The windows de-frag took 4 hours and according to PC Pitstop it was 58% fragmented before de-frag and 36% after, not very good for 4 hours work. So I'm after a program that'll be a lot quicker and much more effecient. PC Pitstop also mentioned enabling DMA mode but I get a warning if I try and enable it, any thoughts ? Thanks TR
Are you sure you haven't got a screensaver running?
The fact that your drive was so defragmented appears to indicate you don't defrag on a regular basis - the worse I have ever had on a 20GB drive was about 94 per cent and that was after several weeks' use.
I wouldn't have thought that using other than the inhuilt Windows defrag would make much difference in the speed or efficiency.
Re using defrag whilst surfing - the program will not be able to defrag properly and it's best to let it get on with its job alone; same if programs are left open rather than closing everything possible down.
I find that moving the mouse slightly every 10-15 minutes, depending on how long your screensaver is set to kick in, ensures the minimum time for a defrag.