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disk space re-packed on window 7

Dear Experts,

In the past, for example on XP , we could re-pack the hard-disk space in order
to let the hard-disk work more efficiency and speed up computer performance.
for example like this  hard-disk map with sector or cluster, where U= used ; # =space

UU#UU##UU###
UUUUU######UUU##

After re-pack
UUUUUUUUUUUUUU
###################

I don't know the exact terminology of "re-packed", it seems refragement  something like that.

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Could we do the re-pack hard-disk on window 7 by some third-party software hard-disk management tools ? Or Window 7 has such tools ? Or window 7 will automatically take it care ?

Question-2
Is the re-pack hard-disk space improving computer performance on WIndow 7 (or XP in the past) ?
Why it will improve ?

Please advise

Rwniceing
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noxchoCommented:
As re-pack you seemingly mean align the sectors to the proper physical sectors.
http://www.paragon-software.com/home/partition-alignment/
Look what it does. As for the Windows 7 if it is a new installation of Windows then the partitions are aligned already. To speed up the system responsiveness you can compact MFT and use bigger cluster size.
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rwniceingAuthor Commented:
No ,it was installed a few year ago. My hard-disk is almost 80% in use

To speed up the system responsiveness you can compact MFT and use bigger cluster size

Could you explain it more ?
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noxchoCommented:
Then clean up the HDD by deleting unnecessary data, then wipe the free space, align the partitions, defragment HDD and MFT.
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rwniceingAuthor Commented:
in other words, I could do it on window 7 tooks and no need to buy the third-party tools, Right ? If so,
how to do it from window 7 tools ?
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You can look through c:\users\username\appdata\local\temp and delete temporary files. (check the folder on your machine for the exact location).

Then run Disk Cleanup to remove temporary files everywhere (this might take a while if you have never run it). Then run Disk Defrag to organize the drive. Both are Windows tools. Look in accessories, system tools for these.
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rwniceingAuthor Commented:
John, thanks for your good reminder, as I know there is huge used disk space at c:\users\username\appdata\local\temp.

The temp directory space is using swap memory, right ? so it access faster than normal file on other directories Right ?
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rindiCommented:
Defragmenting is usually turned on and scheduled to run on Wednesdays at 01:00 by default in Windows 7, so you don't have to do it manually.

You can check it via right clicking "Computer", select "Manage", "Disk Management", then right clicking on the disk's Partitions and again select "Properties", the "Tools" tab, "Defragment now...", and there you can do it manually or change the settings.

But, if your PC uses an SSD instead of a conventional spinning HD, DON'T defrag (also that should be automatic, if the OS recognizes an SSD is being used, it should have turned that off automatically). SSD should never be defraged, as that reduces it's life-span.
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The temp directory I pointed to is NOT using swap space - Just temporary files, the majority of which can be deleted.

Swap space is in System Volume Information. Do not try to manage this - it will manage itself. Likewise with WinSXS - let it manage itself.
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noxchoCommented:
Tere is a tool which can tell you where most data is which uses your space: https://windirstat.info
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rwniceingAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all of your reply,
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@rwniceing  - You are very welcome and I was happy to help.
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