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15 Are there catches to defragmenting a Windows 2000 server?

Hi, I'm new to Windows 2000 server and I have not defragmented a Windows 2000 server before. A Microsoft Knowledge Base article makes it look suspiciously straightforward. Can you please let me know if there are any catches? Does the server have to be offline when the defrag is taking place? Any guide to how long it will take? Any suggestions to ensure it all runs smoothly?

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The length of time a defrag takes depends on the CPU speed and the size of the hard drives. I would disable the server service and turn off any AV and debugging tools before starting the defrag. Any changes made to the hard drive while in the defrag process will cause the process to start over.

This was first published in June 2003

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