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Ed Bott's Microsoft Challenge--8/17/00

By ebott ·
Windows 2000 includes a light version of Executive Software's Diskeeper defragmentation software. Unfortunately, it has a few serious limitations, most notably its inability to schedule defrag sessions or optimize data in the Master File Table. Is disk fragmentation really an issue for Windows 2000 users? Should I upgrade to the full version of Diskeeper on NT and W2K workstations and servers? Is Norton's Speed Disk 5.0 any better? I'm especially interested in hearing of any independent benchmarks you've run to measure performance gains and of any hassles you might have encountered when defragging Windows 2000 servers.

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by RonnonF In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

As per your first question the Microsoft-ian answer is NT doesn't require defrag software. Believe that I have a bridge to sell you. Currently I am running Executive's free defrag tool and it isn't so great. It leaves some fragmented files alone andthe full version has a scheduling feature. Which would allow me to set the program to run over night (as you stated earlier).

Either Windows NT magazine or NTsystems magazine wrote an article comparing the different defragmentation software (Symantec and Executive are not the only makers). They said that Symantec's product came out on top.

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by wyzard In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

We have used Diskeeper lite, and the latest version, 5.0. Both were very poor in speed and effectiveness. In a majority of cases in our office, Diskeeper could not defrag the drives. We could run it 20 times in a row and it would scan the drive andsay that?s the best it could do, leaving some drives with over 20,000 excessive fragments. Scheduling boot up defrag was the only way to do it and that takes a LONG time, AND comes with the risk of destroying data on the drive. Diskeeper warns you about this. Not only did it not always fully defrag the drive the first time, or after multiple times, it couldn't defrag the MFT or the Pagefile without rebooting and doing it outside of NT. They use Frag Guard to prevent MFT and Pagefiles from becoming fragmented, but that feature doesn't work all that great either. Norton's speed Disk 5 is excellent! It will defrag the MFT, and the pagefile. Its much faster and it will defrag properly the FIRST time its run, not multiple times as with Diskeeper. We switched to Speed Disk and have it scheduled to run on the drives of all of our machines at midnight every night. Drivers are never fragmented anymore. You also have the option to set its priority so if you are running a study on a machine that takes a couple days to run, it won't disturb the study till its done. Get Speed Disk, you will install it, Schedule it, and forget its even there. You will never have a fragmented drive again.

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by grance In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

The answer you look for would be MorphaSys's freeware program called AutoDeFrag. It's only drawback is that it only runs on W2k systems. You can schedule it to run at any time though and it also will defragment all the local drives you have (not including the A: Drive)... You can download it at http://www.morphasys.com/autodefrag/index.htm Give it a try.

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by clear2fire In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

I have run any benchmarks, but haven't encountered any problems in defragging win2000 pro or 2000 advance server.
I have encounter another unrelated problem after setup active directory with win2000 advace server it took over 5 minutes to boot to desk top. I thought I must configured something wrong so I install it on another machine same problem.

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by thrlskr23452 In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

Upgrading to the full version is a definite plus. defraging the Master File Table sets up a better sort for the rest of the files and allows for a complete defrag of the Hard drive. This is important because your hard drive access time will be faster and you windows managed memory swap will be quicker.
A definite plus if you use a DVD. Remember to always use scan disk first with auto repair otherwise you may delete files during defrag. No experience with Norton's speed disk 5.0

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