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.

Question-1
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
LVL 1
rwniceingAsked:
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
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.
0
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 ?
0
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Then clean up the HDD by deleting unnecessary data, then wipe the free space, align the partitions, defragment HDD and MFT.
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
Cloud Class® Course: SQL Server Core 2016

This course will introduce you to SQL Server Core 2016, as well as teach you about SSMS, data tools, installation, server configuration, using Management Studio, and writing and executing queries.

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 ?
0
JohnBusiness 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.
0
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 ?
0
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.
0
JohnBusiness 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.
0
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Tere is a tool which can tell you where most data is which uses your space: https://windirstat.info
0
rwniceingAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all of your reply,
0
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@rwniceing  - You are very welcome and I was happy to help.
0
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Storage Hardware

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.