Log into your account as administrator. This is important!

Step 2 – Open My computer and go to file explorer.

Step 3 – Right click On the drive you want to defragment. Click on properties.

How to Defrag Windows Vista

Step 4 – Now choose Tools Tab and the click on Optimize.

Step 5 – Now, Click on Optimize as shown below.

How to Defrag Windows Vista

Why defragging Your Windows 10 is a Good Idea and How to Do It?

The very first question which comes to our mind is. What does the word Defragging actually means? So Defragging is the process that helps to reduce the amount of fragmentation. Now the second question that comes to our mind is what does Fragmentation means. Fragmentation is actually a scattered way of storage of our data. In computers memory large blocks of continuous memory blocks (called as fragments) are made to store our data. When the block size exceeds the size of the data, then data is scattered around multiple blocks.

Defragging is just the maintenance task that is required by our hard drive. Even we want that out Pc works in a smoother way, so defragging helps us to achieve it. Defragging should be performed over regular intervals of time, as by time the data and files stored in our disk gets fragmented, so in order to access data smoothly defragging is necessary.
In technical term defragging is just piling up all the sectors / pages of the hard disk in a sequential order, all the pages are arranged one after the other in a proper sequential manner, so that they are close to each other. This helps is accessing files easily and in lesser time. This is analogous to the pages in the book. Now there comes a difficulty in arranging the pages in order, for that the different fragments of some other files have to remove and space should be made for the defragmented order.

The next question after reading that comes to our mind is:

Do I Need to Defrag?

In earlier days of computer world the answer was yes, but as time changes so as technology advances so the answer too changes.

Solid State Drive: In earlier days SSD were used which don’t require the process of defragmentation because they don’t use the spinning platter for the purpose of storage, since there’s no movement of the platter so it does not require any extra time to read and write from the various parts of the drive. So defragging won’t be able to improve the performance.

Now if you are using any non solid state drive then definitely it needs defragmentation.

How Defragmentation is done?

The process of defragmentation is done by a specialized tool known as Disc Defragmenter which comes build in, in most of the recent operating systems. The tool performs its functions automatically at regular intervals of time by itself, there’s no need to trigger an action for it .If we want it to occur frequently then we can change the period amount as per our need.

Below are the different ways in which the function of a defragmenter are performed according to the different versions of windows operating system

Windows Xp: To defragment a windows xp operating system , we need to defragment our drive by ourselves. Following are the steps need to follow to defragment a windows xp operating system :-

  1. Click on start menu.
  2. Then click on Run option and type Dfrg.msc and then press enter.
  3. Then a disk defragmenter will be opened up, from which we can defragment our disk easily.
  1. Choose start, then all programs, then accessories, then system tools, then disk defragmenter.
  2. If a pop up occurs, then enter your valid admin or login passwords.
  3. Finally on click on Defragment now, for your drive to defragment.

Windows 7 and 8: This type of operating system does not need manual defragmentation; it performs automatically on a scheduled date and time. We just need to keep a check that the process is done periodically and smoothly, for that checks following steps are performed:-

  1. Open the start menu.
  2. Type defrag.
  3. Now open up windows “Disk Defragmenter” and make sure that it is running as per its desired schedule. Also it tells the status of the last Defragmenter performed and also the status of the number of fragments left in your drive.

MAC operating system: Even Mac operating system does not require manual defragmentation, the process is performed automatically. We just need to check for the required maintenance. This maintenance is done by a tool called Stellar Drive Defrag.

Points to remember:

  1. The time required by the defragmenter can be from several minutes and can extend up to several hours; it totally depends on the size and the volume of the disk that is to be defragmented and also on the degree of defragmentation needed.
  2. Defragmenter is a tool that runs as a background process, so a person’s work is not halted by the working of defragmenter.
  3. If during the working of a defragmenter, a particular drive is used by another program; may be for the purpose of formatting. Then Defragging can’t be done.
  4. Out of many drives there are Network drives which can’t be defragmented.
  5. If the status of drive is not shown, then it indicates that there’s a problem with the drive and we should try to fix it as soon as possible.
  6. The files in the Recycle Bin are not included by the Defragmenter. It also does not include files such as Bootsect DOS, Safeboot fs, Safeboot csv, Safeboot rsv, Hiberfil sys, Memory dmp and the Windows page file.
  7. If by chance the defragmenter does not run or you are unable to start it manually then also it is an indication of not working properly. To repair it , the following command should be written in the command prompt

Conclusion:

Defragmentation is essential because it helps in improving the performance speed as programs runs faster, helps to extend life of a hard drive as the mechanical part of the drive do lesser work, helps in obtaining high level of security also helps in improving battery life. Thus defragging comes with so many benefits that helps an individual to access files efficiently, so Defragging is a good idea and must be performed for good results.

