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Using Disk Defragmenter on an XP pc


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wdc202

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Can someone please tell me (or point me to a place that explains) how to interpret those colorful bar charts (before and after ?) that are shown? Thanks.
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Makaveli213

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Hello,

Post up a screen shot and i will do my best to explain to you in full detail.

Cheers,
Mak
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At the bottom of the defragmenter window there are colored boxes that explain what each color stands for. On the whole, the defragmenter charts are a qualitative indicator for the level of disk fragmantation. More bars mean more fragmantation. The bottom chart gives a general idea of how the the disk looks after the process.

Please note that there are files that cannot be defragmented or moved. Among them are system files (green colored), video and restore files (red colored, meaning that they are still fragmented after the process). Sometimes you need to run the defragmenter more then once to achieve better results.
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Or in a nutshell:

Blue is good, red is bad. Red is very bad when it appears in big chunks across the top window. No white space in the top window also isn't very good as it means you're out of space on the drive.
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