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Briguy

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    I would like to download a free defrag program that will put all the data on the outer edge of the hard disk platter. Does anyone know of any?


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    Why must the data be on the outer edge of the platter?
    You can't fix Stupid!!!

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    Hi Briguy, you could try this http://www.iobit.com/. There is a 'Smart Defragger' on this page. Also the 'Advanced System Care' freeware is pretty interesting.

    Why must the data be on the outer edge of the platter?

    Data on the outside of the platter can be read first!
    11 cheers for binary !

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    Yeah I figured that but does it really make that big of a speed difference?
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    Hi Briguy, you could try this http://www.iobit.com/. There is a 'Smart Defragger' on this page.
    So, it will allow the user to specify where files are placed on the hard drive?

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    The performance gain is a myth...unless you are living your life in nanoseconds...

    And i agree with Soybean...i know of no defrag app that will do this.
       
     
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    I know a few programs that show you the distrubution of your files on the platter, but I have never seen a defragger that allows you to choose where to put them.

    Does it really matter?

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      Yes there are programs that do place data on the edge. I found one it's called Ultimate Defrag. In it you can do a recency defrag and put data on the edge based upon when it was last acessed or last modified or creation date.  It takes a long time. It does fragment the files up when it's moving them but don't worry about it, it does defrag them later.

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      There is an old IT proverb that says:
      "Don't move data if you don't have to."  :P

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      I found one it's called Ultimate Defrag.

      Nothing but Hype...... ::)
         
       
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        I found one it's called Ultimate Defrag.

        Nothing but Hype...... ::)

        Um, I do notice a difference.... It does seem to have better performance. And before you say it's hype have you tried the program? I have.

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        I tried it a year ago...on an IDE, SATA and SCSI drive.
           
         
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        www.defraggler.com FTW!!!!

        I never got the purpose of adding a process to gain performance. Doesn't one cancel out the other ??? Talking about iObit that is.

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        Are we talking about XP with NTFS?
        In general terms, the defrager in Windows XP can offer modest improvements in performance. Give Microsoft some credit. The have been working with the NTFS for some time now. If you are using NTFS, use degrag only when needed. If it says you don't need it, you don't need it. Do not store a lot of archive material on the partition that has your system and programs. Keep a lot of free space on it and XP using NTFS does a good job of keeping files well arranged.
        But if you really want to optimize, and if you are willing to take the time and run the modest risk, do this.
        1.) Backup all your stuff, in a format where you can see the files later.
        2. )Do a clean, full install of XP
        3. ) Install only the Apps that you need.
        4. ) Get your needed data from the backup set.

        The dubious advantage of this is that stuff is store where NTFS thinks it should go. And you clean out things you do not need. But it violates the principle I stated earlier about not moving data unless you have to.

        SO, if you want to do all that, why not add some better hardware while you are at it and justify the extra effort. Like get another HDD and go RAID 0 and get some performance you can brag about.



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          Ok. Is there a program that can make the data on the hard drive so that there is none or little free space between data files?