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Defragment seems to make more problems in Windows Vista than it did in Windows XP. A recent test on a Toshiba notebook running Windows Vista Service Pack 1 revealed that a click on the defragment button would do nothing at all, and a quick research on the Internet revealed that I was not the only user facing the issue in Windows Vista.

The issue is apparently caused by third party disk defragmentation software programs that somehow hijack the defragmentation process.

The following article explains how to repair disk defragmentation in Windows Vista to make the native solution work again.

Please note that while it did work on the notebook I encountered the issue on, it may not work in all cases which is why I post alternatives in the end that let you defragment drives should the solution fail to work.

How to Defrag Windows Vista

The following error messages are symptomatic: “The Disk Defragmenter is not installed on your computer” or “Windows cannot connect to the Disk Defragmenter engine”. The suggested help topics do not help in this case, as is the case most of the time with those.

The first thing that can be done is to register two dynamic link libraries (dlls) again. This can be done by opening a command prompt as an administrator and typing in the following commands:

regsvr32 dfrgsnap.dll
regsvr32 dfrgui.dll

You might need to switch to the system32 directory first in the command line using cd /windows/system32/.

The second option is to reinstall the defragment tool completely. Locate the file dfrg.inf in the /windows/inf/ directory. Right-click it and select Install from the menu.

Alternatives To The Windows Defragmenter:

There are two possible alternatives. You can try and start the Dos defragmenter by loading defrag.exe or install a third party disk defragmentation tool like disk defrag.

Third-party tools run independent of the native Windows disk defragmentation tool and should work regardless of its state.

@mysticgeek
September 28, 2010, 12:00am EDT

One of the cool features in Vista and Windows 7 is it’s set to automatically defrag your hard drive by default on a weekly basis. If you’re still using XP, here’s how you can set it up to work similarly to Vista or Windows 7.

Defragging your hard drive ensures that the data on the disk is in contiguous order for easier access to files and programs. Although the jury is still out on whether or not it improves performance on the newest machines, it’s good to know your drive is always in order. By default, it’s set to run weekly in Vista and Windows 7, and here we’ll look at making it run automatically in XP like it does in the newer versions of Windows.

Defrag in Windows 7 & Vista

Windows 7 & Vista will automatically defrag your hard drive when it’s idle and the feature works well. In Windows 7 it’s set to run at 1am every Wednesday as a low priority background task. Of course you can also change the defrag schedule or turn it completely off if you want.

How to Defrag Windows Vista

Defrag in XP

On older XP machines, defragging the drive is a recommended task for best performance, but it’s not enabled by default. There are a couple of ways to access Disk Defragmenter in XP.

A quick way is to go to Start Run and type in dfrg.msc and hit Enter or click OK.

How to Defrag Windows Vista

Alternately, you can open My Computer, right-click on your local drive, and select Properties.

How to Defrag Windows Vista

In the Local Disk Properties screen click the Tools tab, then Defragment Now.

How to Defrag Windows Vista

Disk Defragmenter opens and you can analyze your drive, view a report, or kick off the defrag process manually. One of the cool things available in XP Defrag when analyzing your disk is the GUI.

How to Defrag Windows Vista

You can still analyze your disk in Windows 7 or Vista, but don’t get the graphical interface.

How to Defrag Windows Vista

Make XP Defrag Run Like in Vista or Windows 7

If you want Disk Defragmenter to work like it does in Vista or Windows 7, we need to create a Scheduled Task. Open Control Panel in Classic View and open Scheduled Tasks.

How to Defrag Windows Vista

The Scheduled Task Wizard kicks off and when you come to the screen to select the program to run, click the Browse button.

How to Defrag Windows Vista

Now enter the following into the File name field and click Open.

How to Defrag Windows Vista

Give the task a name…it will be defrag by default but you can name it to whatever you want. Make sure to select Weekly and click Next.

How to Defrag Windows Vista

For the Start time enter 1:00 AM, run every week, and for the day select Wednesday.

Note: This is what the Windows 7 default schedule is. Of course you can set it to whatever you want, but here we want to make it the same as the Windows 7 default.

How to Defrag Windows Vista

The default user name will automatically be entered, and you’ll need to enter the correct password.

How to Defrag Windows Vista

Now that everything looks good and is correctly scheduled, make sure to check Open advanced properties for this task when I click Finish.

How to Defrag Windows Vista

When Advanced Properties opens in the Run field after defrag.exe enter a space then the letter of your local drive, in most cases it’s the C: drive…click OK.

How to Defrag Windows Vista

You might also want to go into Settings and have your PC wake up to run the task and adjust the idle time.

How to Defrag Windows Vista

You’ll be prompted to enter in your login credentials again and click OK.

How to Defrag Windows Vista

Now you’ll see an icon for your new Defrag Scheduled Task.

How to Defrag Windows Vista

When it runs, the Command Prompt screen will open and run an analysis and complete the defrag process.

