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Why do I have to run defrag so often with WinXP?

With Windows XP I have always found it necessary to run defrag two or three times in order to get a tidy system. Any idea why?

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This is not unusual. Especially on a nearly full and/or heavily fragmented drive, the defragmenter will often require multiple passes to fully defrag a drive, because each pass with the defragmenter will free up additional contiguous drive space that fragmented files can be moved into.

This was first published in March 2005

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