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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Defragging in Windows 7 (and later)

Disk defragging, or more correctly “defragmenting,” is the source of many questions, more than a few misconceptions, and many articles here on Ask Leo!

The good news is that for reasons we’ll explore, defragging in Windows 7 is actually something you rarely need think about any more.

While we’re exploring, we’ll also look at a brief refresher on what fragmentation is, why defragmenting is needed, and how to do it yourself, if you want to. I’ll also address some of the most common myths of defragmenting.

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