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Safe to defrag with XP??

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August 9, 2003 2:36:24 AM

Is it safe to defrag my hard drive with XP? Someone told me a long time ago that defrag is bad for some reason but I install and uninstall programs frequently and in large quantities, so I need to free up that memory.


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August 9, 2003 3:09:37 AM

Yes ... it is safe.

Keeping the files contiguous on the hard drive actually saves wear and tear on the actuator arm, prolonging the life span of the device.

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But ... there are definitely much better utilities available on the market for this purpose, with speed and capabilities that far exceed Window's built-in defragmentation program, such as ...

<A HREF="" target="_new">Diskeeper</A>

<A HREF="" target="_new">PerfectDisk</A>

<A HREF="" target="_new">O&O Defrag</A>

... to name three oft recommended products.


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August 10, 2003 10:57:38 AM

I defrag in XP. But not in Win9x, it seems that everytime i defrag in 9x nothing had happen afterwards.

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August 10, 2003 1:00:07 PM

Keeping the Win 98 OS "defragged" helps performance immensely but better use a utility; like those previously mentioned or Nortons speed disk. There are of course other tools too.

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