Hi Wayne Smith
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Please do not delete those files!
The i386 file is essentially a 'backup' of your Windows installation, and the system32 file is actually part of Windows itself.
"Full Defragmentation" is/should not be a goal in and of itself. If it were, I would simply wipe my drive of files altogether. No files-no fragmentation.
Windows is actually very good at handling fragmented files. It is only when the fragmentation becomes too severe that any issues occur.
Further, Windows defrag utility does not address certain files by design, leaving them untouched in its processing. Many XP users find that other defrag utilities provide a better solution.
Iobit has a free defrag utility that is designed to run in the background and keep
the drive defragmented: http://www.iobit.com...artdefrag.html#
Those of us who prefer the manual approach usually choose the no-install JkDefrag: http://www.kessels.com/Jkdefrag/
The best plan is to choose a method and stick with it. The various defrag utilities use different methods for defragmenting and 'optimizing' the hard drive. I could run one right after the other forever- each would think that what the other did needed modification. Pointless, and causes disk wear.
I suggest that you either use the Iobit 'set it and forget it' method, or run Jkdefrag about once a week. Don't forget to run your 'cleaner' (ATF or CCleaner) first- no sense in defragging 'junk' files.
Also please remember, the files in the Windows
folder 'belong' to XP. Yes, you can go there and do things if you want, but it is where XP 'lives.' Be very
sure that you know exactly what the consequences are before making any
changes there, OK?