Safe to defrag with XP??

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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  1. 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_Software/2002/InsideHardDrive.asp" target="_new">What's Inside a Hard Drive?</A>

    <A HREF="http://www.yes-its-free.com/vbbs/showthread/t-45922.html" target="_new">What is Defragmenting?</A>

    <A HREF="http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?url=/TechNet/prodtechnol/windows2000serv/maintain/optimize/w2kexec.asp" 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.html" target="_new">O&O Defrag</A>

    ... to name three oft recommended products.

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

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  3. 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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