1.    10 Apr 2016 #1
    Join Date : Feb 2016
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    Win 10

    Is it better to do a DISK DEFRAG in safe mode?

    Or does it matter? Which do you think would be the most effective or take the shortest time?
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  2.    10 Apr 2016 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17046

    Hello Fidel,

    It really doesn't make any difference.
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  3.    10 Apr 2016 #3
    Join Date : Dec 2013
    Portsmouth Hampshire
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    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240

    My opinion is that if you need to do a full defrag, it is better (i.e more chance of defragmenting every single file), and faster, to do it at boot time, rather than when Windows is running. If you search "boot time defrag" a range of popular utilities that will fit the bill will show up. My personal favourite, because I have used it for years without any problems is Puran Defrag, which can also defrag selected single files on demand, and is free.
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  4.    11 Apr 2016 #4
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    Windows 10 Home x64

    Another vote for Puran Defrag, but be prepared to uncheck some checkboxes at installation. It will try to install some adware.
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  5.    11 Apr 2016 #5
    Join Date : Dec 2013
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    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240

    Good point eLPuSHeR! Same goes for most software from the net including Adobe and Oracle...
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  6.    11 Apr 2016 #6
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    Unless hdd is really full, defragging is hardly needed to be done these days. By default, W10 defrags weekly in background.
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  7.    11 Apr 2016 #7
    Join Date : Jul 2015
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

    Safe mode won't make a real difference. Defragging while not booted into the OS though might - the mentioned programs int his thread can do a pre-OS defrag.

    In the end though, defrag isn't as needed anymore. As also said in the thread, Windows will defrag automatically every week, plus every big file will be defragged the moment it gets saved or moved around (thanks Apple :P).
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