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Disk Defragmentation

OK you have been told to do it. You know it supposed to be good from your computer. Would you like to really understand why you should Defrag your hard drive.

If you are going to defragment something it must have been fragmented to begin with.

So first we'll take a look at what Disk Fragmentation is and why it is a bad thing.

 

Files or Pineapples Itís Basically the Same

Lets pretend that you are an apprentice chef. 

  1. The boss tells you to go into the walk- in cooler and get him a pineapple.

  2. If the pineapple was in one piece it would be an easy job. 

  3. If the pineapple was cut in to 20 slices and each slice stored in a different container, with the containers spread throughout the cooler the job would be harder.

  4. Imagine how difficult it would be if the pineapple was diced and stored in 300 different containers.

  5. It's much the same with files. It is easer to open a complete file than one that is sliced or diced.

  6. With a fragmented pineapple it could take hours to make a couple of pineapple cakes.

 

What is Fragmentation

Webster's dictionary defines fragmented as being broken down to small bits.

Computer wise, fragmentation is when the files on your disk are broken up into small bits and stored in different locations on your drive

What Causes Fragmentation

Disk Fragmentation is caused by creating, deleting or editing files. It is caused by adding or removing software. It is caused by downloading files from the internet. 

Computers do not necessarily save an entire file or folder in a single space. They are saved in the first available space. If the file doesn't fit in that space it is broken up with the broken pieces spread throughout the drive.

Fragmentation is a natural process. It  cannot be avoided. If you bought a brand new computer it would be fragmented because of the Operating System and basic programs installed.

Why is a Fragmented Disk a Problem

Firstly, it will slow your computer down. The slow down can be dramatic.

Other problems would include longer boot times, frequent crashes and freezes.

A fragmented disk could actually prevent your computer from booting at all.

The constant searching a drive must do when it is fragmented also leads to the premature failure of the hard drive.

We have had calls from customers so desperate they were going to buy a new computer. If we could boot the computer and defragment the drive we were able to save them the expense of a new computer or hard drive.

How Often Should You Defrag Your Drive

Good Question.  It depends upon how you use your computer and in what state you wish to preserve it. 

Defragging takes a long time so to be practical I guess you could feel pretty good doing it once a month.

Most versions of Windows have a Defragmentation Utility included. Regular defrags can save a lot of heart ache.

To Start the disk Defragger

  1. Click Start

  2. Click All Programs

  3. Click Accessories

  4. Click System Tools

  5. Click Disk Defragmenter

  6. Follow the programs prompts

The Windows Defrag Utility is a limited performance version  of Diskeeper Software.

Info from Microsoft's website 

Disk Defragmenter is based on the full retail version of Diskeeper. The version  included with Windows XP and later provides limited functionality in maintaining disk performance.

Diskeeper Software

Our thought are that using the free limited version offered in windows is better than nothing, but a better job would be done if you used the full version.

We have used previous versions of Diskeeper Software and have been very pleased with the results.

Diskeeper is faster than the Windows Defrager and seems to do a better job. It is also "set and forget".

We will be testing the latest version of Diskeeper over the next few weeks and report results on our website.

In the meantime with a price of US $29.95* for the Home Version you can't  go wrong with Diskeeper.

Operating System Requirements:

  1. Windows 2000 Professional

  2. Windows XP Home or Windows XP Pro, Windows 7

  3. Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium or Windows Vista Ultimate

  4. If you have Windows Vista Business or Windows Vista Enterprise you will have to use Diskeeper 2008 Professional (US $49.95*) or Pro Premier (US $99.95*)

*Price current as of 22 April 2008 

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