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I've been noticing lately that my secondary (D:\\ "non-system") drive is filling up more and more, especially after I defrag. This is weird, especially since I'd always thought that defragging was meant to clear up some free space by re-arranging data blocks in a more orderly fashion. It's not a system drive, so there isn't much in the way of "Temp Data" folders. It's mostly video, music, and photo files, and game and program directories. All the important stuff like OS and and system utilities go on the System "C:\\" drive.

Are there any tools that work better than what's provided with Windows 7? Especially ChkDsk. I ran a scheduled Disk Check on the D:\\ drive and it froze in the latter stage of Step 4 of 5.
    
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Get GSmartControl, check the SMART data, and run an extended self-test.
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Right click on the recycle bin. Then move the slider to 3 percent. Then right click in my computer and go to system restore. Either disable system restore for that drive since its a non system drive or again move the slider to 3 percent. Your choice but it won't make a difference if system restore is enabled for the drive or not. Then go explorer right click on the drive then click on advance. Tick clean up old restore points. Then ok then click on drive clean up.
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download CCleaner and DeFraggler
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I ran GSmartControl, and it directed me to upgrade the firmware on the drive. After upgrading the firmware, both my system BIOS and GSmartControl are telling me that the drive is failing all sorts of surface tests. Now I need a fast way to shift data from one 1TB drive to another. It's not a system/OS drive, so it should be easy, right?
    
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I ran GSmartControl, and it directed me to upgrade the firmware on the drive. After upgrading the firmware, both my system BIOS and GSmartControl are telling me that the drive is failing all sorts of surface tests. Now I need a fast way to shift data from one 1TB drive to another. It's not a system/OS drive, so it should be easy, right?
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