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    How long does it usually take for your computer to DeFrag?
    my HP Assistant program started that sometime after lunch yesterday and it was still going just before lunch today. That is hours too long to me. I don't really have all that much on my computer and this going on during the day is frustrating.

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    It all depends on how long it's been since the last time it was done.

    It can take a few hours. :?

    It sounds like it's hung up on something. I hate to say you could exit the defrag and begin it again before leaving your office today.

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    mine needs to be done, but have no clue on how to go about it. Any suggestions? thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by brushandthimble
    mine needs to be done, but have no clue on how to go about it. Any suggestions? thanks
    On your computer, got to Start, then click on All Programs, then click on Accessories, then System Tools then click on Disk Defragmenter and follow the prompts. Easy Peasy. But, could take awhile. Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helovesme
    Quote Originally Posted by brushandthimble
    mine needs to be done, but have no clue on how to go about it. Any suggestions? thanks
    On your computer, got to Start, then click on All Programs, then click on Accessories, then System Tools then click on Disk Defragmenter and follow the prompts. Easy Peasy. But, could take awhile. Hope this helps.
    thanks, i didn't know where to find it either

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    Took 19hours for SIL to defrag one. The owner had NEVER done any cleanup.
    Forgot to add they had 3 children

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    I'm on a MacBook & don't know if it needs to be defragged,let alone how to do it.

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    Somethings wrong.

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    my husband always did it but now can't get downstairs very well. my HP Assistant program was doing the defrag but took soooo long. I've only had this new computer a year. you wouldn't think i had that much to go over.
    I will start it again sometime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan
    my husband always did it but now can't get downstairs very well. my HP Assistant program was doing the defrag but took soooo long. I've only had this new computer a year. you wouldn't think i had that much to go over.
    I will start it again sometime.
    Whenever you save & re-save anything it's not saved exactly in order. For example:
    page 1 is on your desk, at the bottom of the page it sends you to the kitchen for page 2
    page 2 sends you to the bedroom for page 3
    page 3 sends you to the basement for page 4
    page 4 sends you to the attic
    etc., etc., etc.

    Now you defrag and all the pages are on your desk.
    Which would be faster to read?

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    thanks. i looked at my system and admin and clicked on defrag.I found it's set up to do this every Wednesday at 1 a.m.
    Why HP assistant wanted to do this during the day is beyond me. at least i know it's already being done and correctly.

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    I use Microsoft Security Essentials http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/secur...s/default.aspx free download. It keeps my PC in great shape, including doing automatic defrags.

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    I recommend that you delete anything that is old, or no longer needed. And 'cookies' are BAD! Every website you visit 'plants' a cookie on your hard drive (so they can see what sites you visit, recognize you, etc). So please periodically DELETE YOUR COOKIES!!!

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    mine takes several hours.....I have a 500 gig hard drive. I have it set to defrag once a week. A deep virus scan weekly also and it does a bi-weekly maintenance check.

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    somehow "defragging" sounds kind of naughty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    somehow "defragging" sounds kind of naughty!
    LOL

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    OK, does anyone know what a Multimedia Optical Drive is? I have that and an expansion bay which doesn't open. I dont' want to put disks in to see things on my computer. I would like to put a disk in to read a manual. like on the new telephone we got and can't get a dial tone on again.sigh. computer stores don't always do what you want.
    anyway, the last time i tried to backup my computer i almost never got my disk out. had to shut down the computer to get it to open.
    I hate to drive over to the store again but suppose i must. I need to back up and to be able to read disks.

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    thank you for the info, I will try it as soon as I get home.

    Quote Originally Posted by Helovesme
    Quote Originally Posted by brushandthimble
    mine needs to be done, but have no clue on how to go about it. Any suggestions? thanks
    On your computer, got to Start, then click on All Programs, then click on Accessories, then System Tools then click on Disk Defragmenter and follow the prompts. Easy Peasy. But, could take awhile. Hope this helps.

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