Bootcamp and Disk Defragmentation

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by larob, Jan 9, 2007.

  1. larob macrumors newbie

    Jan 9, 2007
    I have been running boot 1.1.2 beta for the last 45 days or so with basically no problems - as far as I am concerned, I am running a PC..

    the only real "issue" I have found is related to disk defgragmentation.. my current bootcamp partition is 32gb FAT32..

    here are the problems:

    [1] the built in Windows disk defrag utility goes SUPER slow - even if it finishes (8+ hours or more later), it doesn't actually defrag all the files - AND IT IS REALLY REALLY SLOW

    [2] if I install and run Diskeeper, it won't work to say the least (all my production Dell boxes run Diskeeper and we really like it as it seems to be the best of breed product on the market) - by the way, all my Dell boxes are using NTFS, not FAT32

    has anyone else out there had any similar experiences?? are there any work arounds?? what is the best way to defrag the bootcamp partition?? has anyone tried PerfectDisk from Raxco??

    thanks for all the help in advance..
  2. mischief macrumors 68030


    Aug 1, 2001
    Santa Cruz Ca
    Gotta ask: Why'd you format FAT32?

    OS X can see NTFS, it just can't modify it. Which, all things considered is likely a good thing. The only reason I can see for using FAT32 is that you'd be able to see and use the partition from OSX... which I see dubious usefulness in considering how icky and infectious the Windows animal is.

    I'd say back the sucker up and re-format as NTFS. You'll likely get better performance out of XP all the way around.
  3. ilkevinli macrumors 6502


    Apr 8, 2006
    Diskeeper 10 and 11 work great fro me. Howvere, my HD is formatted NTFS.
  4. larob thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 9, 2007

    YES THEY DO!!!!

    Problem Solved! Here's how I did it...

    I converted the Bootcamp partition to NTFS (yes - I DID NOT re-install Bootcamp or Windows) using the following command from the Windows DOS/Command prompt:


    -- be sure to NOT allow Windows to do the command on the "live" drive

    -- choose the "option" to have it done after a retstart

    Takes about 5-10 minutes and after that, the Bootcamp partition was as good as new..

    Now the partition is much faster, allows fast defragmentation using Windows built-in app, but more importantly, I can either run Diskeeper or PerfectDisk no problem..

  5. PiG macrumors newbie

    Dec 4, 2007
    What do you exactly mean by not allowing windows to do the command on a live drive ?
    I am having similar problems and would love to convert my Bootcamp drive to NTFS however windows is on that C: I want to convert. Should I try to boot from a CD and do it that way ? How can I make Bootcamp boot from a CD?

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