How to Defrag Windows Vista

You won’t see it running via the GUI but it’s running in the background. If you open up Task Manager you’ll see the process running.

How to Defrag Windows Vista

That is all there is to it. Now your XP machine is set to automatically defrag the local hard drive just like it does in Vista and Windows 7. If you want to get a better handle on the defrag feature in all three versions of Windows, we have several different other articles you can check out!

Improve the performance of XP and Vista–at least a little bit–by running its built-in disk defragmenter with your choice of command switches.

If it were up to me, I’d never defragment my PC’s drives. I’m one of those people who prefers to have Windows’ maintenance operations done in the background, without my direct intervention.

So it comes as no surprise that I’m a big fan of Vista’s automatic-defrag setting. But I also know better than to put all my faith in Microsoft’s ability to keep my system healthy. Last year, I started using Auslogics’ free Disk Defrag utility, which works with Windows 2000 and up.

If you prefer to use Windows’ defragger, you can open it by pressing the Windows key (or Ctrl-Esc), pressing R (in XP), typing defrag in Vista or dfrg.msc in XP, and pressing Enter. The interface of Vista’s Disk Defragmenter is nonexistent; the utility is clearly designed for behind-the-scenes operation. Your only options are to set the defrag schedule, select the volumes to defrag, and run the defragger.

How to Defrag Windows Vista Vista’s Disk Defragmenter utility is a no-frills affair. Microsoft

XP’s version of the Disk Defragmenter isn’t much more functional, although it does give you a little more graphical feedback about the state of your drives.

You get more control over your disk defrags by running Windows’ defragger utility from a command prompt and entering command switches that modify its actions. Start by opening a command-prompt window. One way is by pressing the Windows key (or Ctrl-Esc), pressing R (in XP), typing cmd, and pressing Enter. Or click Start > All Programs > Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and select Run as administrator.

At the command prompt, type defrag ? to see a list of available command switches. In both XP and Vista, you can add -a to the “defrag” command to analyze the drive only, -f to force a defrag with less than 15 percent free space, -b to defrag only boot files, and -v to show a “verbose” report of the defrag.

Vista adds a couple of other switches: -i defrags even when the PC isn’t idle, -c works on all drives, and -w processes chunks of files smaller than 64MB; without this switch, Vista’s defragger ignores all file fragments smaller than 64MB.

Type defrag ? at a command prompt and press Enter to see a list of available command switches. Microsoft

For example, to defrag all your Vista volumes regardless of fragment size and when there’s less than 15 percent free space, enter this line at the command prompt and then press Enter:

defrag -c -w -f

The utility will display a report on the selected volumes prior to beginning the defragmentation.

Windows defrag utility will show a report on the selected volumes prior to defragmenting the drives. Microsoft

Unfortunately, defrags run from a command prompt aren’t any faster than those conducted via the graphical interface. That’s the biggest advantage of specialty defrag programs such as Auslogics’ Disk Defrag, which is much speedier than the defragger in Windows.

The fact is, Vista’s automated defrags were doing a great job of keeping my disk space nice and compact. I didn’t notice much of a performance improvement after I manually defragged my Vista PC, but the defrag did wonders for my ancient XP box, which I admit I had neglected to defrag for many months.

The other day, I was talking to a guy who wanted a PC but didn’t want Vista. He asked me how long he would have to wait for new PCs running Windows 7. When I told him that such systems were still several months away, he indicated that he’d buy a machine from a company that let you “downgrade” Vista to XP.

I didn’t say anything, but part of me thought he was crazy. I’ll take Vista over XP any day of the week. Not having to run a disk-defrag utility is only one of the reasons why. (Yes, I know you can automate disk defrags in XP via Scheduled Tasks, as Microsoft explains in this Knowledge Base article, but doing so is too much hassle for the average Windows user.)

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How to Defrag Windows Vista

If your computer is moving slow or you are ready to add upgrades it’s wise to defrag. Use this process to defrag your Windows computer’s hard drive. IObit Smart Defrag 4 optimizes your PC to take full advantage of SSD performance while defragmenting your hard disks. Its SSD Trim tool automatically enables.

The Best Free Defrag Tool for Windows is Itself. Back in the days, defragging your PC was something everyone did on a regular basis, even if you had no clue what you were doing.

Auslogics Disk Defrag will speed up your computer by optimizing file system. It can defragment files, consolidate free space and move system files to the faster part. How to Perform a Full Manual Defragmentation of Your Hard Disk Under Windows Vista. If you have tried doing a defragmentation of your hard disk under Windows Vista. In Windows 8, the name for a lot of features in Windows 7 has changed. For example, Windows Anytime Upgrade is now called Add Features to Windows 8. A new feature of Windows 7 is the ability to simultaneously defragment more than one attached hard drive. The middle window, shown above, lists all your hard.

