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Old 07-11-2006, 02:34 PM   #1
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Is there a way to schedule this so it runs periodically..?
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Use the Task Scheduler.

Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Scheduled Tasks
Then click on Add Scheduled Task and the Wizard will walk you through adding the task.

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I tried that. Disk defragmenter wasn't available in the list of programs to choose from.
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Old 07-11-2006, 05:54 PM   #4
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What I do, is just regularly remind myself to do it; say, Saturday morning at 9am.
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Schedule a Task to Defragment Drives
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1. Open Control Panel, click Performance and Maintenance, and then click Scheduled Tasks.

2. Double click Add Scheduled Task to open the Scheduled Task Wizard, and then click Next.

3. Click Browse, navigate to the %systemroot%\system32 folder, select defrag.exe, and click Open.

4. Use the wizard to set a schedule for when to run the defragmentation program, and be sure to supply a password for the account on which you want the task to run.

5. Check the box for Open advanced properties for this task when I click Finish.

6. On the Run line, add the drive letter for the drive to be defragged. For example, %SystemRoot%\System32\Defrag.exe %HomeDrive%
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How do I find that folder?
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Once you get thew wizard pane...click Browse> WINDOWS > System32 > defrag.exe

Its across to the left...try and I'll wait to see if you got to it.
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Sorry for the delay. I believe were in two different time zones. That seems to have worked. I noticed it promted me to put in my computer password when scheduling the task. Is this normal?
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Yes, that's normal.

If you're interested, a good alternative to the Windows defragmenter is Diskeeper, which can be set to run constantly in the background at a low priority, so your drives never become fragmented.
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I'll check it out. Is it free?
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G'Day Mrmars,
Yes....its free for a trial period of I think 40 Days...just Google for it or use Koala's link.
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Once you get thew wizard pane...click Browse> WINDOWS > System32 > defrag.exe

Its across to the left...try and I'll wait to see if you got to it.
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One question. I checked the scheduled tasks folder and it says the defragmenter ran on schedule. Usually when I run it manually I get a pop up window when its complete. Since scheduling the task I don't get that window. Can I be sure the task really completed as it says?
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Howdy Mrmars,

There's one way to check to see if Disk Defragmenter did do its job, and that is....

Go Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter...once in there, highlight the Drive you want to check and click Analyze, when the small window comes up go 'View Report', and if the bottom window is blank; then, its just finished doing its job; however, if its not empty, just scroll the top pane and look to see what percentage defragmentation is on that drive, and if its less than say 10% don't worry about it, just close it off and carry on regardless.

To answer your question about the 'missing' pop-up, .

I have never used the Scheduler, I just manually defrag every Saturday morning.

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Thanks, I'll try those steps
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