Windows 7 forum: Today's new PCs, to defrag the hard drive or not?

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) September 2, 2011 1:25 PM PDT

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Today's new PCs, to defrag the hard drive or not?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 9/2/11 1:25 PM

Question: Today's new PCs, to defrag the hard drive or not?

I finally settled down and bought myself a new Windows 7 machine and
retired my old XP machine and I just love it. As part of a routine
system maintenance, one of the things that I've always done on my
Windows XP machine was to regularly run defrags on my hard drives. Now
the question I have for you and I don't know if you can give me a
definitive answer: Is defragging still necessary for newer
operating systems like mine? And does it help and how so? I have read
and heard mixed opinions. Some say it's not necessary and some say
it's an absolute must to help make the machine run faster. I figure
since Windows 7 has come a long way since XP, you would think the
technology would be smart enough to do this task regularly on its own
without me having to run or schedule it, but the option to defragment
the hard drives is still available! I'm confused and am asking
for your tech gurus for some thoughts on this. I hope the advice I
receive will give me some closure to this quite controversial subject,
once and for all. Thanks in advance.

--Submitted by: Jackson W.

If you have any additional advice for Jackson, click the "reply" link below and submit away. While this topic can be highly debatable, please respect each other opinions and keep the conversation on topic and civil. Thanks!

Here are some member answers to get you started, but
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DEFRAG OR NOT WINDOWS 7 --Submitted by: GEO2003
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-19411_102-5196894.html

It Depends --Submitted by: High Desert Charlie
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-19411_102-5196889.html

Certainly keep defragging --Submitted by: darrenforster99
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-19411_102-5199010.html

Hope this answers your question. --Submitted by: grungysquash1
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-19411_102-5197013.html

Windows 7 defrag yes or no --Submitted by: mal_aus
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-19411_102-5196863.html

Thanks to all who contributed!

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