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But would a 3rd Party defrag program not cause issues? I mean every year or so you should defrag an HDD right?

Edit: Sorta off topic, but I just checked my Auslogics disk defrag (only keep it for my HDD used for storage, as my SSD is my boot + apps drive), and it said my SSD is "70% fragmented" and needs defragging
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But would a 3rd Party defrag program not cause issues? I mean every year or so you should defrag an HDD right?

Edit: Sorta off topic, but I just checked my Auslogics disk defrag (only keep it for my HDD used for storage, as my SSD is my boot + apps drive), and it said my SSD is "70% fragmented" and needs defragging
SSDs are the unique topic, they don't suffer from the fragementing problem like other drives. You don't have to wait for a disc to spin on them, they can pull the data from anywhere on the drive as if it's in perfect order due to how they store the data. If the desktop keeps moving towards using SSDs for a "main" hard drive then we won't need much of a solution as the problem will become less and less eminent.

As for 3rd party defrag programs, apparently there are a few that defrag nicely but I'm not sure what they are. The best option is simply format and re-install. Windows itself causes some forms of fragmentation to occur when it makes all the programs store data at the beginning of a drive. Some people say that data was ment to be spread out evenly, as to keep all forms of fragmentation minimal. That's what linux does, we don't have data moved to the "front" of the drive.

Either way most of this isn't related to the registry. You could get a registry defragmenter, but the easiest way to go about things would be to just leave it alone for the most part.
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