Windows 7, XP and Vista comes with built-in support to defragment your hard disk to speed up or increase your computer / PC performance. However, the default defragment is limited to files scattered around your hard drive. There are even tools available that allow you to faster defrag in pretty much less time.
However, none of the software allows the defragmenting of your page files and registry hives. PageDefrag is Microsoft’s one of the system’s internal tools that will enable you to defrag page files and registry hives.
How to better Defragment paging files and registry hives
PageDefrag uses advanced techniques to provide you the ability to see how fragmented your paging files and Registry hives are and to defragment them. Also, it defragment’s event log files and Windows 2000/XP/ 7 hibernation files (where system memory is saved when you hibernate a laptop).
When you run PageDefrag (pagedfrg.exec), It gives a list which tells you how many clusters make up your paging files, event log files, and Registry hives (SAM, SYSTEM, SYSTEM.ALT, SECURITY, SOFTWARE, .DEFAULT), as well as how many fragments those files are in. You can defragment them instantly or set them to be defragmented at boot time.
- Defragmentation: Whenever you create a file, the Operating system stores it at some free space, but it doesn’t mean it stores them one after the other. Thus when you search or look for a file, it might take longer if they are too much scattered. So, defragmentation is a process that gets your file closer in terms of memory, so your file access is faster.
- Paging Files: These are internal space that is used by the operating system along with the main memory or RAM. These spaces are never defragmented with the utilities.
- Registry Hives: These are Key-Value pairs used to store options, paths, and others which software or windows might use. These also are not defragmented.
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