The really short answer is no. These would not affect your hard drive’s life span. But from the sound of your question, you’re making some assumptions here that aren’t really valid. Let’s take a closer look.
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.
“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.