Microsoft to make defragmenting automatic in Vista?
I’ve run disk defragmenters and utilities like PCTOOLS since the days of DOS 5.0. Back in the day, the FAT file system had an annoying tendency to fragment files into a million pieces if you so much as looked at it. With the advent of Windows NT-based operating systems with a more intelligent file system (NTFS) the issue has become slightly less critical, but if you’re like me, and are constantly adding and deleting files from the system, defragmentation is a necessary chore.
Now, according to Paul Thurrott, Windows Vista comes complete with an automatic defragmentation scheduler. The default is for the user’s hard drives to be defragmented at 4:00 AM every Sunday, when presumably most people won’t be doing other work on their computer. If you don’t leave your computer running over the weekend, it can still be set to run the next time you boot. If you don’t want to have this feature happen automatically, it can be turned off.
Full article: Ars Technica