After four months of moderate use, things were getting a bit slow and jittery on my MCE PC, so I decided to check out the fragmentation level on the hard disk. I was horrified to discover that 85% of files were fragmented I've been an IT consultant for many years and I've seen very many desktop PCs. I don't recall ever seeing fragmentation levels above about 10% on any of these, and so I've always scoffed at people who religiously defragment their disks every (day/week/month) as wasting their time. I may have to reconsider this attitude as far as MCE goes. In fact, my disk was SO fragmented that despite having 25% free disk space, the defragmentation routine couldn't find enough contiguous space to reassemble the large files in Recorded TV and halted I had to copy the Recorded TV off onto another disk, defragment, and then copy it back again. So what strategies do other people have for controlling fragmentation. How often do you do it and do you have any way of automating the process? TIA Duggy.