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Solved Safe/Reliable defragging Software.

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Wendy

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I always get nervous about defragging my computer. I know it's probably not sensible but I get nervous about the files getting taken apart and put back together. (I always do a full backup first just in case.) I was going to download the current version of "Defraggler" but I thought I would ask if anyone had issues with it or was happy with it or has a different (safer? better?) one to recommend.
 

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Windows 7 and above defrags once a week in the background. I haven't needed any defragging software for a few years.

Analyze your drives and I think you'll see that defragging is not needed.

Here's a screenshot from my workhorse - desktop computer. Windows_defrag.jpg
 

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Thanks for the replies. I'm running Windows 7. I'll do the analyze first and see what it shows.
 

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Wendy, as we are unaware of your hardware, DO NOT defrag a SSD drive if you are using one. Mechanical hard drives are fine to defrag but only do it at a time to suit you. Scheduling regular often defragmentation can cause unnecessary wear for no good reason.
 

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I don't have SSD disks. I want to defrag my regular disk because things seem to be starting and running a little slower.
 

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You should be happy with defraggler, if you go HERE you can choose a normal installer version, or portable version meaning there is no install required. Let us know if you consider this issue solved?
 
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I did the defraggler analyze and it shows 1% fragmented. It seems to be mostly files and not programs so I guess it doesn't warrant running it. But when I installed it it said it was deleting Windows disk defragmenter (at least I think that's what it said). Does that mean it deleted the Windows 7 defragging that plodr said runs in the background?
 

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the only thing DF deletes is Restore Points.
Wendy, what you are referring to is when you installed DF it asks do you want it (DF) to take over from the inbuilt Windows defrag program.
all you have done is made DF the default and it has turned off any inbuilt Microsoft defragging. the MS program is still there.
 
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Wendy

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Thank you Bruce. I thought I messed something up so thanks for making me feel better.
 

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It's not only defraggler that deletes restore points but most 3rd party defrag apps commonly do this on Windows Vista and 7. If you are concerned you can always manually create a restore point after running a defrag.

Do you consider this issue solved?
 
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