What everyone did know was that it somehow made the computer run faster. I’ve written many articles in the past about defragmenting your hard drive, the boot sector, the paging file and even the registry. During the days of Windows XP, defragging was necessary and it made a significant difference in performance. Over time, many companies started selling third party defragging tools that supposedly did the job faster, better and more accurately. Some were actually fairly good, but most pretty much did the same thing as the built- in Windows defragment tool or even worse. It wasn’t surprising to run a third- party defrag tool and have your computer actually run slower than before.

Third Party Defrag Scenarios. The only time I have actually seen a reason to recommend a third- party defrag tool to anyone was if the person had a complex setup on their PC with different types of data stored in different locations. For example, if you have four different hard drives installed on your PC, each containing different types of data like music, videos, operating system files, etc, then a third- party tool can let you defrag each drive in a different way. If one drive has a lot of small files that are accessed often, you could use a third- party tool to defragment that drive so that the files are sorted by the last accessed time or creation time. For a drive that has a bunch of large music or video files that don’t get accessed very often, you could sort them on the disk by folder size or file size.

You could even defragment only certain files or folders instead of the entire drive if you wanted. Obviously, as you can see, this is really only useful for certain specific scenarios and the time and effort spent doing all of this may not even yield any dramatic results. The only other scenario where a third- party defrag tool worked well was with a client who had a hard drive that was almost full. I was able to use a third- party tool to move all the data to the beginning of the disk.

This freed up some extra space and helped speed up the PC a bit. Windows Built- In Defrag Is The Best. For 9. 9% of the people reading this article, the built- in disk defragmenter tool in Windows is perfect for keeping your hard drive running smoothly. A bunch of people have actually gone through the trouble of testing out a lot of different defragment tools like Defraggler, My. Defrag, etc and have found that in Windows 7 and above, they don’t speed up read or write access to data on the hard drive by any noticeable amount.

This is because hard drives nowadays are much larger and therefore have a lot more free space. With the extra space, Windows doesn’t have to fragment your files as much. In addition to larger hard drives, modern machines and hard drives can access data much faster than earlier.

So even if you have a partially fragmented hard drive, it most likely won’t even make any difference in how fast the data can be accessed. Only if you have a very fragmented hard drive will you start seeing some slowdowns, but this is virtually impossible because of the built- in Windows defragmenter. In Windows 7, it’s called Disk Defragmenter and in Windows 8 and higher, it’s now called Optimize Drives. By default, it’s scheduled to run once a week, which pretty much keeps all your drives near 0% fragmentation. Here’s my Windows 7 PC after 2 years of use without ever manually running a defrag. I’ve already written a detailed post about Optimize Drives and Disk Defragmenter in Windows 8 and Windows 7, so feel free to check that out if you want more info.

SSDs Don’t Need Defragmenting. Lastly, even the days of automatic defragmentation are dying because of SSDs (solid state disks). An SSD doesn’t read and write data like a traditional hard drive and doesn’t need to be defragged. Actually, Windows will automatically disable disk defragmentation on a solid state hard drive because defragging can reduce the life of an SSD. If you are looking for truly significant performance gains when reading and writing data, then you should upgrade to an SSD.

Even the cheapest and slowest SSDs are many times faster than traditional spinning hard drives. On my Windows 7 machine, the boot time went from over 4. I switched from a 7. RPM hard drive to a 2. GB Samsung SSD. SSDs are usually much smaller in size due to their higher cost, but just loading the operating system onto an SSD can make a huge difference, even if you store all your other data on a separate slower spinning hard drive.

Conclusion. Hopefully, everything I said above made sense, but if not, here’s the takeaway. If you are running Windows XP on an older machine, you really should upgrade. If you can’t, then manually run the built- in disk defragmenter. If you are running Windows Vista or higher, there is nothing you have to do because. Windows will automatically defragment any traditional hard drives and will exclude SSDs. If you’re a tech geek and want to squeeze every last ounce of juice from your PC, then install a reputable third- party defrag tool and configure it to your liking.

Otherwise, relax and enjoy your already optimized hard drive. Another good way to speed up a PC that is better than defragmenting is uninstalling unused or junk software.

Related Terms

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A little preventative maintenance goes a long way when it comes to your Windows-based PCs. One Windows-PC tool to know is Disk Defragmenter, which optimizes fragmented files on the hard disk drive.

A little preventative maintenance goes a long way when it comes to your Windows-based PCs. All Windows operating systems come with tools that you can use to help keep your computer running in top shape. One such tool is the Disk Defragmenter (defragment), which works to optimize fragmented files on the hard disk drive.

Fragmentation describes the condition of your hard disk drive when files are divided into pieces and scattered around the disk. Fragmentation occurs naturally when you use a disk frequently, just by doing basic tasks like creating, deleting and modifying files.

