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Should I run Defraggler on devices?

By JADavis9 ·
I run Piriform's Defraggler on my 2 pcs. One of the pcs is used mostly by my young kids. So when I run Defraggler, should I have it also do the devices that my kids have left plugged in? I was just wondering if it could hurt the devices or would it even help them.
Also, I see my MAXTOR USB backup hard drive in Defragger on my tablet and I've been wondering the same thing about it.

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Depends on the device I suppose

by OH Smeg In reply to Should I run Defraggler o ...

I don't defrag Thumb Drives and the like but I most certainly do Defrag External USB/ESATA HDD's.

Col

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by JADavis9 In reply to Depends on the device I s ...

Thanks! I did Defrag my external HDD on my tablet pc.

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Don't defrag SSDs.

by seanferd In reply to Should I run Defraggler o ...

Defrag any spinnin-platter HDD, though. You probably don't need to defrag a backup drive, so if you give it a go, the process may be very brief.

Tip: Do not leave your USB backup HDDs connected and powered on all the time. Just turn them on for backup or restore ops. They tend to have higher failure rates when left on.

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by JADavis9 In reply to Don't defrag SSDs.

I'm not sure what to think about following your advice to "not leave your USB backup HDDs connected and powered on all the time" since I have it set to run a backup once each day so that I am always backed up. I would prefer to just leave it plugged and powered so it can run the backup at 9AM each day using the Seagate Manager. So I think that I will just keep it plugged in and powered.

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by OH Smeg In reply to Don't defrag SSDs.

Leaving the drive plugged in 100% of the time is a very bad idea.

If you must it has to have an Actively Cooled Enclosure like this one that Antec makes the MX1.

http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/product.php?id=NDc=

If there isn't a fan in the enclosure sucking air over the HDD it's got to overheat and this shortens the life of the drive dramatically.

After all a Backup is no good on a Dead HDD it still costs as much to recover from a Failed HDD if both the HDD inside the computer and the Backup Drive have fried themselves and it's really pointless having a backup under conditions like that.

Just place your hand on the Enclosure after the drive has been running a few hours and see how hot the drive is.

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more info to consider - I'm not arguing

by JADavis9 In reply to Should I run Defraggler o ...

My Maxtor USB hard drive seems like it was made to be left powered and hooked up. It has been that way for me for 5 years now. It isn't hot. And the Maxtor Manager software system and/or the Acronis True Image Home software that they urge has full time backup in it and that is how I have it set to work.
I just touched the unit and it is not hot. It is just a little warmer than room temp.

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by seanferd In reply to more info to consider - I ...

Then it is probably designed to cool itself, and it will be fine.

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This site is confusing me. What am I doing wrong or is it broken?

by JADavis9 In reply to Should I run Defraggler o ...

I am filling in this in the Answer The Question area and I typed in "This site is confusing me. What am I doing wrong or is it broken?" in the Subject box and then put this stuff in the Comment box and checked the Alert Me and clicked Add Your Opinion. So what shows up in my email?
I wonder how this is different than by clicking Reply under a section?
I sure wish I knew! Maybe the difference is that now the person replying gets to enter a Subject line and if they just click Reply, then the Subject line isn't changed?
2. Also, I got an email in my Outlook from this site saying --Reponse To Answer MISSPELLING - should be RESPONSE)
--http://ct.techrepublic.com/clicks?t=804425405-59faec9f8bde8ccccdbcffefa2c0be12-bf&brand=TECHREPUBLIC&s=5
--Posted by seanferd | 05/08/2011 @ 02:19 PM (PDT)
But I click that link and come to this site and I don't see anything from Seanferd at that time. I see
Answers "Depends on the device I suppose" from COL which says Posted by OH Smeg (confusing - must be a nickname?)
Replies "Thanks! I did Defrag my external HDD on my tablet pc" from me
something w/ no title "Don't defrag SSDs" Posted by seanferd May 05, 2011 @ 8:07 PM (PDT)
Replies "I'm not sure ...." Col .Flag.OH Smeg May 07, 2011 @ 2:44 PM
something w/ no title "more info to consider - I'm not arguing ..." from me
Replies "Then it is probably designed to cool itself, and will be fine" by seandfert May 08, 2011 @ 2.19 PM (PDT)
And that is all I see. So where is the thing that is my email:
1. Discussion - Should I run Defraggler on devices?
--Reponse To Answer
--http://ct.techrepublic.com/clicks?t=804425405-59faec9f8bde8ccccdbcffefa2c0be12-bf&brand=TECHREPUBLIC&s=5
--Posted by seanferd | 05/08/2011 @ 02:19 PM (PDT)

I don't see it. I am very confused. It is now May 9 at 9:40 AM PDT. Where is it? I even shut IE down and went back to the email in Outlook at clicked that link after --Reponse To Answer

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by seanferd In reply to This site is confusing me ...

You cannot see the difference in format between a "reply" and an "answer"? Short: "Reply has no title, no ability to accept votes, etc.

Neither has anything to do with email. If you choose to receive alerts, I don't know how often that occurs. Possibly per post. Used to be you could choose between hourly, daily, weekly, or something like that.

The link, indeed, displays the top of the thread. Since Questions have no space at the top to display a linked post, "highest rated", or "just in", I suppose we are expected to hunt.

My reply is under your previous "answer to question", just above your current post.
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