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  • Hello, I have 1 physical hard drive with 2 partitions c: and d: Can I defrag my Windows 7 install without hurting my XP partition or bootloader?  I noticed by default Windows7 had set Disk Defragmenter to "Never Run" on any of my drives. I wonder if it "knows" something I dont. Thanks
    • Moved by Carey FrischMVP Thursday, December 22, 2011 6:19 AM Move to more appropriate forum category (From:Windows 7 Installation, Setup, and Deployment)
    Thursday, December 22, 2011 4:19 AM

Answers

  • The standard defrag program in Windows 7 will only defrag the files on the Windows 7 drive partition.  It will not defrag Windows XP files located on the Windows XP drive partition, nor will it defrag the bootloader since it cannot perform offline defrags.
    Carey Frisch
    • Proposed as answer by zhen tan Monday, December 26, 2011 3:01 AM
    • Marked as answer by Arthur Xie Wednesday, December 28, 2011 4:57 AM
    Friday, December 23, 2011 5:55 AM

All replies

  • Consider using a more robust program such as PerfectDisk.  The defrag program in Windows 7 is just a basic one.
    Carey Frisch
    • Marked as answer by Carey FrischMVP Friday, December 23, 2011 2:49 AM
    • Unmarked as answer by Sinth Friday, December 23, 2011 4:52 AM
    Thursday, December 22, 2011 6:19 AM
  • Thanks for the suggestion. Does not answer my question though.
    • Edited by Sinth Friday, December 23, 2011 5:00 AM
    Friday, December 23, 2011 2:43 AM
  • The standard defrag program in Windows 7 will only defrag the files on the Windows 7 drive partition.  It will not defrag Windows XP files located on the Windows XP drive partition, nor will it defrag the bootloader since it cannot perform offline defrags.
    Carey Frisch
    • Proposed as answer by zhen tan Monday, December 26, 2011 3:01 AM
    • Marked as answer by Arthur Xie Wednesday, December 28, 2011 4:57 AM
    Friday, December 23, 2011 5:55 AM