Category: Drive Issues

Puran Defrag
article #1485, updated 113 days ago

Appears excellent on the desktop.

http://www.puransoftware.com/Puran-Defrag.html

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Good & simple app to burn CDs in Windows and create ISOs from disks
article #357, updated 817 days ago

AnyBurn seems to be possibly the current best light & powerful CD/DVD toolbox item:

www.anyburn.com/download.php

It’s available in 64-bit and 32-bit versions. ImgBurn was go-to for a long time, but it hasn’t had updates since 2013. Quite a few others are gone too. But the old reliable CDBurnerXP is still being kept up to Windows 10 as well:

cdburnerxp.se/

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Analyze disk space usage on Windows
article #907, updated 1215 days ago

WizTree is highly recommended, very very fast, orders of magnitude faster than WinDirStat, and works on drives, folders, and UNC paths.

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Defragment the NTFS MFT and other hidden crucials in live Windows
article #1265, updated 1361 days ago

The command is CONTIG (also available in 64-bit as CONTIG64), and it is a Sysinternals:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/contig

You’ll want to put the appropriate binary in C:\Windows. Run it like this, in administrative CMD, it will get all of the hiddens it can for C drive (this is 64-bit):

contig64 -nobanner -accepteula C:$Mft
contig64 -nobanner -accepteula C:$LogFile
contig64 -nobanner -accepteula C:$Volume
contig64 -nobanner -accepteula C:$AttrDef
contig64 -nobanner -accepteula C:$Bitmap
contig64 -nobanner -accepteula C:$Boot
contig64 -nobanner -accepteula C:$BadClus
contig64 -nobanner -accepteula C:$Secure
contig64 -nobanner -accepteula C:$UpCase
contig64 -nobanner -accepteula C:$Extend

Notice the distinct lack of slashes in the above!

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Using Contig to defrag
article #1266, updated 1404 days ago

The command is CONTIG (also available in 64-bit as CONTIG64), is a Sysinternals:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/contig

It defrags, and does it very well. It does it file by file. Here’s a command probably suitable for background operation on a whole C drive, on a 64-bit machine, quiet mode:

start /LOW contig64 -s -q C:\*

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Interesting defrag: DiskTuna
article #1258, updated 1459 days ago

Small and sweet.

https://www.disktuna.com/da-disktuna/

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SSD in Windows? Turn off Superfetch
article #1176, updated 1689 days ago

Recently acquired advice. Better speed, less wear on the drive. It is a Windows service by that name.

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Windows 10 does not always automatically detect and TRIM SSDs
article #1134, updated 1795 days ago

Found this today.

  • A two-month-old laptop with a SanDisk SD8SN8U-256G-1006 SSD for its C: drive, Windows 10.
  • Windows had recognized the drive as a standard hard drive, not an SSD, and the laptop had slowed down a lot very recently.
  • Installed the SanDisk SSD Dashboard, ran TRIM, and scheduled weekly TRIM operations.
  • Laptop much faster.

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Check TRIM for SSDs under Windows
article #969, updated 2343 days ago

Here’s a tool. Run this once as administrator on the drive to check, wait 20 seconds and do it again, and if it says you’re good, you are.

http://files.thecybershadow.net/trimcheck/

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NTFS autorepair
article #930, updated 2458 days ago

We can control the autorepair facility in NTFS, with fsutil repair. Under Windows 8/2012 it will list entries of a volume’s corruption log, initiate repair, query and set the self-healing state, query the corruption state, and wait for repairs to complete.

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