Could you point the better strategy to defragment a HD that runs Win7 without to reformat it?

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Could you point the better strategy to defragment a HD that runs Win7 without to reformat it?

A HD fragmentation I guess is making the operation of a PC  very slow .

Is it possible to do that without to reformat the HD?

Thanks in advance!
Eduardo FuerteDeveloper and AnalystAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Windows 7 has a built in defragment application that works fine. Administrative Tools.

Perfect Disk (Raxco) is a fast and excellent defragment application. I use this myself.
Paul MacDonaldDirector, Information SystemsCommented:
You can use task scheduler to schedule the defrag to run when no one is using the computer.
"Is it possible to do that without to reformat the HD?"

You don't need to reformat to defrag the HD.

"Could you point the better strategy to defragment a HD that runs Win7 without to reformat it?"

You shouldn't need to because W7 will defrag itself by default.  There is a schedule set already out of the box.

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i don't believe defragging will help - at least it's been years i saw a pc speeding up by that
post more info : what system model or mobo model is this? + Ram, CPU disk drives and attached devices
you can try these :
test if it runs better in safe mode
disconnect all devices - except C: drive for testing
look for errors in device manager, and event viewer
and - if the problem is recent  - asystem restore helps you quickly
dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.Commented:
If it is an SSD (which is possible) you don't defrag.   In this case you have other problems (such as faulty SSD, malware on system, etc)

For defragging get Defraggler  The free version is all you need.

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Gerald ConnollyCommented:
So do you have a HDD or a SSD as a system disk?
When is your PC slow?  all the time or just for the first 10 minutes after boot?
Please post screenshot of the general tab from Resource Monitor
Eduardo FuerteDeveloper and AnalystAuthor Commented:
Hi for all

Thank you for the replies and sorry for the delay.

I use Win7 defrag and after 11 steps ! had defragmented the HD, at about 24 hrs job.

Then I simply installed CCleaner to check the results, it points a remaining 8% o fragmentation.

I started and It worked for at about 12 hs more (at first I figured it would not be too long...)

And it concluded the job, remaining 3% of fragmentation.

But , now the PC speed ups a lot, it was very rewarding!
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thanks for the update. A badly fragmented disk is helped by defragmentation. Run it monthly to keep performance up
Eduardo FuerteDeveloper and AnalystAuthor Commented:
You're perfectly right.

It's a  500GB HD the technical details I could to obtain later to inform.
You shouldn't need to run it the defrag job manually monthly.  Windows 7 already have an automated defrag task by default - out of the box.  It is more important to find out why the default defrag task wasn't running or completing in the first place.
exactly what i was thinking - check event viewer for defrag related problems
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I have a Windows 7 VM and defrag does not run automatically. Otherwise all is well so I did not see any sign of it trying to start
If the default settings weren't changed it should run once a week.  No ifs or buts unless if there is something wrong with your W7 then you should diagnose.
Eduardo FuerteDeveloper and AnalystAuthor Commented:
Hi for all

Some details about  Defraggler

Gerald ConnollyCommented:
So that’s looks ok
Time to award points
Eduardo FuerteDeveloper and AnalystAuthor Commented:
Thank you for all the assistance!!!
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You are very welcome
Glad to help, cheers!
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