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    Clean then Defrag OR Defrag then Clean

    I was wondering what should be done first.

    I use CCleaner and recently downloaded Defraggler (but have not used it because of this question).

    Should I run CCleaner and THEN run Defraggler?

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    Run Defraggler and THEN run CCleaner?

    I've thought about just using CCleaner only and no defragging.

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    Re: Clean then Defrag OR Defrag then Clean

    Clean first and if you are going to use Defraggler you will need to go to Task Schedular and click on defrag.properties and uncheck the enable box as you don't want 2 defraggers running. It is turned on by default

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    Re: Clean then Defrag OR Defrag then Clean

    I know, I have disabled/turned off Windows Defrag program long ago. Thanks.

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    Re: Clean then Defrag OR Defrag then Clean

    You want to limit the defrags, so you will not wear out the hard drive. Here are some additional pointers.
    To maintain your computer

    10 Tips on How to Properly Maintain Your Computer

    Steps that I did not notice on the guide include:

    Running a scan disc before doing a defrag

    Using Microsoft Security Essentials and Malwarebytes.

    Making System Restore points, at least once a week

    Makaing a system Image once a month (varies by user)

    Not relying on your A/V common sense, should prevail. You know of many sites can cause a problem.

    Do not use any reg cleaning or optimizing software.

    Download and use Ccleaner about once every two months. Untick any registry entries.
    http://www.piriform.com/

    If you follow these instructions, you will be trouble free for a long time to come.

    Be sure to back up your hard drive about once a month (varies by user) and to keeep system restore points up to date.

    Optimize Windows 7

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    Re: Clean then Defrag OR Defrag then Clean

    Quote Originally Posted by mitchellb View Post
    I know, I have disabled/turned off Windows Defrag program long ago. Thanks.
    Just checking as a lot of people forget that part.

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    Re: Clean then Defrag OR Defrag then Clean

    I set CCleaner to empty the recycle bin. I clean just before defrag, and also right before doing MalwareBytes scans. It's a pain if MalwareBytes finds something it doesn't like in the recycle bin. You can close MalwareBytes, empty the recycle bin, then run the scan again but it's just a nuisance if you know for sure what the stuff in the recycle bin is(for example if you do scripting programming those are often false flagged as a malware.)

    This way I only have to remember to run CCleaner immediately before these other tasks.

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    Re: Clean then Defrag OR Defrag then Clean

    So I ran the Defraggler program. When it first analyzed my hard drive it said 12% fragmentation. I click to defrag. Once it was done. Just for curiousity, I had it re-analyze my hard drive and then it said it there was 28% fragmentation. I did not continue with another defrag.

    But why would fragmentation go up?

    I probably should be asking the programs website and not this forum.

    Last edited by mitchellb; 19 Feb 2011 at 03:07 AM. Reason: Missing info
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    Re: Clean then Defrag OR Defrag then Clean

    This could happen when going from one defrag software to another. They analzye differently. If that is the situation, I would defrag once more, it should go to zero. Then only when needed.

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    Re: Clean then Defrag OR Defrag then Clean

    Quote Originally Posted by mitchellb View Post
    So I ran the Defraggler program. When it first analyzed my hard drive it said 12% fragmentation. I click to defrag. Once it was done. Just for curiousity, I had it re-analyze my hard drive and then it said it there was 28% fragmentation. I did not continue with another defrag.

    But why would fragmentation go up?

    I probably should be asking the programs website and not this forum.
    I seem to remember something like this happening to me as well, is it system volume information that's not defragging?

    I'm using Auslogics now and I don't get that anymore.

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    Re: Clean then Defrag OR Defrag then Clean

    Quote Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
    This could happen when going from one defrag software to another. They analzye differently. If that is the situation, I would defrag once more, it should go to zero. Then only when needed.
    I see, well then I shall defrag once more.

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