I always defrag my drives ... with regularity. My drives are not fragmented. Yet, I almost always get this result after using System Analyzer: "A large number of fragmented files have been found."
I don't believe this readout is accurate. I think Webroot's System Analyzer is giving me false reads.
BTW, why don't you have a "defrag" feature that allows you to defrag your drives?
Best answer by JimMView original
There is no defragmenter built into Webroot because that is already an easily-accessible and very reliable feature in Windows itself.
Next time you run Windows disk defragmenter, look to see if there is any red space left in the final graph. If so, Webroot is referencing those still-fragmented files. If you free up sufficient space on the hard drive for those files to be defragmented and then run disk defragmenter again, the subsequent graph will contain no red indicators, and System Analyzer will not report that you have fragmented files.
If you do not have any red space in the resulting graph when running disk defragmenter, please consult support via the support system, and they can take a deeper look for you. We would need logs in such a scenario to make a more precise determination, and the support system is better equipped for the log collection process.
It has been suggested to me by Microsoft Tech Support that as hard drives age, they are less efficient at performing tasks such as a defrag. If this is correct, I'd like to confirm that because it may prompt me to replace my hard drive.
ve noticed on systems i've worked on is there are usually a lot of fragments related to system restore if system restore is left to do it's thing without checking up on it.Being i backup up at least twice a week,i usually clear my restore points.Try deleting your system restore points then defragging and then running the system analyzer.I have say i have had no issue with System analyzer in this regard,but then again i do not use windows built in defragger,i use Diskeeper on my systems and have done so since it's inaugural edition.
"MS tech support is very much correct in what was stated to you.I myself have never used an hd longer than 5 years"
I am very curious about this. Is that because of the buildup of unmovable files, or the development of bad sectors on the HDD? Or some other reason?
Does anyone have any thoughts about having Webroot integrate a defragger in its repetoire?
It is really more of a tool for users to diagnose system performance and possible issues with hardware and software so that they can troubleshoot and possibly even save money by taking a proactive approach on machine maintenance.
Oddly, I would not have known this had I not run WSA System Analyzer, since my Microsoft defragger always indicated that my defrag session was completed successfully, with very little red space and very few fragments.
One thumbs up for WSA!
"Oddly, I would not have known this had I not run WSA System Analyzer, since my Microsoft defragger always indicated that my defrag session was completed successfully, with very little red space and very few fragments."
I don't think that to be very odd at all: There is a reason that Webroot and other security software companies still thrive even with Windows Defender, same as the numerous 3rd party system utilities even though Windows has these built in. It has long been known that while you can get by with the utilities built into Windows, they are really not very good. :S