"lorripop" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> R. C. White;1235201 Wrote:
>> Hi, lorripop.
>> Dave was asking a rhetorical question. :^} But his question does have a
>> You asked how long a defrag might take. Dave asked how long is a
>> Neither question can be answered without knowing more details: A string
>> could be any length from less than an inch to more than a mile. A
>> can take from less than a minute to more than a day. Yes, on a large
>> with many badly-fragmented files and little free space to work with and
>> a slow CPU, a defrag could take many hours.
>> Most computers have a light that turns on when the hard drive is
>> Experienced users can often tell a good bit about what the computer is
>> by watching the activity light blink on and off. Like the sound of a
>> engine tells a story to a mechanic's ear.
>> Defragmenting generally re-organizes the way that file use space on the
>> disk. While it doesn't usually create more unused space, it gathers the
>> used space together, leaving larger free areas so that later files can
>> stored more efficiently and more quickly. It often seems to the user
>> the disk has more free space than before.
>> "lorripop" <email@example.com> wrote in message
>> news:firstname.lastname@example.org...> > >
>> > >
>> > > To DaveWarren:
>> > >
>> > > what do you mean string?
>> > >
>> > > what do you mean "If you have drive activity lights, keep an eye on
>> > > them to
>> > > see what is happening"?
>> > >
>> > > wait...so this is normal???
>> > > and will i regain the space back after my computer has finished
>> > > defragmenting?
>> > >
>> > >
>> > > --
>> > > lorripop > >
> ..oh, whoops D:
> well, uhm, well, most of the details of my computer is above... but if
> it helps it takes... 5 mins to start up the computer?? ._."
The only details I saw were the total size of your hard drive and the free
space. With that much (56 GB free on a 138 GB HD), defragging should not be
slowed down. If you had only, say, 5 GB free, then defragging would take a
long time. Sorry I overlooked that info in your first post. (All I really
wanted to do was explain the "how long is a string" rhetoric.)
Five minutes is longer than it takes to boot most computers, I think. Many
boot up in less than a minute. But there are many variables from one
computer to the next. How many applications start automatically? Does an
antivirus scan run at reboot? Et cetera...
But, both slow startup and slow defrag could be caused by a sick hard
drive - or one that needs a better driver. Perhaps the system is having to
make many retry attempts to read some parts of the disk.
> wait what do you mean "low CPU"? ._.
That's "a slow CPU". My copy reads correctly; maybe there was a glitch in
> and does that mean that the space i lost would be regained afterwards??
Not sure what this question means. Defragging works by temporarily moving
file segments to other places on the disk, clearing out larger free areas,
and then moving all of the formerly-fragmented file into that space where it
can now be written as a continuous, contiguous entity. You SHOULD have the
same amount of free space after defragging as you had before; it's just
organized differently now. Nothing "lost", nothing "regained".
> and chkdsk might not be related to this question, but if defragging
> takes a long time, would i expect chkdsk to run just as long?
Chkdsk and defrag both work on the hard disk files, but their functions are
quite different. They each might work slowly on a corrupted or failing
disk - but for different reasons.
Has your computer been scanned for malware? Recently?
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
Microsoft Windows MVP
Windows Live Mail 2009 (14.0.8089.0726) in Win7 Ultimate x64