May 06, 2006

Fragmentally Yours

Well, I don't have time to blog today because I got the sudden urge to defrag my hard drive, and it took over an hour because something kept writing to the disk and it kept having to start over at the beginning. *Sigh.* I suspect it was my anti-virus program. Anyone know if it's safe to turn off your anti-virus when defragging?

Posted by Susie at May 6, 2006 12:47 PM | TrackBack

Susie, it certainly is safe, but there's a much more efficient way, because it could be many things, not just the AV. My recommended method takes a tiny bit longer to start, because it involves re-booting first, but it almost always results in a defrag that gets all the way through in one or at most 2 tries.

Rather than choke your comments with the instructions, I'll go post them at Light & Dark and trackback to this post.


Posted by: Light & Dark at May 6, 2006 02:51 PM

Best way is a reboot alright, if you don't know how to edit your registry there is a freeware utilitie that can help. Go to
and download the utilitie called XTEQ setup and when you install that there are different modules and one of the modules will automatically edit the registry for you and put in the command for Defrag so that when the system is rebooted your system will automatically run Defrag, this will prevent other things from running in the background. Also if you are using DSL or Cable modem for your internet and you have constant connection to the internet. Turn the power off to those devices when you reboot just at the precise time that your bios setup appears on your screen. The reason for that is that Windows automatically checks for connection to the Internet and that can make a defrag start over from the start too.

Posted by: Phil at May 7, 2006 02:08 AM

Yes, but first, make sure your anti-virus is up to date. Then, assuming that happens successfully, run a virus scan.

Now, the critical part.

Disconnect from the Internet.

Should now be okay to turn off antivirus. Your computer is virus-safe and isolated.

Put NO disks, CDs, USB keys, or anything in your computer before turning your antivirus back on.

Posted by: basil at May 7, 2006 06:58 AM

Thank you, guys! I appreciate it!

Posted by: Susie at May 7, 2006 09:06 AM