DSL and defrag.

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by JerryM, Feb 8, 2005.

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  1. JerryM

    JerryM Registered Member

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    I have always, when I scanned and defragged, shut down all the things that I could find running. That included the AV, firewall, and everything except Explorer.

    With DSL is it safe to disable the AV and other security programs if I do not have a browser open? Can anything come into the computer without the browser open?

    I am not sure if I can disconnect the phone line without having to go through the installation of the DSL modem, or if I can disconnect the power without the same problem. Of course I know that sooner or later the power will fail and the phone will go out, and so I would assume that both can be disconnected and connected without any problem.

    But it may be necessary to scan in safe mode and leave everything connected and operational.

    I have XP Home edition.

    Thanks for the help.
    Jerry
     
  2. nick s

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    Hi JerryM,

    Speaking for myself, I never disable any live protection (Outpost Pro/Process Guard/BOClean) when I defrag. I use both PerfectDisk or O&O Defrag several times a week with both DSL or cable connections.

    Nick
     
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    bigc73542 Retired Moderator

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    I don't shut down anything when I defrag either and never have a problem.

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  4. JerryM

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    I think that the biggest problem is that scan disk usually comes up with a window that says that it has had to restart 10 times because of running programs.

    Do you not get that if you leave everything running or do you not scan regularly?

    Jerry
     
  5. nick s

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    Are you running Windows 98/ME (sorry if I missed that elsewhere)?

    Nick
     
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    bigc73542 Retired Moderator

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    I never get that message at all. I am running xp pro sp2
     
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    You mean defrag? Turn off real time antivirus scanning while defragging. Some interfere.
     
  8. JerryM

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    I am running W XP Home SP2.

    I got that message with my old machine with W98, but figured that scan disk on XP would give the same problem.

    Do you not perform a thorough scan regularly?

    Jerry
     
  9. nick s

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    You will not have those scandisk interruptions while defragging with XP (using the built-in or third-party defraggers).

    Nick
     
  10. JerryM

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    I am glad that XP makes it easier.
    Which of the two defrag programs do you prefer? Is there a reason to buy two? I am DL a trial copy of O&O now.


    Jerry
     
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    I prefer Diskeeper really well it can be gotten here free
     
  12. JerryM

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    bigc,
    Thanks for the link. I am DL it also. There seem to be several that are good according to reports, but I have never used one.

    Jerry
     
  13. nick s

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    Diskeeper, PerfectDisk, and O&O are all good apps. No reason to have more than one.

    Nick
     
  14. JerryM

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    Nick,
    Thanks. In doing a search regarding the utilities I found a question on Tom Coyote forum asking about Perfect Disk. The poster had used it and it was good but had a question. Maybe you can help.
    http://forums.tomcoyote.org/index.php?showtopic=28384
    I hope it is OK to post this link.

    Other thinngs being equal, I will go for the freebie. "A fool and his money are soon parted."

    Jerry
     
  15. nadirah

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    I think PerfectDisk 7.0 is the best of the best, I use it myself too. If you download huge files very often Perfectdisk can make the fragmentation less severe.
     
  16. nick s

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    Metadata files are locked by the system and excluded from PD's "online defrag". You have to do an "offline defrag" (meaning you have to schedule and reboot) to defrag locked system files.

    Nick
     

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