Hi, quick question. Not to sound naive, but I need to know about the "disk defragmenter" and "disk cleanup" functionalities on Windows XP. I do not know what they are, nor do I know what they are meant to do. I just need some help on them, since I have heard it said that they can increase performance and hard disk space.
It's sort of an urgent matter, since I use my computer for many non-entertainment related things that still use up plenty of memory. If this reading is correct, I've got 1.5 GB left on my 179 GB hard drive. A separate hard drive is nowhere near in the future, so I would like some help on this ASAP.
It may be just an issue of many small files adding up to one big capacity issue--who knows how many unused tiny files I've got that are unnecessarily using up memory. At this moment I need some suggestions on the most efficient way to identify unnecessary files so I can delete them, or have certain files that are unknown to me deleted automatically. Along with that, my computer can always use a performance boost.
Any help is welcome. I hope there's someone on this forum that help me with this silly question. ;)
Disk Defragmentor rearranges stuff on your disk. When you constantly add and delete stuff on your computer, crap ends up scattered all over the place on the disk, and as such all the bits of information take a slight bit longer to read, and if the disk is doing this hundreds of times a second, it adds up to slower performance. Defragmentation organises data so it's esier for your disk to find. You should set up auto-defragmentation cycles to keep your harddrive running like it should, probably about once a week (though I have mine set every day). The XP Defragmenter is pretty crap though from what I remember, and unfortunately I don't know any good ones, though I'm sure someone here does.
Disk Cleanup just removes all those useless system files, or whatever other junk is left lying around from using the Internet or installing something, etc. That's more a space saver than anything. Also, if you want to get extra space on your harddrive, you can delete your temp folder (Usually C:\temp). This is just stuff left behind by programs when they install, and can be pretty damn big if left for a while.
Hope that helps...
Daedalus has it spot on. I use to use one that was much faster and easier to use but sadly I forget which one is was :( but there is one that got a good review you could try on cnet.com that seems pretty good called Auslogics Disk Defrag. You can find the download here and watch the review on the same page. Auslogics Disk Defrag - Free software downloads and reviews - CNET Download.com
Auslogic's free Disk Defrag is very good and fast at defragging, though it's not too thorough at compacting files after defragmentation. Thus you get lots of empty spaces left behind on your drive. I like to defrag with Auslogics then compact with the XP defragger. If you really want a great defragger get something like Perfect Disk though, which is certified by Microsoft and the only one I know of that will optimally place the system files and keep the reserved MFT space for system files only. It also defrags on the fly in the background if you want it to.
Personally I don't recommend using XP Disk Cleanup though. It tends to remove too much stuff, some based on inactivity. I highly recommend Auslogic's Boost Speed though, which quickly and safely removes junk files and registry clutter. It's not free like their Disk Defrag though.
An important thing to note concerning defragging is the Windows 15% rule. It's best to leave 15% of your harddrive's actual space free for proper defragging. The actual space is not the advertised space. The actual space will be shown in the Windows Disk Defragmenter utility. If you do not follow this rule you'll not only get less effective and slower defrags, you'll risk Windows alloting a large amount of reserve MFT (Master File Table) space, which can cause problems with non system files occupying that space unless you use a defrag tool like Perfect Disk, which prevents it from happening.
Other good tools to use are CCleaner and Glary Utilities, both of which are free.
To add-on to the stuff above, what I do is run the Auslogics De-Frag first and the windows defrag afterwords.
Oh, and the BoostSpeed suite of Auslogics programs mentioned above is worth paying for (i have them).
Perfect disk, that's the one I use to use! Thanks for reminding me Omen!
I've got Diskeeper, it seems to work pretty well. Faster than the Windows tool (heh... windows tool? Gates).
You should not be allowed to use a computer if you do not know what these things are. Also its called google.
DarkKrucifix7;4612496To add-on to the stuff above, what I do is run the Auslogics De-Frag first and the windows defrag afterwords.
Actually I already mentioned that, and gave reasons why. "I like to defrag with Auslogics then compact with the XP defragger."
The#1Spot;4612749You should not be allowed to use a computer if you do not know what these things are. Also its called google.
Hey you can't really blame him for asking, lot's of people don't know how these things work.