Does defrag actually defrag

  Switcher 12:39 03 Sep 2003

A recent response to a question on defragging
suggested that defragging did not actually defrag the files but only the hard drive - is this true ? I always thought that defragging actually reconstituted each fragmented file and placed it in a contiguous order.

  Jester2K II 12:43 03 Sep 2003

Defrag defrags the files. Some defrags have a Quick Mode thats simply defrags the hard drive by moving data about quickly to fill gaps but all defragers defrag the files into contiguous files in Normal operation.

  canard 14:20 03 Sep 2003

Was reading that the swap file needs a separate defrag.Grateful for any info.

  mosfet 17:34 03 Sep 2003

I read same, it seemed to speed things up.
Went into System Properties..performance..Vertual Memory..clk to set
Plus entered 1.5x Ram in both boxes.
As advised on this geat forum.

  mosfet 17:35 03 Sep 2003


  canard 17:38 03 Sep 2003

Thanks Les2 and will try to get brave enough to ignore the dire warning and have a go. Oddly I've got 3xRam in both boxes also as advised by this great forum!

  Switcher 00:36 04 Sep 2003


Thanks - confirms my understanding.


Yes if you disable the swap file quit windows and restart you will start with a fresh swap file which does not need defragged.

However is that not what you get anyway if you let windows manage your swap file.

  Jester2K II 00:38 04 Sep 2003

If you want to defrag the swap (page) file in Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000 and Windows XP PageDefrag is free.

click here

Click, reboot, done...

  Jester2K II 00:40 04 Sep 2003

Also defrags the registry too...

  Switcher 00:58 04 Sep 2003

What about us WIN98se users ?

  wawadave 06:50 04 Sep 2003

notron has a good defrag that i use it defrags swap file

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