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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Back in the old days (just last year, in fact), the stock disk defragmenter in Windows looked something like this:

xp disk defragmenter

If you had no choice but to defragment a drive immediately, then at least you could entertain yourself by watching little green and red stripes bounce around inside the window. A quick glance could tell you if the defragmentation was nearing completion.

Along comes Vista, with a new defragmenter interface:

vista disk defragment

The defragmenter takes more of a Hollywood "don't call us - we'll call you" approach. I haven't found any red, green, and blue bars moving around to pass the time.

All I have left is hope.

I hope this finishes.

I hope this finishes soon.

yipyip Thursday, June 28, 2007
Gawd, it's like it was designed by Apple... "You do NOT want to know what your computer is doing. Here's a shiny animation!"
scott Thursday, June 28, 2007
The spinning circle is hypnotizing...
Sahil Malik Thursday, June 28, 2007
Thank god, you've stopped writing poems on your blog.

Y'know what is silly about vista's defrag? It ignores the fact that my laptop isn't switched on at 3AM on Wednesdays.

(Actually, sadly enough, mine is - but you know what I mean!)
Fredrik Thursday, June 28, 2007
I read a rather convincing article in the latest issue of PC Format (UK), saying that defragmentation is a total waste of time - the unnoticeable increase in access time you gain will never weigh up for the time it actually takes to perform the defrag, for one thing.
BlueThunder Thursday, June 28, 2007
Not surprised that another user does not like the Vista defragger. There are good and bad things about Vista, and its defragger certainly falls into the latter category.

Best to use a standalone defragger like Diskeeper Pro (that is what I use). Fast and comprehensive defragging of multiple drives at the same time, and the option to defrag the $MFT and other system files. Highly recommended.

Frederik: Defragging with progams like diskeeper does not take long. If you have heavily fragmented large volumes, then run defrag when not using the PC.eg overnight.

I havent read the article, but whoever claims file fragmentation has no effect on PC performance is smoking some strong stuff.
Rodrigo Thursday, June 28, 2007
At least, they kept the icon...
andrew Wednesday, July 4, 2007
This is one of my pet hates too, for some reason I used to love watching those bars move around and now I never really defrag at all because it seems a waste of time.

I say next version the get, they need to make a screen where each bar is a cube, a little ship scrolls along the bottom and blasts them, collecting them in order down the bottom of the screen.

And maybe a little UFO scrolling back and forth along the top.
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