At some point, the operating system needs to store parts of a file in noncontiguous clusters. This is entirely invisible to you, but it can slow down the speed at which data is accessed because the disk drive must search through different parts of the disk to put together a single file. In a nutshell, the Disk Defragmenter will optimize a disk by unfragmenting the stored files.

How Disk Defragmenter Works

When you run the Disk Defragmenter it will perform several tasks. The application will locate fragments of files stored in different locations on the disk and then copy them into a single continuous file at a point on the disk that has enough free space. It then compares the two files and updates the Master File Table (MFT). After writing to the MFT, the Disk Defragmenter will then delete the old fragmented file and the MFT is again updated with the new free space information.

How to Access the Disk Defragmenter

In Windows XP or Windows Vista you can access the Disk Defragmenter tool through the following steps:

  1. Click Start, select All Programs, select Accessories, select System Tools, click Disk Defragmenter. (or)
  2. Open your Windows Explorer and view all drives. Right click on the drive you want to defragment and select Properties. In the Tools tab choose Disk Defragmenter.

In the Disk Defragmenter tool box, you’ll need to select the hard drives you want to defragment. In Windows XP you can Analyze the drive first. A user interface will show you the progress as you run Disk Defragmenter. In Windows Vista there is no graphical view of the progress as the application works.

It May Take a While

The Disk Defragmenter tool can take anywhere from minutes to hours to run, depending on the size of your hard drive and also how fragmented the drive is. One way to run the Disk Defragmenter and not lose any computing time is to leave the system and run the Disk Defragmenter during a time when the system can be left on but is not be in use (e.g., 3 or 4 a.m.). You can simply use the steps above to launch Disk Defragmenter when your computing tasks are done for the day or you can have the Windows Task Scheduler automatically run the Disk Defragmenter on a certain day and time each week or month. In Windows XP or Windows Vista you can access the Task Scheduler tool through the following steps: Click Start, select All Programs, select Accessories, select System Tools, click Task Scheduler.

Tips for Getting the Best Results

  • Ensure you have no applications running when you start the Disk Defragmenter. If you system is accessing applications the Defragmenter will not stay running. Be sure to turn off your screensaver also.
  • Delete your Temporary Internet Files and other files you do not use. You can also uninstall unused programs. In the Properties tab of your hard drive you can access “Disk Cleanup,” which will help you get rid of unused and unnecessary files.
  • Run the Disk Defragmenter at regular intervals. However you can also run the tool if you add a lot of files to the disk at one time or find you are running low on disk space.

Based in Nova Scotia, Vangie Beal is has been writing about technology for more than a decade. She is a frequent contributor to EcommerceGuide and managing editor at Webopedia. You can tweet her online @AuroraGG.

This article was originally published on January 16, 2008

Learning how to defrag your computer is a very important lesson when using a computer. But wait a bit. De-fragmentation is only recommended on a magnetic hard drive as solid state drives do not need to be defragged.

When you install programs onto your computer the files are scattered all over the place in the closest available space. Therefore it is important that we organize the files that were installed into a logical order. When you defrag your computer the files are placed together if they belong together. This makes programs open up faster as everything they need is close by. Defragging your computer also places the most frequently used programs in an easy to access parts of your storage so they will also open faster.

If you have Microsoft windows as your operating system on your computer, it includes a system tool called Disk Defragmenter. This utility examines your files and places them in areas that will enable easy access. This is one of the most popular computer maintenance tips and is definitely included it in my computer maintenance checklist.

How to defrag your computer using the Windows Disk Defragmenter?

  1. Go to the Start Menuin the bottom left and choose all programs
  2. Then Choose Accessories, then System Tools, then Disk Defragmenter
  3. Now you can choose to Analyze your hard drive disk to see if it needs defragging.
  4. If it does need it then press the Defrag button.

When finished, Windows will give you a report.

Below is a Screenshot of my computers Disk Defragmenter. My computer’s hard drive did not need to be defragged as I have already done it this week.

How to Defrag Windows Vista

How to de-frag your computer using Windows Vista or Windows 7?

As with Windows XP, both Windows Vista and Windows 7 have the Disk Defragmenter included. You simply need to go to the start menu and press on the link that says all programs.

  • Then you need to find the accessories folder as shown below in the screenshot.
  • In the accessories folder there will be another folder called system tools.

How to Defrag Windows Vista

See the screen shot below showing the system tools folder and though disk defragmenter contained in there.

How to defrag your computer using a third-party program?

Microsoft Windows provides a free tool to de-frag your computer, however I prefer to use a free program called JK de-frag. I have tested its performance against the free Windows disk defragmenter and I believe that it performs 100% better. This program is no longer supported however I am still using it and it still works great!

I have made a computer maintenance video showing how I use JK de-frag and how to manually maintain your computer.

If you can afford to buy maintenance software I should definitely check out PowerSuite Golden. I have not seen software like this. It actually does absolutely everything!

