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Hey guys - I want to load a hdd up with a massive amount of fragmented data, then install windows 7.

Sounds odd - I know but that's my mission.

Does windows do a defrag before installing and if so is there any way to prevent it. I also want to turn off the automated defragmentation - just thinking of denying the system access to the defrag executable.

Plan at the moment is to dump 80 gig of music on it and then have it roll through and delete every 3rd song or something like that... Either that or some VB script to create files non-stop of 20 meg sizes then delete every 2nd after the drive is full.
    
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Slightly confused what your ultimate goal is here.. But seems like what you have planned should work as far as fragmenting the drive..
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You need to format before installing a new OS, Everytime! Last time I checked, a drive will not befragmented after formatting it....

SO, IMO, It won't work...

P.S. Why would you want to do that? It would only yield poor performance of the PC, or at least lesser performance.
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Originally Posted by Mastiffman;12186455 
You need to format before installing a new OS, Everytime!

Mate - looks like you need to try using media instead of a restore partition! I hope you dont "fix" your friends computers...



Anyway - it worked a treat. I filled the HDD up with music, then deleted all files with 03 in the filename, then 05 - 07 etc until I had about 20 gig spare...

LOL windows 7 took about an hour to install - was brilliant... I've installed it faster on my old dual PIII server faster than that LOL

Have now denied all users (even trusted installer) access to the defrag exe - via the transverse/execute rights.

I'm a mad bugger - but this time there is a purpose, I might upload a wee vid when I get back in later on sneaky.gif
    
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Originally Posted by hazara;12188998 
Mate - looks like you need to try using media instead of a restore partition! I hope you dont "fix" your friends computers...



Anyway - it worked a treat. I filled the HDD up with music, then deleted all files with 03 in the filename, then 05 - 07 etc until I had about 20 gig spare...

LOL windows 7 took about an hour to install - was brilliant... I've installed it faster on my old dual PIII server faster than that LOL

Have now denied all users (even trusted installer) access to the defrag exe - via the transverse/execute rights.

I'm a mad bugger - but this time there is a purpose, I might upload a wee vid when I get back in later on sneaky.gif

What are you even talking about then you JA!

Nice that you "ask" for advice and then INSULT someone that offers!

So, IF you're SUCH a Genius, then once again, explain WHY you would want to not permit access to defrag OTHER than the OS being on an SSD???? Other than wasting OCN user time, just to insult:kookoo:

Like I said, Any intelligent person would do a format....
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Sounds like a lot of wasted effort to me..
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i think he's up to some baaaaaad stuff. lol. this belongs in OT.
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Woah mastifman - you take insult from someone disagreeing with you? A quote like needing to reformat before installing doesnt make sense - especially if someone runs multiple OS/s on the same partition - admittedly that doesnt happen much nowdays...

As to the why Capwin - it's my garage computer and I like seeing them work hard...

Wee vid of win7 loading...
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Mastiffman;12191517 
What are you even talking about then you JA!

Nice that you "ask" for advice and then INSULT someone that offers!

So, IF you're SUCH a Genius, then once again, explain WHY you would want to not permit access to defrag OTHER than the OS being on an SSD???? Other than wasting OCN user time, just to insult:kookoo:

Like I said, Any intelligent person would do a format....
He has his reasons for not want to defragging it.
Windows does not defrag upon install and you do not need to format either.
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Originally Posted by Ecchi-BANZAII!!!;12191885 
Windows does not defrag upon install ..........

Absolutely true thanks - I found out myself anyway.

I had often wondered if it did - kinda like how adobe acrobat defrags & clears a space at the outer sectors so it can load faster. "Optimising performance" LOL.
    
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