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Exchange Server 2003 hard drive defragmentation advice

What is the best way to defrag an Exchange 2003 server's hard drive?

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I'm not sure why you'd want to defragment the hard drive. This isn't something that's either necessary or recommended in Exchange Server. However, if you insist on doing it, you'll want to make sure that you have a working backup, then move the Exchange databases off the disk.

After running the defrag, move the databases back onto the disk. Alternatively, you can dismount the Exchange databases during a maintenance window, then run the defrag.

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This was first published in April 2010

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