Should I Defrag my Mac Computer?

Mac OS X uses the filesystem (HFS+) which makes your traditional defragmentation unnecessary. The system automatically tries to keep most files from fragmenting in the first place and the optimization is taken care of by the system. Therefore defragging a Mac may actually slow down your machine rather than speed it up.

All over computer maintenance

I have a plan to maintain and protect 3 computers for one year for under $100. This includes all computer maintenance, and complete internet security. Who has time to keep up with computer maintenance when you are busy working and trying to find time to spend with your family and friends. Getting the right programs to do the job can save you hundreds of dollars in computer repair bills.

Of course if you have time you can definitely perform all this maintenance yourself and all with free programs.

Why should you defrag your computer?

  • The longer you do not defrag your computer the worse it gets, which slows your computer down.
  • When you do defrag your hard drive disk the worse it is, the longer it takes to defrag. Therefore it is better to defrag your computer more often.
  • Also if you have a large hard drive with a lot of information it takes longer to defrag your computer.

You should defrag your computer hard drive at least once a week to keep your system running smoothly and may also help prevent errors.

Install a program to do it all for you automatically!

Many people are still not sure if it is safe to remove files or even move files around with defragging. I understand this so for those people I would recommend software to do the job for them.

A software program will not upgrade your memory but it will clean out all the junk files, defrag your files to speed up your computer, detect Malware, delete unused registry keys, Automatic Driver updates, and more. At the moment I am using PC Matic to maintain everything for me. This software is amazing and has won a number of top awards. You can get a free scan for your computer to see how it works before you buy.

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Why doesn’t Vista’s disk defragmenter work in safe mode?

Keith Brooks, Melbourne, Florida

It does work in safe mode; it just doesn’t tell you.

Vista’s defrag happens quietly in the background. If you bring up the defragger, you won’t find many options or much information. Vista’s defrag happens quietly in the background. If you bring up the defragger, you won’t find many options or much information. Vista treats defragging as a hidden background task–no progress bar, no pretty boxes changing colors, no sign whatsoever that anything is happening. When you launch Defrag under normal conditions (by right-clicking your hard drive’s icon in Computer, selecting Properties, and clicking Tools, Defragment Now), you get a dialog box for controlling when defrags happen, but that’s about it.

Do the same thing in Safe Mode, and defragging quietly starts.

Here’s another Vista Defrag problem: Entering defrag c: at a command prompt brings up an error message. In Vista you can launch a command-line defrag only from an administrator command prompt. To get one, select Start, All Programs, Accessories. Right-click the Command Prompt icon and select Run as administrator. You’ll know you’re on the right track when Vista makes you pass through a User Account Control dialog box (if you haven’t disabled this security feature, that is).

Disk defragmentation is an essential routine for PC owners. This is because disk fragmentation is the primary cause for slow or unstable PC performance. How often we see people complaining about a slow PC but fail to defrag their disk for years together?

It is common knowledge that as our computer get older, its performance degrades.This is because of creating and saving many files, downloading music and movies etc. But you can still keep your computer in good condition and ensure good performance by using some some smart cleanup utilities. Disk Defrag tools help to defragment the fragmented disk on your PC and should definitely be available in your clean up toolkit.

Though Windows has its own disk defrag utility, there are also several good third party utilities which are much more powerful than the default defragmentation utility in windows.Smart Defrag is one such popular free disk defragmenter from Iobit.

Smart Defrag has a intuitive interface that any computer user, including a novice, will find it easy to use.But behind this simple interface is a powerful and fast defragmenting engine that works very well with large hard drives in modern computers.

What makes this utility really smart is the fact that it does much more than simple defragmentation. It streamlines the PC file system and places the frequently used files and directories into the fastest area of the disk, thereby enabling your computer to perform efficiently and with the most stability. Smart Defrag is always “ON” and works in the background continuously. It is all automatic and you wouldn’t even realize that you have this utility running in the background. But it continually and constantly keeps your computer free from fragmentation.

Besides, unlike other “Automated” Defragmenters, Smart Defrag does NOT constantly perform analysis and defrag, which does damage your hard drive and shorten its life. Smart Defrag has a “Safe Intelligence” technology that can assure the health of your disk by deciding “When” and “How” to execute defragmentation.

Smart Defrag requires a DVD or CD-ROM drive, 30 MB of free hard disk space, 256 MB of RAM and at least a 300 MHz processor.

Smart Defrag works in windows XP, vista and Windows 7. Free download this automated disk defragmenter from here and enjoy a high performing PC.

How to Defrag Windows Vista

Microsoft Defrag is a software utility capable of organizing and optimizing the files on the hard drive to improve system performance. It was first introduced with MS-DOS 6.0.

  • Availability
  • Defrag syntax
  • Defrag examples

Availability

Defrag is an external command that is available for the following Microsoft operating systems.

