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i have Windows 8 for a few weeks and must discover it terribly fragmented quickly

 

is this normal?

 

during a 1-week usage are for example 16% fragmented - over 6 gb

 

before I made with defraggler a complete defragmentation

 

I always thought that the ntfs system would be particularly insensitive to fragmentation.

when I use xp with fat 32 file system, there gives no such dimensions...

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Lets see with Automatic Updates/Microsoft Updates, daily antivirus signature file updates, browsing the web, System Restore Points, and normal usage, etc., it's easy for fragmentation to pile up.

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plus add to @Andavari's list, the pagefile, hibernation file, win8's new swapfile and inbuilt optimise disk stuff.

then there's volume shadowing, all the stuff WinSXS does with junctions and yourself playing around setting things up just right.

and you're probably even installing software like crazy and while waiting you go and do other disk I/O activities.

and being a new installation, all the above will be happening above the normal rate.

 

so the first few weeks of any new installation is probably the worst time for fragmentation.

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for comparison;

 

Setup a standard operating environment on a new laptop preloaded with Win8 this morning, after all was the way I wanted it, DF showed 9% and that was straight out of the box and installing the usual required software (no updates).

Built a new tower last night, again, installed Windows 7 and SOE and did the whole nine yards with drivers, updates, customisations etc, and DF showed 11%.

 

so 16% after 3-4 weeks ain't bad - just means you've been busy. :D

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