When Do I Defrag???

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Have a Dell OptiPlex GX60S Celeron, 128MB, 40GB.

Been cleaning system disk, deleting cookies and deleting the temp. files
weekly now and PC seems a little faster now. Should I be emptying the
Recycle Bin also (last done about 6 months ago)?

I have NEVER defragged and have had this PC for 1.5 years now (guess I
use PC about 10 hours a week). I do analyze after cleaning system and
it always says (No Need to Defrag) so I don't do it. Also, there are
not too many red lines in graph.

Should I defrag anyway? How long does it take to defrag and is it easy
to do? If it says not to defrag will it hurt my PC if I do defrag?
Thanks. Al
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  1. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    You haven't emptied the Recycle Bin in over 6 months?! Good grief! Yes, by
    all means, empty it now. And every couple of days from now on. And go get
    some more RAM. Like about 512 MB more, at least. A system running Windows
    XP with only 128 MB of RAM is going to be a pig. Dead slow, at best. Run
    defrag, it will take some time, but not forever.

    Disable any screen saver you may have as this will cause defrag to restart
    whenever it runs. You can enable your screensaver when you are done with
    the defrag. It's easy to do. Simply go to Start>All
    Programs>Accessories>System Tools>Disk Defragmenter. Your system will not
    be harmed by running the defragmentation tool. But absolutely go get some
    more RAM. Your system will be much faster for it.

    "A l" <silal56@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:23254-42C8984F-730@storefull-3356.bay.webtv.net...
    > Have a Dell OptiPlex GX60S Celeron, 128MB, 40GB.
    >
    > Been cleaning system disk, deleting cookies and deleting the temp. files
    > weekly now and PC seems a little faster now. Should I be emptying the
    > Recycle Bin also (last done about 6 months ago)?
    >
    > I have NEVER defragged and have had this PC for 1.5 years now (guess I
    > use PC about 10 hours a week). I do analyze after cleaning system and
    > it always says (No Need to Defrag) so I don't do it. Also, there are
    > not too many red lines in graph.
    >
    > Should I defrag anyway? How long does it take to defrag and is it easy
    > to do? If it says not to defrag will it hurt my PC if I do defrag?
    > Thanks. Al
    >
    >
  2. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    On Sun, 3 Jul 2005 22:00:47 -0400, silal56@hotmail.com (A l) wrote:

    >Been cleaning system disk, deleting cookies and deleting the temp. files
    >weekly now and PC seems a little faster now. Should I be emptying the
    >Recycle Bin also (last done about 6 months ago)?

    I empty mine whenever something is 'deleted'

    >I have NEVER defragged and have had this PC for 1.5 years now (guess I
    >use PC about 10 hours a week). I do analyze after cleaning system and
    >it always says (No Need to Defrag) so I don't do it. Also, there are
    >not too many red lines in graph.
    >
    >Should I defrag anyway? How long does it take to defrag and is it easy
    >to do? If it says not to defrag will it hurt my PC if I do defrag?
    >Thanks. Al

    Click start, RIGHT-CLICK my computer, select "manage" select "Disk
    Defragmenter" (towards the bottom of the list). Click analyze, and
    view details. If total fragmentation or file fragmentation is over
    5%, I usually recommend a defrag.

    I went to a call on friday for an 18-month old dimension 4600. The
    comptuer was 49% file fragmented, which is just nasty. A few weeks
    ago I also defragged a computer for a 4600c, and the customer called
    me back up wondering what I did to make the computer so much faster.

    I also perform BIOS upgrades when I can. You can go to dell.com,
    select home/home office link at lower-left, then pull-down "support",
    select downloads, select your model computer and select "FlashBIOS
    upgrades"

    Dan
  3. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    On Sun, 03 Jul 2005 23:32:29 -0400, Dan <jasdfosd@asjedfoi.com> wrote:

    .....

    >Click start, RIGHT-CLICK my computer, select "manage" select "Disk
    >Defragmenter" (towards the bottom of the list). Click analyze, and
    >view details. If total fragmentation or file fragmentation is over
    >5%, I usually recommend a defrag.

    ......

    Thanks for that info. I took an interesting trip through My Computer,
    Manage, etc. Stuff I didn't know was there.

    (I clicked START, but didn't find My Computer, so just RIGHT-CLICKED
    on the My Computer icon on desk top.)
  4. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    Defrag can be found by Right-Click Start> Programs> Acessories> System tools

    <Aspasia> wrote in message
    news:vjfhc1p680l5no6m60f7nk4muedns8gptq@4ax.com...
    > On Sun, 03 Jul 2005 23:32:29 -0400, Dan <jasdfosd@asjedfoi.com> wrote:
    >
    > ....
    >
    >>Click start, RIGHT-CLICK my computer, select "manage" select "Disk
    >>Defragmenter" (towards the bottom of the list). Click analyze, and
    >>view details. If total fragmentation or file fragmentation is over
    >>5%, I usually recommend a defrag.
    >
    > .....
    >
    > Thanks for that info. I took an interesting trip through My Computer,
    > Manage, etc. Stuff I didn't know was there.
    >
    > (I clicked START, but didn't find My Computer, so just RIGHT-CLICKED
    > on the My Computer icon on desk top.)
    >
    >
    >
    >
  5. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    > Should I defrag anyway? How long does it take to defrag and is it easy
    > to do? If it says not to defrag will it hurt my PC if I do defrag?
    > Thanks. Al

    Yes it's easy to do but to be perfectly honest, it'll not make much
    difference on an average home PC where there is still lots of disk space
    free.