  • MS-DOS 6.0 and above and all versions of Windows.

Defrag syntax

  • Windows Vista and later syntax.
  • Windows XP and earlier syntax.
  • MS-DOS 6.0 and earlier defrag syntax.

Windows Vista and later syntax

Where is omitted (traditional defrag), or as follows:

Or, to track an operation already in progress on a volume:

/A Perform analysis on the specified volumes.
/C Perform the operation on all volumes.
/D Perform traditional defrag (this is the default).
/E Perform the operation on all volumes except those specified.
/H Run the operation at normal priority (default is low).
/K Perform slab consolidation on the specified volumes.
/L Perform retrim on the specified volumes.
/M Run the operation on each volume in parallel in the background.
/O Perform the proper optimization for each media type.
/T Track an operation already in progress on the specified volume.
/U Print the progress of the operation on the screen.
/V Print verbose output containing the fragmentation statistics.
/X Perform free space consolidation on the specified volumes.

Windows XP and earlier syntax

/A Analyzes the volume and displays a summary of the analysis report.
/V Displays the complete analysis and defragmentation reports.

When used in combination with /a, displays only the analysis report. When used alone, displays both the analysis and defragmentation reports.

MS-DOS 6.0 and earlier defrag syntax

Below is a listing of available switches in MS-DOS Defrag 6.0 and above. Note that these commands will not work in Windows 95 and above and defrag should not run while Windows is running in the background.

Drive: Drive letter that you want to defragment.
/F Insures that no empty space remains between files.
/U Leaves empty space if any is found between files.
/S:order Sorts files in specific sort .
N = Alphabetic name order.
-N = Reverse alphabetic name order.
E = In alphabetic file extension order.
-E = Reverse alphabetic file extension order.
D = In date order (earliest to latest).
-D = Reverse date order (old to new).
S = By file size (small to large)
-S = By file size (large to small)
/B Reboot the computer after completing defrag.
/Skiphigh Load defrag into conventional memory.
/LCD Start defrag in LCD color mode.
/BW Start defrag in black and white color mode.
/G0 Disable mouse and character set.
/A Start defrag in automatic mode.
/H Move hidden files.

Defrag examples

Defrag the main hard drive and correct any fragmented files.

I’m about to do a clea re-install of Windows Vista. If i do a Disk defrag as as soon as ive re-installed it (before i install any programs) will this boost the performance?

I seen on one website that doing this can boost the performcance by 25%

3 Answers

How to Defrag Windows Vista

Wouldn’t see it making much difference but can’t do any harm running it, check the analyser to see how much it will reorganise

How to Defrag Windows Vista

Not necessary to do that. First install Vista, then install all the updates followed by all your programs and data files.

Then run a disk cleanup using the Vista built-in utility. This will clear out the temporary files that were created during the installations.

Finally run a defrag to organize the disk and defragment the fragmented files, consolidate free space etc. The Vista’s utility is slow and inefficient. use Diskeeper 2009 or something. It’s not free, but you can get free trial versions from http://www.diskeeper.com and use for 30 days. It’s far, far better than Vista’s pathetic defragger.

How to Defrag Windows Vista

Mmm i don’t see the point if you have no programs installed, if its a clean install surely you should be running at 100%.

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What is O&O Defrag?

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How to Defrag Windows Vista

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  • User-Friendly – Ideal interface for Beginners and Professionals users.
  • Defragments locked files and displays lifetime performance statistics.
  • Inbuilt ‘Fragment Filter’ identifies the most fragmented files on Hard Drive.
  • The defragmentation process time is reduced by up to 40% in newer versions.
  • O&O Defrag offers a new defragmentation method (SOLID) for HDD and SDDs.
  • Best Performance – Get even faster system performance and program start time.
  • ‘Time View’ to identify defragmentation activity results of successful optimization.
  • Server Edition is compatible with Windows Server 2016, 2012 R2, 2012, 2008 R2, 2008
  • Offers Network Management for cohesive software distribution on network Server Edition.
  • Offers effortless remote supervision using O&O ‘TrueRemoteControl’ on Server Editions.
  • Screen Saver Mode enables convenient and efficient optimization at system idle time.
  • The defragmentation process can be initiated with only 5% of free disk space.
  • Optimal defragmentation of all sized Hard Disks using STEALTH Technology.
  • Utmost functionality with all size of partitions and Hard Disk Drives.
  • O&O’s Microsoft Windows API offers 100% file and data security.
  • Provides special support for Windows-based Notebooks.
  • Automated defragmentation with O&O OneClickDefrag.

How to Defrag Windows Vista

1 PC – USD $29.95, 3 PCs – USD $49.95, 1 Server – USD $199

How does O&O Defrag detect new fragmentation?

