Windows 10: Hard Drive 55% fragmented. Problem? Solved

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  1.    22 Sep 2016 #11

    Yes, regular Defrag does require some free space too and so all other programs.
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  2.    22 Sep 2016 #12

    Hi there

    In nearly 25 years of using Windows I can honestly say I've NEVER found ANY SIGNIFICANT improvement with defragging HDD's.

    However if you really insist --the BEST way of achieving a better result is to use MACRIUM to IMAGE your HDD, then delete / reformat the HDD and then restore the image. (Note --don't CLONE the HDD but IMAGE it). - Don't forget the system partition too when imaging the HDD.

    This whole process will run a LOT faster than slow useless defragging processes and you will have a backup too !!!!!.

    Free Macrium is probably used by about 60 - 70% of people on this forum who SENSIBLY take regular backups.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  3.    22 Sep 2016 #13

    CountMike said: View Post
    Is that a partition with a letter, ie, C: or D: ?
    Windows 10 Pro installed on C. Standard HP partitions ie, HP tools and recovery. Updated to 10586, Updated to 1511 and now running 1607. He needs a clean install.
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  4.    22 Sep 2016 #14

    jimbo45 said: View Post
    Hi there

    In nearly 25 years of using Windows I can honestly say I've NEVER found ANY SIGNIFICANT improvement with defragging HDD's.

    However if you really insist --the BEST way of achieving a better result is to use MACRIUM to IMAGE your HDD, then delete / reformat the HDD and then restore the image. (Note --don't CLONE the HDD but IMAGE it). - Don't forget the system partition too when imaging the HDD.

    This whole process will run a LOT faster than slow useless defragging processes and you will have a backup too !!!!!.

    Free Macrium is probably used by about 60 - 70% of people on this forum who SENSIBLY take regular backups.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    Right, that's how I feel about it too. One thing though, ever since W7 sp1 fragmentation of disks is very low, couple of percent maybe. I had 2 HDDs ever since than until I had to change them few month ago and they had 1 or 2% of fragmentation but I also had few HDDs coming from some other computers and were heavily fragged, practically 90% (don't know why or how) and good defragging with optimization helped them a lot. They were clanging and buzzing like crazy before defragging them. Did I mention that auto defrag is turned off ?
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  5.    22 Sep 2016 #15

    Good point, Jimbo and CountMIke! I also know some people who prefer to wipe a heavily fragmented disk and restore from a (non-image) backup because they observe that it lays all files out on disk sequentially (or least, as sequentially as running an OS, a file system, and all the background tasks will allow) as the restore proceeds.
    --Ed--
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  6.    22 Sep 2016 #16

    Hard drive now 11% fragmented. He will do a clean install when personal files are moved.
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