Old 4th April 2002, 13:51   #1
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ok, I really think as I get older, I am really going crazy. Last night I defragged my hard drive, and I found it very relaxing to watch the little sqares move around.

Does anyone else like watching the computer defrag, or should I check myself into the nearest psych center?


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Old 4th April 2002, 13:56   #2
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No Missy u shouldnt do that...ur not crazy..ur perfectly fine...in fact if this makes u feel better i like watching that too!!
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Old 4th April 2002, 14:09   #5
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The reason is because you are attached to your computer.... You want to know what it does and what happens to it....

Another reason is perhaps you are trying to work out how the movement from here to there of those squares will optimize your harddisk...

Or perhaps you can't wait for it to finish so you can get back on to the web....
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Old 4th April 2002, 14:20   #6
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Me too.

I think it's something to do with having no pressure to do anything else. You can't run anything until the defrag is finished, so may as well relax.

All hail the mysteries of the disk.

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I loved watching the squares change colour but with XP the process is quicker and the squares have gone!

But the squares!
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I hate defragging my harddrive. It really bores me having to wait a few hours so i never bother anymore.
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Old 4th April 2002, 15:10   #9
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I hate defragging my harddrive. It really bores me having to wait a few hours so i never bother anymore.
Why does it not take long to defrag with XP and it takes hours with 98??

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Old 4th April 2002, 15:39   #10
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I hate defragging my harddrive. It really bores me having to wait a few hours so i never bother anymore.
How have you got your drive partitioned ?

It takes far less time to defrag several small partitions, than it does to defrag one hugh one. Windows 98 anyway
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Old 4th April 2002, 15:44   #11
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I love defraging my drive, especially a partition that doesn't have anything on it.
And yes, those moving boxes are hyponotizing to watch. :P

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Old 4th April 2002, 15:56   #12
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I have Win2k and I miss the moving boxes

Defragmenting in Safe Mode and different partitions is guranteed to be the fastest. I do it when I go to bed and by the time you wake up its done. Defragmenting is especially good for maintaing your comp if you download and delete a lot of mp3s.

The performance improvement may be be little at first but grantees a problem free comp in the long run.

btw...Bilbo, didn't I hear you complain that your hard drive was shot recently?...could not defragmenting be a possible reason


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Old 4th April 2002, 16:29   #13
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mmmmmmhmmmmm ive done that throughout a few defrags ... then id do the same thing during my virus scans .... good waste of a few hours
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wow, and i thought i was alone on this. I liked watching them so much that when i moved to Win2k/XP i wrote a cool little proggy that just moves the blocks around, really hypnotizing

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Old 4th April 2002, 18:50   #15
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Old 4th April 2002, 23:17   #16
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btw...Bilbo, didn't I hear you complain that your hard drive was shot recently?...could not defragmenting be a possible reason
No, that was the number of bad sectors in the first instance, then the crap power cable second time round


The last time I defragged was when I had my 4.3 GB hDD (about 8 months ago). After nearly 4 hours defrag time, as it had been about 12 months before that, i got back the grand sum of...





3.5 mb.
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Why does it not take long to defrag with XP and it takes hours with 98??

I think it has something to do with how NT stores and manages files, especially if you are using NTFS as your file format. All my Win Comps use NTFS over FAT32 and the performance increase is quite substantial. Just know it's because it's a better OS.
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Why does it not take long to defrag with XP and it takes hours with 98??

Plus XP is so much more stabler than win 98 or any other windows os
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Plus XP is so much more stabler than win 98 or any other windows os
What does stability have to do with speed?

[edit]Overlooked that 'Plus' in your post..[/edit]
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Old 5th April 2002, 08:47   #21
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i used to defrag religiously in 98, solely to watch the squares move. But since im now on XP, i haven't bothered.

im around 50% fragmentation. i should do it, considering ive been on, uptime, for more than week. PLus, 80% of that time i been away from my computer.

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Old 5th April 2002, 09:13   #22
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when i had ME (blah) i would defrag it, watching it the whole way through on both the C and D drives. it is very relaxing. i think it might have somehthing to do with the fact that the squares know what to do, and they go to thier home next to all the similar squares. and its ll nice and neat.


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i wrote a cool little proggy that just moves the blocks around, really hypnotizing
where can we download this?

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i'll see if i can get around to upping a version to my server tonight, at the very least by monday

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You can't run anything until the defrag is finished
You can run Winamp. It'll just take a minute or so longer to finish the defrag.
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Old 5th April 2002, 22:29   #27
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Defrag the best eye candy around.

Looks like you were doing loads of important and complex tech stuff on clients machines when you ran it too.

I was so sad when Microsoft changed it on 2000 and XP.

I have to use the visuals in Winamp now for my eye candy.

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Been noticing those a lot recently

It must be because the Y10K Bug may be soon approaching?
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I admit that I love watching the little boxes.
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Yeah man.. the boxes were cool.. *sigh*

I wonder how long it'll take to defrag my new 120 gb hard drive after it's "50% fragmented"...
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VoptXP is a cool utility for defragging that'll give you back your little coloured sqaures if you're using 2k or XP. It's also a little faster and gives you a hell of a lot more info about exactly what files are fragmented.
Defragging has nothing to do with getting back free space though. It's all about performance and extending the life of your HD. I usually defrag when it gets anywhere near 10% fragmentation.
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ok, so you all want your little squares back eh? or are you tired of the squares using 100% of your proc usage? then i think i have your solution: Virtual Disk Defrag
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I've never defragged my HDD since 95 when it only took 2 hours with my little 2GB HDD. Now, with a 40GB disk, it takes like 40 hours, so the option collects v-dust (virtual dust)

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I accidentally set a dozen computers to defrag on a certain time. And after defragging every week, they run faster now. I'm an aide for my computer teacher, I'm on a rage to re-load IE on every computer (Conspiracy to get rid of Netscape), and make it defrag every compuer, and set every name of each computer to their IP address which they're connected to the network. Next year, even if I don't have an aide position, I'm doing that to every computer. . BTW, my school district only supports Netscape Browser, not IE. More people use IE than Netscape. Its better.

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Old 13th April 2002, 06:37   #35
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It is sorta mesmerizing.
I run Winme and it used to take forever to defrag. Was always restarting because other progs were accessing my HD. After I downloaded "End it All" it takes probably an hour or two (never timed it). I just close all apps except what is absolutely necessary. I try to defrag about once a month. Seems like it takes less time for each session if you do it often.

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Bah, Netscape's fine for little stuff, IE is better. Why not use AOL Browser? Opera for me is kinda different.

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It is by far the best web browser ever
Absolutely second that! Have tried Netscape, IE, Firefox, but sticking with Opera.

Regading fragmentation, running the utility on a system after very long time- months or years of fragmentation accumulating should show a good noticeable difference in performance. It may take a long time though unless you get one of the third party utilites.I am very regular with it and quite proactive too, enjoying the benefits of a smoother faster PC if not the pleasure of watching the squares move about
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