Safe to defrag with XP?? Tags: Hard Drives Defragment Windows XP Storage Last response: August 10, 2003 1:00 PM in Storage Share Stressky 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. Thanks! More about : safe defrag Toejam31 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. <A HREF="http://www.pcwebopaedia.com/DidYouKnow/Hardware_Softwar..." target="_new">What's Inside a Hard Drive?</A> <A HREF="http://www.yes-its-free.com/vbbs/showthread/t-45922.htm..." target="_new">What is Defragmenting?</A> <A HREF="http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?u..." target="_new">Microsoft on: Maintaining Windows 2000 Peak Performance Through Defragmentation</A> 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="http://www.executivesoftware.com/coverpage.asp" target="_new">Diskeeper</A> <A HREF="http://www.raxco.com/products/perfectdisk2k/" target="_new">PerfectDisk</A> <A HREF="http://www.oo-software.com/en/products/oodefragv4/index..." target="_new">O&O Defrag</A> ... to name three oft recommended products. Toey <A HREF="http://forums.btvillarin.com/index.php?act=ST&f=41&t=32..." target="_new"><font color=green>My System Rigs</font color=green></A> ___________________________________________ <A HREF="http://forums.btvillarin.com/" target="_new"><b><font color=purple>BTVILLARIN.com</font color=purple></b></A> - <i><font color=orange>Your Computer Questions Answered</font color=orange></i> jmecor 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. <i> "I'll Take A Quiet Life -Handshake to Carbon Monoxide- Th.Yo." </i> Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer Flinx 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. The loving are the daring! Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources Is it 'safe' to defrag under XP? Forum Problems with Error-Check, Defrag, and Safe Mode Forum SolvedIs defragging safe Forum Have recovery drive on hp windows xp, did clean up/defrag, etc to both drives, accidentally shut comp down without changing ba Forum XP won't defrag w/o 15% free space. Forum Solvedwill Windows XP be safe to use at financial sites in April Forum XP Home Defrag Prog gone Forum Windows XP very slow after running a long defrag!!! Forum Solvedhelp get me out of Safe Mode I have windows xp home edition Forum SolvedDesktop running XP just randomly stopped working wont boot or go into safe mode Forum XP defrag raid 0 slow Forum Solvedwhy doesn't my win xp computer not display " its now safe to switch of your computer like it was suppost to Forum Windows XP - MFT defrag Forum Defrag xp Forum Cannot defrag on XP on any drive, cannot run Scandisk Forum Defrag XP PRO Forum XP - Defrag - Scan Forum XP Home Defrag Prog gone Forum HELP! After defrag I boot get stuck at XP logo screen! Forum defrag in xp Forum More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !