Been defragging an old computer for 15 hours now?

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So, I recently found out I still had a computer my sister and I shared when we were younger. She has never been all that great with computers, and I noticed that there were a bunch of mysterious files I'd never seen before. I cleaned it, got Webroot, and finally, I'm defragging it. I noticed that the

So, I recently found out I still had a computer my sister and I shared when we were younger. She has never been all that great with computers, and I noticed that there were a bunch of mysterious files I'd never seen before. I cleaned it, got Webroot, and finally, I'm defragging it. I noticed that the computer has NEVER been defragged, and I believe it's an '07. Is it normal for it to take this long?

Also, what are some other things I may be able to do to speed it up?
Doesn't look like it's been updated in a year either. Could that also be slowing it down?

Best Answer:

Fimbulvetr: Is this the time to tell you that you should have checked the drive for errors before defragging? Defragging can make some kinds of drive errors unrepairable. Oh well!

On an older drive, sector errors and data fading are likely to occur, although Defrag would probably abort if it came to an unreadable sector. However, if the data has faded to the point that the drive and defrag have to try over and over to successfully read it, that will severely slow down the defrag process.

Of course, that would also slow down everything.

The good news is that once the faded data is defragged, it's rewritten onto the drive, and will take some time to fade again.

I agree that Defraggler is more efficient and effective, plus if you take turns running Defraggler and sWIndles Defrag, they will compensate for each others' deficiencies.

Other answer:

Fimbulvetr:
I use an iMAC, but can tell you that when I don't defrag it for a long period of time, sometimes I've just let it run overnight and finish up while I'm sleeping. It does take hours, and of course the larger your hard drive is, and the more data you have saved to it, then the longer the defragging program takes. I think the longest I've gone is twelve hours, but fifteen doesn't seem as though it would be all that unusual.
Charlie Tuna:
You can cancel/stop the defrag safely at any time. Defrag takes a while when the hard drive is near capacity, or has many large files. The built-in Windows defrag is also very slow. I recommend using a free tool such as Defraggler from Piriform (google search)
Christian:
Strap it to the side of a rocket… with duct tape of course.
W7 did not need to be manually defragged to my knowledge. THere might be other things that are wrong with it but from here it is hard to figure this all out. There could be a physical reason like something is starting to fail?
Noor:
yes defraging on older hardware does take a long time
Carling:
defragging a hard drive should not take more than an hour Period, That means the FAT32 allocation table is corrupted Most probably brought on by a virus, I recommend you use Clone Zilla to rebuild the system. check out the weblinks below
Ray:
With Linux mint 17 OS – you don't have to defrag.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HD6nqQrJ…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RohJQ_-K…

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