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I always look for the best performance, especially for games and wonder if maybe defragging my hard drive once a week is enough? Or just how often should I do it?

Game data is static, so once it's written it stays where it is. If it was installed on a somewhat unfragmented drive, you'll likely see no performance gain from defragging the drive. The data never moves with the exception of a few temp and config files and fragmentation isn't going to affect those.

If you have your games on a storage drive, you'll really never need to defragment... except if you maybe uninstall a bunch of things.

You only really need to defrag an OS drive... and you really don't even need to defrag often. Delete temp files and clean the registry with Ccleaner... I think that would be more beneficial to OS drive performance than constant defragging.
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and clean the registry with Ccleaner...

 

This is a bad idea because there's a history of registry cleaners (including CCleaner) deleting false positives and completely ruining the OS, rendering it completely useless. Besides, any perceived performance gains from this is purely The Placebo Effect. I mean, the Registry is ENORMOUS. So, having a few unnecessary entries in it is NOT going to slow anything down AT ALL. Again, there's also the risk of deleting false positives. Never mess with the Registry unless you are doing it manually and you absolutely know what you're doing.

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I usually defrag every time I install a large game, but normally I defrag once a month if I didn't install a game. For me defraging makes me feel better knowing that my HDD cells are not all over the place. Also if I don't defrag ever when I do it will take so long to do, because I have had to fix peoples computers because they never did anything maintenance wise with their computer and I had to defrag the computer over night.
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"HDD cells" isn't a thing. What you're doing is organizing the 0s and 1s so that they are easier for the hard drive to access. The better the defragger, the easier it is for the hard drive to access any bit of information (any 0 or 1).

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I wait until there is more then 50% fragmented before defragging or every 6 months

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post #26 of 37
Once a month at most and schedule it so you don't have to bother. IMO schedule it via task scheduler or something that doesn't require the program to be running all the time. I used to defrag religiously... it didn't do any good except for my head. What you want to watch out for is free space - as long as you have ample free space (~30%) on your boot drive you're golden. I'd skip defragging and just reinstall windows every year... feels good to be fresh and clean.

E: According to Mr. TwoCables's link I also used one of the worst defrag programs.... doh.gif

But it looked cool...
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I thought you were referring to someone else.

You don't need to force TRIM. It happens automatically.

When windows 10 runs it's auto defrag is also runs trim on your ssd as pictured below.



*I had to run that 3 times to respond quick enough to catch it running the trim command it happens so quickly.
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When windows 10 runs it's auto defrag is also runs trim on your ssd as pictured below.



*I had to run that 3 times to respond quick enough to catch it running the trim command it happens so quickly.

 

That doesn't mean that it won't happen on its own. Like I said, you don't have to force it; it will happen no matter what you do. Do you think that TRIM won't run otherwise?

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That doesn't mean that it won't happen on its own. Like I said, you don't have to force it; it will happen no matter what you do. Do you think that TRIM won't run otherwise?

I've read in various places that Trim can be wonky.

If windows has built trim into their defrag, then I'll trust that they know more about how their OS interacts with SSD's then bro science.
     
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I've read in various places that Trim can be wonky.

If windows has built trim into their defrag, then I'll trust that they know more about how their OS interacts with SSD's then bro science.

 

Here:

 

http://www.thessdreview.com/daily-news/latest-buzz/trimcheck-does-your-ssd-really-have-trim-working/

 

Now you can find out and maybe make a huge upgrade to your defragging.

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