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Nomen

Using XP to defrag large FAT32 sata hard drive

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Over the past few days I've had a 750 gb sata hard drive connected to an XP system and have been trying to defrag it, but even after a day or two of what looks like solid activity I don't even see a progress bar.  I see that it's saying the drive is being defragged, and a graph showing the layout (where the fragmented files are).  I've free'd up about 150 gb of space on the drive (because defrag complains when there is less than 15% free drive space) but that doesn't seem to make things go faster.  Is XP defrag the wrong tool to use on large FAT32 drives?  Is there a better program out there?  (edit:  should I try defragging it while connected to a Win-7 system?)

 

 

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Defragmentation of FAT/FAT32 drives is inherently slow, much more if they are so large. If you want (much) better performance convert the disk to NTFS (you can do it with the "convert" command).

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I like something called Contig for that you can download contig from sysinternals/Microsoft.  Then Put the Contig gui in the same directory.  This is much better than windows defrag.  Ok I realized that sysinternal programs are constantly being upgraded, some may no longer work on XP if version doesn't work just look for older contig.

Free

https://en.softonic.com/download/contig/windows/post-download?sl=1

Free

http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Hard-Disk-Utils/Power-Defragmenter.shtml

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Well, Wincontig is actually "better" if you want a GUI tool (but it has also command line interface):

http://wincontig.mdtzone.it/en/index.htm

and JFYI, softonic is not the "ideal" place to download files from, Contig can (and should) be obtained from:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/contig

(even if not specified, the current 1.8 version works on XP just fine)

jaclaz

 

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