O&O Defrag can be scheduled to scan the system for fragmentation on a daily, weekly, monthly basis. You can also define a threshold value to initiate defragmentation. Defragmentation process will only take place when a specified degree of fragmentation is hit. This ensures you that your device is in optimal shape and avoids unnecessary defragmentation process.

O&O Defrag is Best For?

O&O Defrag Professional Edition is best for Home and SMB users. Many corporate users are also availing the service of O&O defrag for optimization of corporate workstations.

Is O&O Defrag safe to use?

O&O Disk defrag is 100% based on Microsoft Windows API to defrag Windows 10 fragmented portion of the hard drive. This makes is quite safer to perform defragmentation processes using O&O Defrag software.

Supported Devices by O&O Defrag

O&O Defrag can support all hardware storage devices that are supported by Windows.

Supported OS Versions

O&O Defrag Professional is compatible with all version of Windows including Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7 and Windows Vista. O&O Defrag Server Edition is compatible with Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Server 2008 R2, Server 2008, Vista, Server 2003, Server 2012 and Server 2012 R2.

Languages Offered

O&O Defrag is currently offered in English and German languages.

Technical Support

You may contact technical support using following e-mail [email protected] or fill out the support form at https://www.oo-software.com/en/support/csupport and the support representative shall get back to you via Email or Call as per severity.

How to Defrag Windows Vista

Scheduled defragging can be set up as per system idle time.

Defrags can be initiated each time the screensaver gets active.

Scheduled defrags can be skipped if the fragmentation is too low.

Moves large system files and restore points to slower parts of the disk.

Increases the performance of files and overall system response time.

Shows extensively detailed hard drive reports of the system.

All features are not free to use but available in the Professional version.

Unable to perform defrag during system boot up.

Final Verdict

O&O Defrag 22 has pushed the bar to the next level in terms of disk-defragmentation utilities. O&O Defrag 22 has turned out to be the best disk defragmenter for Windows 10. Its user-friendly interface and effectiveness made it ideal for beginners. Experienced PC users may find few shortfalls in Free Trial versions however it covers them up in its Professional version. O&O Defrag 22 is one of the easiest utilities to use as a disk defragmentation software.

Its simplicity, quick performance and simple solution to fragmented data made it best disk defrag software for Windows 10 and earlier versions. Its server edition also made a huge improvement to be categorized in best defragmenter list and can defrag Windows 10 and earlier version including all server editions. Its existence in the industry and consistency in developing the best versions made it the best Disk Defragmenter software for Windows 10.

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Question

My Dell Inspiron started getting slower and slower.

I started the Defrag manually and it had been running for over 10 hours when I manually cancelled it. The machine has speeded up quite a bit. I was wondering if I should have left the defrag on all day to get it to finish or does it just continue to run until cancelled.

If so, how many hours, on average, should it take to complete a defrag cycle?

Answers

It really depends on the hardware. If you have an average or below average processor, it can take a long time.

The larger the hard drive, the longer it will take.

So, a Celeron with 1gb of memory and a 500gb hard drive that’s has not been defragged in a long time could take 10 hours or more.

The high end hardware takes an hour to 90 minutes on 500gb drive.

Run the disk cleanup tool first, then the defrag. Start it at night a let it run.

  • Marked as answer by Miya Yao Tuesday, May 24, 2011 9:16 AM

The time of Defrag is depend on your hardware , the partition size and the storage file types. Also, low disc space would cause this issue.

You may run the Disk Cleanup before Defrag. Then preform a Clean Boot , run Defrag .

In addition, I recommend that you may try to check the disk integrity

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  • Marked as answer by Miya Yao Tuesday, May 24, 2011 9:16 AM

All replies

It really depends on the hardware. If you have an average or below average processor, it can take a long time.

The larger the hard drive, the longer it will take.

So, a Celeron with 1gb of memory and a 500gb hard drive that’s has not been defragged in a long time could take 10 hours or more.

The high end hardware takes an hour to 90 minutes on 500gb drive.

Run the disk cleanup tool first, then the defrag. Start it at night a let it run.

  • Marked as answer by Miya Yao Tuesday, May 24, 2011 9:16 AM

The time of Defrag is depend on your hardware , the partition size and the storage file types. Also, low disc space would cause this issue.

You may run the Disk Cleanup before Defrag. Then preform a Clean Boot , run Defrag .

In addition, I recommend that you may try to check the disk integrity

Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread. ”

  • Marked as answer by Miya Yao Tuesday, May 24, 2011 9:16 AM

AMD Phenom X6, Windows 7 x64 (running 8 months), MSI 890fxa-gd70 mobo, 16GB DDR3, WD Black 1TB. (700GB Free space)

So far 7 hours to defrag. Dont tell me it depends on hardware. This is a pretty fast machine. I have a ton of large games and A ton of pictures. I believe its very slow because of one of those types of files. I know my 1GB game files are very fragmented. Also if you rip and burn dvds this may impact the file fragments IMO.