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Do You Defrag Your Computer?

A recent study showed that 42 percent of PC users neglect to defragment their computers. Vizu, the company that administered the poll, reminds us that failure to conduct routine computer maintenance can adversely affect system performance for both home and enterprise users, slowing operations such as bootup, file retrieval, Web browsing, backups, and anti-virus and spyware scans as well as contributing to system crashes. What worries me, is the fact that nearly 16 percent of those who answered the poll said they had "no idea" what disk defragmentation is, while more than 26 precent said they never defrag their machines.

For the record, defragmentation is a process that reduces the amount of fragmentation in file systems. Your Windows computer comes with a program that will defragment your hard disk and reunites all the broken data into large blocks. Gathering all the free space on the hard disk into one block makes data retrieval faster and easier for the computer. For help defragging your computer check out the Microsoft guide.

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MuffinGal MuffinGal 9 years
My laptop reminds me but I have been trying to get into the habit of defraging my desktop every month.
kickinthecherries kickinthecherries 9 years
I do on my desktop, and my laptop does it automatically. I'll do it manually on occasion there as well.
asmariamoon asmariamoon 9 years
I usually do, but I haven't in a long while, so while I'm making this post, I'm also defragging my hard drive in the background. Thanks for the reminder.
sparklestar sparklestar 9 years
I use a Mac. What? =) I run Yasu periodically, and use Disk Utility to repair my permissions.
Lyv Lyv 9 years
People still do that?
lostbronte lostbronte 9 years
Ha, I have an Apple; defrags aren't necessary because the OS actually installs things in an intelligent manner. Ha ha ha ha (sorry, the smug Apple user in me got out of control for a second).
Imhotep Imhotep 9 years
Ha I don't have to remember to defrag. I use Diskeeper Pro, and it defrags automatically for me in the background when fragmentation becomes an issue. I don't have to do anything. Diskeeper is cool!
steen steen 9 years
I try to remember to do it somewhat regularly --- usually when I back up my photos and music to my external --- but I'm shamefully neglectful!
redsugar redsugar 9 years
Where is the "No, I have a Mac" choice?
cassedy04 cassedy04 9 years
i've been thinking about doing it for a few weeks now and always seem to forget when i'm around the computer. i'll have to do it tonight - thanks for the reminder :)
Neuroticone Neuroticone 9 years
Did mine a couple of months ago. Thanks for the reminder. I will have to do it today.
xanz xanz 9 years
Windows users are not immune to this disease of the HDD, an average file size is so huge nowadays that after a couple of downloading sessions, one ends up wondering "why is my system so slow and why does it hang when i open this program?" Fragmentation has to be keot under check on a regular basis, though the frequency will depend on individual usage patterns.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
nope - not since i bought a mac 6 years ago.
Linux-Traveler Linux-Traveler 9 years
As macgirl and macsugar said: defrag is good for your hard drive life. Windows is bad for you and your computer. ;)
piesecki piesecki 9 years
I do normally, honest - it's just that my harddrive is full up at the moment - and the defrag won't run without at least 15% space left. Methinks as soon as I can bear it I'm going to have to go on a deleting spree - or give in and buy an external harddrive!
magalaya magalaya 9 years
Actually, nevermind I just figured it out. Heehee.
magalaya magalaya 9 years
Can anyone let me know how to defrag my computer - I just got a new one, it's Windows Vista and I still have to learn how to do the basics. Does anyone have a link or something from that Microsoft site, cause I tried searching for it and I couldn't find it :X
tooq2love tooq2love 9 years
doing it now! :oops:
c0rkie c0rkie 9 years
i should do this more on a reg basis
macsugar macsugar 9 years
lol macgirl...i came hear just to see what folks said about defragging (sounds kinda naughty) a mac!
Three-Eyed-Fish Three-Eyed-Fish 9 years
I remember how I used to only defrag my computer when I remembered, which was about every 6 months. Now I do it weekly and it helps my old computer bunches!
kelsey6 kelsey6 9 years
Well, I certainly will now!
CelestiaLuv CelestiaLuv 9 years
My hands raised, shini.
LuciLu LuciLu 9 years
yupp, every month or 2
Leopardcc Leopardcc 9 years
Yep, I defrag often. Or at least analyze to see if I need to defrag.
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