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Defragmenting.


10 Mar 2014 2:22PM
I use Piriform Defraggler for the laptop, and only yesterday did I discover that by using it I could also defragment my Seagate 1TB portable drive. A check on the Seagate showed that it was 98% fragmented. I am defragmenting now and the total fragments has dropped from 103,901 to 94,148, and still reducing, although taking some time.
So, would it be beneficial to defrag the Seagate now and again; and likewise, should I also defrag USB memory sticks ?

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franken Plus
12 3.5k 4 Wales
10 Mar 2014 2:31PM
If you add and delete things from any storage device there is a possibility that files will become defragmented.

Did you know that you can also right click any folder and Defraggler will only defragment that file?

Ken.

ps, the quick defrag is also useful.
Niknut Plus
5 962 66 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2014 3:28PM
" you can also right click any folder and Defraggler will only defragment that file"

That's a useful tip !!!.....Thanks Ken !!.Smile
10 Mar 2014 3:36PM
Thanks for that enlightening tip, Ken. I will bear it in mind for future use. Fragments have dropped to 81,386, so there is still a bit to go for the Seagate. Last night when I started other files on the Seagate were done considerably fast. These last 6 files were Macrium Reflect backups, so I suppose there is a considerable amount of content in each file. I backup weekly, so it might have been better if I had deleted 2-3 of the older backups, before starting the defrag. But you live and learn !!Smile
10 Mar 2014 3:49PM
I use defraggler as well. Some useful information there Ken.
sausage 10 319 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2014 4:39PM
Never defrag ssd and memory sticks - there is no need they work a different way.
10 Mar 2014 5:55PM

Quote:Never defrag ssd and memory sticks - there is no need they work a different way.

sausage, Thanks for that. I was aware that ssd's should never be defragged. I do not think that the Seagate is an ssd. But concerning usb memory sticks I was not aware of that.
redsnappa 12 2.0k United Kingdom
10 Mar 2014 7:26PM
And you do not need to defrag the drive that win 7 or Win 8 OS is on because both OS's defrag automatically in the background.
lemmy 8 2.2k United Kingdom
11 Mar 2014 10:44AM

Quote:Never defrag ssd and memory sticks - there is no need they work a different way.


Yes, being solid state they are read sequentially from beginning to end for every request. If you are going to read the entire thing anyway, it doesn't matter where it is.

Is makes indexing pointless, too, for the same reason.
JoiceD 1 2
18 Mar 2014 3:23PM
ah i was going to say i had been recommended to turn off all defrag options in win 7 and 8 when using a SSD drive.
But hadnt thought of having to defrag my external drives though.
What should be the process for externals?
StrayCat Plus
11 16.2k 2 Canada
18 Mar 2014 11:38PM
My external drives never need defragging.
lemmy 8 2.2k United Kingdom
20 Mar 2014 9:59AM

Quote:ah i was going to say i had been recommended to turn off all defrag options in win 7 and 8 when using a SSD drive.


Win 7 and 8 recognise SSD disks and automatically turn off defragging - and bring into play various routines that look after the SSD's well being.

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