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Secondary HDD works fine but cannot be Disk Cleanup or Defrag

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July 1, 2011 11:59:19 PM

Hello everyone!


I have a two HDD setup with a newer Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB as my secondary drive. It stores all my bigger files such as video games, videos, and so on. Whenever I try to optimize that hard drive using Disk Cleanup or Disk Defragmenter, it doesn't seem to execute the program. The hard drive is running and DC and DD have it on their list but when I use DC it would just come up with 0 mb to clean every time and DD always run a lot faster than the smaller primary drive which is also Western Digital. Is there somewhere in Windows 7 configuration that I need to change to enable the disk to be optimized?

I am running Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate.

Thanks,
Pars.
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July 2, 2011 12:25:59 AM

Disk cleanup will not run (the wizard won't find any files to clean) on a secondary drive under Windows 7. It will only run on the drive the OS is installed on. Defrag is another story though... it should run on any drive connected to the computer (provided it is not a solid state drive).
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July 13, 2011 3:11:48 AM

"Is there somewhere in Windows 7 configuration that I need to change to enable the disk to be optimized? "


Yes. Install Disk Defrag. It is much better in optimizing and faster(Disk Defrag is FREE for home users, yet supplied with advanced disk optimization techniques that only paid analogs have.)

But better yet, u can select to move system files (most used files) to the front of the disc so they are closer to the read/write heads, so it will react faster.

http://www.auslogics.com/en/software/disk-defrag/

One of the best ones out there.
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July 14, 2011 3:52:26 AM

parsimony said:
Hello everyone!


I have a two HDD setup with a newer Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB as my secondary drive. It stores all my bigger files such as video games, videos, and so on. Whenever I try to optimize that hard drive using Disk Cleanup or Disk Defragmenter, it doesn't seem to execute the program. The hard drive is running and DC and DD have it on their list but when I use DC it would just come up with 0 mb to clean every time and DD always run a lot faster than the smaller primary drive which is also Western Digital. Is there somewhere in Windows 7 configuration that I need to change to enable the disk to be optimized?

I am running Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate.

Thanks,
Pars.


Sounds like something is awry with the disk clean up and the defrag program.

You could try a system restore to repair these or even repairing the windows installation.

But if Windows is otherwise running fine, I would just get CCleaner here: http://download.cnet.com/ccleaner/ and run its file cleaner to handle the clean-up of both drives.

For defrag I would recommend a commercial program as they tend to be more robust and the better ones will run transparently and automatically.

Here is a Top 10 Reviews comparison of the best ones: http://disk-defragmenter-software-review.toptenreviews....

The top placers are very transparent with the winner being completely transparent during defrag and also preventing fragmentation from occurring in the first place.

Get a free trial and try it out.

Bill R TechSpec


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July 21, 2011 2:10:22 PM

Thanks for all the response guys. I'll be downloading some of the files that were recommended as the default DD program just won't configure the secondary HDD that does not have Windows 7.
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