Re: Defragging in XP
by John Robie - 9/20/04 7:45 PM
In Reply to: Defragging in XP by 5dukesnnc
Ah, well you remember defrag in Win98. The majority of the problem then was task/programs running in the background. If you had problems then you needed to temp disable those tasks running by doing the 3 finger salute (Ctrl-Alt-Delete) doing it to each line item except Explorer and System Tray. Other things then affecting defrag was "Find Fast", and not temporarily disabling Screensaver, your anti-virus program, CallWave, etc.. A small program called EnditAll # 1 was good to use for fast temporarily closing down stuff without going to all that 3 finger line by line deletion. EnditAll #1 is still good to use with WinXP in helping to close down some tasks. Course most people recommended to newbies to just defrag in 'Safe' mode.
Yes, as Papa Echo indicates, a Scan Disk should be done before Defrag. Course in my WinXP it is called "Error-checking" which is the same as Scan Disk, Check Disk, or when using Norton's Systems Works in Utilities it is called "Disk Doctor. They all do the same...scan the disk. I use the Norton Systems Works for Defrag and it is called "Speed Disk". When clicking to start the defrag a pop up ask you to run Disk Doctor (scan disk) before defrag and gives a button to select or pass.
So, you want a good smooth defrag without problems and that depends on how much trouble you really want to go to ensure. I took my cue from hard core gamers years ago when I was running my games on Win98se and WinMe. Yes, at 72 yrs old, I'm still a gamer at heart and ran into another 72 yr old gal here in WinXP who is also a gamer.
First off gamers require error free computers in top condition and will go to extremes that a normal PC user would not do, like for game installing....get off the internet, scan disk & defrag before downloading a game, reboot, get on the internet, download the game, get off the internet, reboot, temp close everything, install, then defrag and reboot again which will reinstate most temp closed tasks/programs. Course' a few steps are eliminated when installing a CD game. Whenever they play a game off line everything is closed down (including Firewall/Anti-Virus) to help eliminate a potential glitch.
Back to normal PC users. The 1st thing I would suggest before defrag with WinXP is to have your PC in good shape like 'gamers':
Have your "Services" been configured? Black Viper has good suggestions. Some things can also be closed down in MSCONFIG.
Have you cleaned out your PC of Temp Files and "junk". Mod Grif Thomas over in the Computer Newbies forum has good procedures on this...see his "A Few 'Tips' For Computer Newbies" which is a bump post.
Obtain updates on your Anti-Virus programs and SpyWare Programs then run a check. Mod Bob Proffitt has a post in the Virus & Security forum...look for the "Anti-Parasite Suite" post that has a padlock on it.
Go to "Disk Cleanup" and run it after ensuring you have a check mark in Temp Internet Files, Recycle Bin, and Temp Files.
Go to and run "Error checking" (scan disk).
Temporarily close down as much tasks/programs running as you feel comfortable with (like with the closing of them in Win98). Enditall #1 can help. Be sure you are off the internet when closing down your Anti-Virus and Firewall.
Run defrag. When finished, reboot.
Ok, I may have missed something, but someone I hope will add.
And, yes some will say I don't do any of that stuff and have a good PC with no problem on defrag.....Ah! Did they have any problem with SP2 ?
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