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 FuerteAsked:
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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.
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Paul MacDonaldDirector, Information SystemsCommented:
You can use task scheduler to schedule the defrag to run when no one is using the computer.
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Wayne88Commented:
"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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nobusCommented:
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
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dbruntonCommented:
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  https://www.ccleaner.com/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
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Eduardo FuerteAuthor 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!
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thanks for the update. A badly fragmented disk is helped by defragmentation. Run it monthly to keep performance up
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Eduardo FuerteAuthor Commented:
@John
You're perfectly right.

It's a  500GB HD the technical details I could to obtain later to inform.
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Wayne88Commented:
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.
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nobusCommented:
exactly what i was thinking - check event viewer for defrag related problems
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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
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Wayne88Commented:
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.

https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/configure-disk-defragmenter-schedule-in-windows-vista/
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Eduardo FuerteAuthor Commented:
Hi for all

Some details about  Defraggler

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Gerald ConnollyCommented:
So that’s looks ok
Time to award points
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Eduardo FuerteAuthor Commented:
Thank you for all the assistance!!!
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You are very welcome
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Wayne88Commented:
Glad to help, cheers!
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