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Should I defrag manually or not?

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January 19, 2013 6:20:58 PM

Reading and searching for information about defragmenting has only caused me more confusion. I have been reading a lot about Win 7 automatic defrag etc. My old Vista PC has also an option where you set up a schedule for automatic defragmenting, so I don't see how Win 7 is different in that aspect...

I have built this gaming PC just a month ago. I have looked at the defrag schedule for both my boot drive and other drive and twice I have seen the boot drive say 4% defrag. Other times, it always shows as 0%.

- What does the above mean?
- I have the defrag set to a monthly schedule for 1st day of the month at midnight. Will I have to leave my PC fully powered on for this to take effect?
- Some people say defragging is not necessary for modern hard drives any more. So is it or is it not?
- I do have about 50GB of data on the boot drive (Velociraptor) and 500 GB of pictures, movies, music, games on the other drive. Is it necessary to defrag them?
- Should I do this manually because my computer is not always on during the "scheduled" defrag time?

Thank you.

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250gb WD Velociraptor - 2tb WE Black - Gigabyte z77x-ud3h - Gigabyte GTX 660 - Corsair GS700 - Corsair Vengeance 2x4gb - CM storm enforcer

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January 19, 2013 6:38:04 PM
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i use this free one and do a defrag manualy when it is over 20 % of the drive http://www.piriform.com/defraggler/download and you dont need to drefag the other unlees the software show you that is realy scramble .
January 21, 2013 4:28:30 AM

I also defrag my hard drive regularly just like you. My hard drive is OK! So, I think it is necessary.
January 21, 2013 11:14:15 PM

Best answer selected by xerxesaria.
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