Should I Defrag My External Drive, and If So, How?

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Should I defrag my external hard drive? I thought I should as it contains some important documents and my computer backups. As such, I tried to use Defraggler (Piriform Ltd”s program) for the purpose. The program has been running on my external hard drive (capacity 2T) for the past 10 hours and it has done only 10% of defrag. The analysis does say that there are 32 fragmented files and 92% fragmentation. Is there anything I am not doing right? How should I defrag this drive, if I should?

While there are alternatives, you’re doing it right; Defraggler is a fine program to use.

The more important question is that, even with “92%” fragmentation, should you even be bothering?

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Should I Defrag TrueCrypt?

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Should I defrag a TrueCrypt volume and if so, should I do it with the volume open or closed? 

You know, that’s one that I haven’t thought of before. But now that you bring it up, I intend to act on it.

I believe the answer is yes. You should defrag and yes, do it with the volume open, but with one caveat.

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Did My Boot Defragmenter Tool Actually Fix My Boot Problems?

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For about a month on both my Acer and HP (they’re both about 3 years old) laptops with Windows 7 Premium, my boot would fail about 1 or two times a week sending me through the Windows repair process. I tried a number of things to no avail. Then about a month ago, I found and used a boot defragmenter tool on the advance tools section of Glary Utilities. I like and have used Glary Utilities software for several years but I’ve never defragged my boot before. For the last month, I’ve not had a single boot problem on either of my laptops. Could just using this single Glary Utility’s boot defrag tool have totally fixed my boot problems?

It’s possible, but my suspicion is that it didn’t really “fix” anything. I think it just moved things around, which ultimately is what defragging does after all. You might still have an issue that’s waiting to bite you later in a different way.

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Does defragging too much harm my hard disk?

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Can defragging harm my computer? It looks like it’s a good way to improve my speed, but after a while, I’m back with 5% fragmented disk. So does defragging harm my computer? If not on single use, then on multiple uses? In fact, can it make it even slower instead or make some applications bugged? Making them crash by moving their files around?

As I’ve explained in a previous article, defragging rarely gets you to a 100% completely defragmented machine. There are a couple of different reasons why, but I’ll leave it to that article to cover that situation. The real question here is: does defragging too often harm the machine?

Absolutely not. Let’s talk about why.

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How do I defragment a hard drive on Windows XP?

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How do I defrag a hard drive on my Windows XP? In my home, I am using Windows 2000 and I love it, but I’ve had two occasions where I visited a friend who was using XP. I could not find the defragmentation program. I appreciate your point that frequent defragmentation is unnecessary, but over a period of one or two years, occasional defragmentation has its place. Once at a machine at a motel lobby, I found that defragmentation program but was unable to execute it because I was not the administrator. Why would defragmentation demand administrative privileges?

Getting at the defragmenter is actually pretty easy in Windows XP. We’ll talk about this and some other issues related to defragmenting.

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If I copy a file to another drive will it be fragmented the same way?

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If I simply copy a fragmented file from one hard drive to another non-fragmented hard drive, is the copy fragmented? Or does magic file allocation occur and place all of the fragments in order? I’m guessing that if the destination drive is fragmented then the copy will be fragmented.

Short answer: fragmentation is drive specific and it is not preserved across a copy.

In fact, if done in the right way, a copy can actually be one way to defragment a drive.

Let me explain why that’s so.

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What is “defragging” and why should I do it?

“Defragging” is short for “de-fragmenting” and it’s a process run on most hard drives to help make accessing the files on that disk faster.

Traditionally, it’s something you need to do periodically as files on the disk become more and more fragmented over time (hence, the term “defragmenting”).

So, what does it mean to be fragmented? Why does it get worse over time?

I’ll review that, as well as how to defragment, when to defragment, and even if you need to worry about defragmenting at all.

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