RE: Vista Does NOT Defrag
Unfortunately, I made a mistake with part of my previous post. I stated that
in both cases you can add the switches '-a' and '-v' if you want more
detailed output. This is in fact incorrect. You cannot add these switches to
the command 'defrag C: -w' or 'defrag C: -w -f'. This is something that I
didn't realise until I tried it myself.
> Hi TheComputerWizard,
> The defrag program on Vista is different to the one on previous versions of
> Windows as there is no longer a graphical display of the process. In
> addition, defrag can be set to run on a schedule to automatically run at a
> set time and day. This can be changed to whatever you want. You can also run
> it manually if you wish. Either way, it works in the background at a low
> priority without a graphical display.
> You can also run defrag from an administrative command prompt. To do this,
> click on the start orb and type 'cmd' in the search box. DO NOT press enter.
> Instead, hold down 'Ctrl', 'Shift' and then press enter. After providing
> administrative credentials, you will be at the command prompt. If you do this
> correctly, the prompt will read 'C:\Windows\system32>'. At this prompt, type
> 'defrag /?' for a full list of the defrag command together with a few
> examples. To get a detailed report of the fragmentation status, enter 'defrag
> C: -a -v'. To perform a full defragmentation, enter 'defrag C: -w' or
> 'defrag C: -w -f' to force a defragmentation if you have low disk space. Note
> that in both cases you can add the switches '-a' and '-v' if you want more
> detailed output.
> Even if they work, it is inadvisable to run a disk tool created for another
> version of Windows other than that for which they were designed. A tool that
> doesn't fully understand the filing system used can cause problems which
> might necessitate in the reinstallation of the operating system.
> "TheComputerWizard@Gmail.com" wrote:
> > I have run Defrag several times on this computer and watched it finish.
> > Is there a way to get the defrag tool in Vista to report the file
> > fragmentation?
> > Why doesn't Vista defragment the volume fully when it is run?
> > When I switch over to the XP side on dual boot, I run XP's defrag tool.
> > XP's Defrag tool always reports that "I need to defrag this disk". Is it OK
> > to defrag the Vista Volume with Windows XP Defrag?
> > What up with this? Why doesn't Vista work as well as XP?