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Aesthetic_Mess's avatar

How often should you defragment a computer?

Asked by Aesthetic_Mess (7887points) October 9th, 2010

A laptop to be more specific.

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john65pennington's avatar

Defender Pro-15 Anti Viruse recommends once a week. i rarely do this, except once every two weeks. it takes forever and i usually let it run overnight.

Brian1946's avatar

I don’t have a laptop, but I haven’t defragged my desktop since I got it almost 8 years ago, and it still doesn’t need it.

You might have to defrag if some of your files get infected and have to be quarantined, because then you might lose contiguity with your memory and usage areas.

Vortico's avatar

This depends on the OS (Windows, Mac, Linux), the filesystem (NTFS, FAT32, Mac OS Extended, ext3), the size of your hard drive, the free space on the hard drive, and the laptop’s usual purpose.

If your laptop runs Mac or Linux, you will never have to defragment your hard drive. This is only useful on Windows NTFS and FAT32 filesystems. In addition, if your drive has over 50% free space, I wouldn’t worry too much about it. You shouldn’t see a performance gain unless you’re low in free space in the first place.

The computer’s usual application is important as well. If you use it for web browsing 95% of the time, it’ll be a waste of time. Gaming, maybe. Video editing, definitely.

anartist's avatar

when you don’t like the way it runs. if that doesn’t work, optimize.

Zyx's avatar

Constantly, use Ashampoo Magical Defrag to defrag anything in the background, at any time you’re not doing anything else.

That way everything will be defragmented and you don’t have to worry about it anymore.

Aesthetic_Mess's avatar

@Zyx What about Auslogics? That’s what I was reading in Windows magazine, that Auslogics works too

Zyx's avatar

@Aesthetic_Mess From what I can find online the Auslogics speed program does more than just defragment but I didn’t see if it works automatically like AMD which is why I use it.

But if you’re asking if it defragments: apparantly so.

anartist's avatar

I use Auslogics defrag and I trust it. Auslogics has several free components as well as paid software.
The free auslogics registry cleaner is also good, if you feel confident working in your registry.
Always save a recover setpoint before you muck around!

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