    Some IT support people suggest it as a cure to all ailments :-)

    Rob.
  6. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    another note to that,....if you have GoBack on your system, disable it completely before doing a defrag, otherwise it will never start back up again right. GoBack is trying to keep working while defragging and it can't work correctly.
    --
    Cyndi
    "Kevin" <webman6@hotmail.com> wrote in message news:LI1ye.22$9C5.1299@news.uswest.net...
    > You haven't emptied the Recycle Bin in over 6 months?! Good grief! Yes, by
    > all means, empty it now. And every couple of days from now on. And go get
    > some more RAM. Like about 512 MB more, at least. A system running Windows
    > XP with only 128 MB of RAM is going to be a pig. Dead slow, at best. Run
    > defrag, it will take some time, but not forever.
    >
    > Disable any screen saver you may have as this will cause defrag to restart
    > whenever it runs. You can enable your screensaver when you are done with
    > the defrag. It's easy to do. Simply go to Start>All
    > Programs>Accessories>System Tools>Disk Defragmenter. Your system will not
    > be harmed by running the defragmentation tool. But absolutely go get some
    > more RAM. Your system will be much faster for it.
    >
    > "A l" <silal56@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:23254-42C8984F-730@storefull-3356.bay.webtv.net...
    > > Have a Dell OptiPlex GX60S Celeron, 128MB, 40GB.
    > >
    > > Been cleaning system disk, deleting cookies and deleting the temp. files
    > > weekly now and PC seems a little faster now. Should I be emptying the
    > > Recycle Bin also (last done about 6 months ago)?
    > >
    > > I have NEVER defragged and have had this PC for 1.5 years now (guess I
    > > use PC about 10 hours a week). I do analyze after cleaning system and
    > > it always says (No Need to Defrag) so I don't do it. Also, there are
    > > not too many red lines in graph.
    > >
    > > Should I defrag anyway? How long does it take to defrag and is it easy
    > > to do? If it says not to defrag will it hurt my PC if I do defrag?
    > > Thanks. Al
    > >
    > >
    >
    >
  7. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    Using Widows XP Pro and know I have Restore but not at all familiar with
    GoBack. Where would GoBack be if I had it and where do I go to disable
    it if I have it at all? Thanks. Al


    CYNDI WROTE:

    another note to that,....if you have GoBack on your system, disable it
    completely before doing a defrag, otherwise it will never start back up
    again right. GoBack is trying to keep working while defragging and it
    can't work correctly.
    --
    Cyndi
  8. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    A l wrote:
    >
    > Using Widows XP Pro and know I have Restore but not at all familiar with
    > GoBack. Where would GoBack be if I had it and where do I go to disable
    > it if I have it at all? Thanks. Al

    It's a Symantec (or Roxio) program... You *should* know if you've installed it,
    or not! <g>

    If you don't, or think your system might have come with it, preinstalled,
    have a look at your Programs (Start | Programs | ...).

    Notan
  9. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    > Some IT support people suggest it as a cure to all ailments :-)

    And funnily enough i`ve witnessed it work when one of the PCs in work was
    fubarred - Word was crashing constantly, and a defrag sorted it.

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  10. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    GoBack is a Roxio program and is a standalone product. I've had it on all my computers and love it. It's saved files that have been deleted and not able to be restored and a lot of other things.
    --
    Cyndi
    "A l" <silal56@hotmail.com> wrote in message news:28710-42C95D05-1005@storefull-3352.bay.webtv.net...
    > Using Widows XP Pro and know I have Restore but not at all familiar with
    > GoBack. Where would GoBack be if I had it and where do I go to disable
    > it if I have it at all? Thanks. Al
    >
    >
    > CYNDI WROTE:
    >
    > another note to that,....if you have GoBack on your system, disable it
    > completely before doing a defrag, otherwise it will never start back up
    > again right. GoBack is trying to keep working while defragging and it
    > can't work correctly.
    > --
    > Cyndi
    >
  11. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    Suggestion: Use scandisk BEFORE defrag. It willl 'sort' things out. Defrag puts in an orderly manner
    wherein it's quicker to access, however, if scandisk isn't used first to 'fix it' then all defrag does is order
    the fubarred stuff....best to always run scandisk BEFORE defragging.


    "Colin Wilson" <void@btinternet.com> wrote in message news:MPG.1d33a00e9299608798b211@news.individual.net...
    | > Some IT support people suggest it as a cure to all ailments :-)
    |
    | And funnily enough i`ve witnessed it work when one of the PCs in work was
    | fubarred - Word was crashing constantly, and a defrag sorted it.
    |
    | --
    | Please add "[newsgroup]" in the subject of any personal replies via email
    | --- My new email address has "ngspamtrap" & @btinternet.com in it ;-) ---
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