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In some circumstances, should I run defrag at a lower priority than the normal file system requests?

In some cases, should the defragmenter on my system run at a lower priority than the normal file system requests? If so, why?

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Usually, you should not bother how the priority of the defragger is set, since this is its job. If you save and change files, it is definitely more important to get that data to the disk than it is to move a file around. This is for security reasons, to avoid possible data loss. But as I said before, this is really left to the defragger to decide.

This was first published in December 2002

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