Disk Fragmenter

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by likelylad650, Apr 3, 2007.

  1. likelylad650

    likelylad650 Guest

    Hi Can anyone out there please tell me how I can check on the progress once
    I start a Disk Fragmenter task. With XP I could analize and decide if I
    needed to run the task and then on screen you had a visual of the progress.
    With vista all you get is that it is running and could take from minutes to
    hours. I cannot find out how the task is progressing. Please ,Please help me.
    I cannot find the answer on the site
     
    likelylad650, Apr 3, 2007
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    Pulse Guest

    I use the free Auslogic defrag tool. It seems to work and is free, probably
    some will say that it's useless like CCleaner which I also like!

    P
     
    Pulse, Apr 3, 2007
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  3. The option to 'see' what disk defragmenter is doing has been removed.
    Microsoft didn't think it was necessary for the user to be stuck in front of
    the screen watching coloured strips moving back and forth as the
    defragmentation proceeded.

    You could use the command prompt to defragment the drive. This will tell you
    what percentage of the drive is fragmented, but it is still extremely slow.
    You also need to use the command prompt in 'elevated' mode (click start>all
    programs>accessories. Right click command prompt and, from the drop down
    menu, click 'run as administrator')

    I'm not sure about the defragmenter that Pulse recommends, mainly because i
    have never used it. An excellent thrid party defragmenter (not free,
    unfortunately) is PerfectDisk. This is the defragmenter that I constantly
    use and, at least, with perfectDisk, you can 'analyse' the disk prior to
    defragmenting.

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    John Barnett MVP, Apr 3, 2007
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  4. Pulse, CCleaner is far from useless, i for one use it regularly and
    recommend it, too. A lot of people complain about the so called 'damage'
    that may be done when using CCleaner's 'Issues' option. Unlike a lot of
    registry cleaners at least CCleaner does prompt you for a backup prior to
    removing any registry entries. Having said that the Issues option of
    CCleaner is one part that isn't all that good. As for the rest of CCleaner
    i'm with you, I like it and think its great!

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    John Barnett MVP, Apr 3, 2007
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  5. likelylad650

    Abe Guest

    Hi Can anyone out there please tell me how I can check on the progress once
    Windows has a built-in disk FRAGMENTER?
     
    Abe, Apr 3, 2007
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  6. likelylad650

    vanilla Guest

    It seems like Microsoft made a strong "slash and burn" effort to remove
    unnecessary code from Vista. Perhaps, at 55+ million lines of code, this was
    a good thing. I, too, miss the ability to watch the graphical display in
    disk defragmenter. I would only watch for a few minutes, then minimize, then
    come back later to see how things were going. In an instant, you could see
    how far along the run was and estimate how much longer you had until it was
    finished.

    Perhaps this code (and Contacts back in the bottom of the left pane in
    WinMail) would be good to have in a future version of Vista PowerToys (g).
    Thanks for definitely stating that the code has been removed. Now we know.

    .... vanilla ...
     
    vanilla, Apr 3, 2007
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  7. HaHaHa, I'm sure she means DeFragmenter.


     
    JerryM \(ID\), Apr 3, 2007
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  8. likelylad650

    vanilla Guest

    There was no reason to correct the original post. Minor typos and misnomers
    are irrelevant when context supplies the correct understanding. Curiously,
    my post and the post to which I replied were snipped from your reply ... and
    you did it so quickly ...
     
    vanilla, Apr 3, 2007
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  9. likelylad650

    Abe Guest

    HaHaHa, I'm sure she means DeFragmenter.
    Lighten up, it was a joke.
     
    Abe, Apr 3, 2007
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  10. Best thing you can do is stop worrying about defragging. Just let Vista do
    its thing once per week and it'll be fine.

    Steve
     
    Steve Thackery, Apr 3, 2007
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  11. likelylad650

    Drew Guest

    I personally use Diskeeper2007..I have been a diskeeper user for at least
    6yrs and have never had a problem...Very fast and very detailed...Please
    check out Diskeeper.com and download the free trial of the home version..By
    the way even Microsoft recommends it.........All the best...
     
    Drew, Apr 3, 2007
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  12. likelylad650

    Rock Guest


    That's not why it was removed. There was a long thread in one of the Vista
    newsgroups discussing this issue and the reasons why. One reason was that
    the graphical display in XP was very inaccurate to begin with so no reason
    to have it.
     
    Rock, Apr 4, 2007
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  13. likelylad650

    Rock Guest

    The graphical display was removed because there was no point to it. It was
    inaccurate. Vista is set up for the defragmenter to run at night when the
    computer is likely to not be in use. Don't worry about it. Let it do it's
    automatic defragmenting at an off time. Spend your time using the computer
    for other things.

    If you really must see a graphical interface and watch blocks jiggle and
    move, then get one of the third party tools such as PerfectDisk or
    Diskeeper. But frankly it's just the same as throwing your money away.
     
    Rock, Apr 4, 2007
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  14. likelylad650

    vanilla Guest

    Thanks, Rock ... I know this is probably very unusual, but I very rarely
    leave my machine turned on when I am not actively using it, so I usually
    start the defragmenter manually, and only after I have moved a lot of files
    around for better organization or brought back stuff offloaded to CD
    previously, installed a bunch of stuff, etc. Solution for me is to
    disconnect the ethernet, set it to run and lock it up if I can't be in the
    house.
     
    vanilla, Apr 6, 2007
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  15. likelylad650

    Rock Guest

    Sometimes it's a good idea to look at adapting to fit a situation. Leave it
    on overnight one night a week for example or start it, then turn it off when
    you go to bed, and it will pick up where it left off the next time it's
    turned on, while you're doing something else around the house Of course it
    can be running in the background while you're using the computer for other
    things. It runs at a low priority so as not to interfere with other
    operations. You just don't see the graphical (and essentially misleading
    and useless) display of it's progress.

    If you want to through away some money to see a graphical view, then go
    ahead.
     
    Rock, Apr 7, 2007
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