Does defrag actually defrag

  [DELETED] 12:39 03 Sep 2003
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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.

  [DELETED] 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.

  [DELETED] 14:20 03 Sep 2003

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

  [DELETED] 17:34 03 Sep 2003

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

  [DELETED] 17:35 03 Sep 2003

great

  [DELETED] 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!

  [DELETED] 00:36 04 Sep 2003

Jester

Thanks - confirms my understanding.

Les

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.

  [DELETED] 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...

  [DELETED] 00:40 04 Sep 2003

Also defrags the registry too...

  [DELETED] 00:58 04 Sep 2003

What about us WIN98se users ?

  [DELETED] 06:50 04 Sep 2003

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

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