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  • In Windows XP you had the option to analyse a disk drive you wished to defragment without carrying out a full disk defragmentation. Looking at the Windows Vista Disk Defragmenter GUI at face value I thought this feature was left out. After some research, I found that this  this feature has been included but you will be forgiven for not knowing where it is. Fortunately, using the command line tool does allow you to analyse a drive. It is as simple as typing the following:

    1. Open up Command Line tool.

    2. Type the following: defrag –a <disk drive letter>

    3. Press enter and you will see the following:

    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6000]
    Copyright (c) 2006 Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.
    C:\Users\Surinder>defrag -a c:
    Windows Disk Defragmenter
    Copyright (c) 2006 Microsoft Corp.
    Analysis report for volume C:
        Volume size                         = 298 GB
        Free space                          = 236 GB
        Largest free space extent           = 136 GB
        Percent file fragmentation          = 1 %
        Note: On NTFS volumes, file fragments larger than 64MB are not included in the fragmentation statistics
        You do not need to defragment this volume.