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can defrag tool in w2k or xp be used to defrag ntfs file system in nt4 without creating damage to the data?
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It should be able to defrag any version of NTFS and any version of FAT without damaging the data.

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yes you can defrag ntfs file system in NT4...

but I would suggest you to do it locally at the NT4 system... and better to make it as no ppl connect it cuz it is not efficient if ppl are working anything related to that NT4 system... since defragement is based of the DATA on the HD, if it keeps changing, then defragment time will be longer

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ID: 8107408
Win2k/xp defrag is a derivitave of "Diskeeper" which (since there was no defrag tool in NT)is the product i used for years in NT. No troubles at all so as long as you add the disk to win2k and don't change it from a basic disk will work fine using its defrag tool.

You may like to lookup Diskeeper lite for a tool they provide that was a freebie degraded version of thier product. It worked well for NT.


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ID: 8109295
I'm also using diskeeper and it works great and it's a lot faster then the defrag utility in Windows.

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ID: 8111395
b4 u do defrag...

do a disk clean up or delete caches, temp folder, etc.

which will save u (a bit) more time and space

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gshayes earned 80 total points
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"can defrag tool in w2k or xp be used to defrag ntfs file system in nt4 without creating damage to the data?"

No, the Windows 2000 and Windows XP built-in defragmenter are specifically designed to work with the version of Microsoft's defrag APIs that are provided in each operating system.

You should defrag your NT4 partitions with a defragmenter that is designed of NT4.

"No troubles at all so as long as you add the disk to win2k and don't change it from a basic disk will work fine using its defrag tool."

As soon as you add a NT4 formatted NTFS drive to a Windows 2000 or Windows XP system, the partition is immediately converted to the version of the file system supported in that operating system.  When you take that drive back to a NT4 operating system, certain tools (CHKDSK) will NOT LONGER work on that drive under NT4.

- Greg/Raxco Software
Microsoft MVP - Windows Storage Management/File System

Disclaimer:  I work for Raxco Software, the maker of PerfectDisk - a commercial defrag utility, as a systems engineer in the support department.


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