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By clapp ·
How Often should you refresh a PC being used in a File Server Atmosphere and the PC are on all week excepts weekends and are win98se machines? Two years old, now. Should Defrag and Scandisk take care of the problems with age?

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by dmiles In reply to How often should you..... ...

Doing a backup once a month,semms to be efficient enough,and then doing a maintenance to scandisk and defragmentation schedule in this time frame would keep the machine running smoothly.
Scandisk and defrag will help,but should not be relied as thesole maintanence for keeping machine updated.

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by TheChas In reply to How often should you..... ...

As long as the systems are kept cool enough, they should last nearly forever. Most systems are replaced for performance / application compatability questions long before they are physically worn out.

Just like a car, the most wear and tear happens when you turn it on.

The only concern I would have is a HD crash.

Check with the mfg of your HD and review their recommendations in relation to MTBF.

I probably wouldn't go more than 3 - 4 years on a critical application HD.

As soulrider suggested, defrag and scandisk are not enough on their own.
I would add in a disk life monitor, and registry maintenence.

What physical maintenence do you perform?
The fans, heatsinks, and vents should be cleaned periodically. How often depends on the local environment.

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by mcarrara In reply to How often should you..... ...

I recommend that you also run Windows Update from either the Start button or from tools in IE once a month. Also as a file server your anti-virus software needs frequent updates at least weekly.

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by Frederick Bauer In reply to How often should you..... ...

I would recommend that you do this monthly if not every other week during the middle of the night when the traffic is slow.

I would do a scandisk thorough and then the defrag.

Any questions please let me know.

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