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Old 03-28-2006, 01:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was just wondering, what does the disk defragmenter actually do? I thought it sorts files, but all my files seem to be in the same place once the defragmentation is done.
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Defragmenting just rearanges things to speed things up. You usually dont notice a physical change. That is because it doesnt literrally move programs around.
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I see, thanks.
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For most things will the built in windows de-fragger be adequate?
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When I defragment I use the windows one. I've never used a external defragmenter.
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It moves things around so the hard drive doesnt have to go too far to find what it needs. It puts data back where it belongs if it gets "scattered" around. So basically its puts files that belong together back where they belong to improve efficiency. Its hard to give a technical sounding definition!

http://www.onlinecomputertips.com/tr...sk_defrag.html
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When you add or delete lots of files, the drive tends to get fragmented, the disk defragmenter fragments back back together so that the files can be accessed without delay and the system works smooth. I used to use the windows tool, but now shifted to an external one for a faster defrag and the scheduling features.
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I defrag, feel its worth completing just as any other maintenance
task.. not uncommon for file systems to get badly fragged even with
large drive nowadays, they can get loaded with junk in no time. I use
a commercial tool.

Here's a tutorial on this very forum on defrag, check it out. Explains
the stuff pretty well.
http://techist.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=55460
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