Articles tagged: fragmentation

Does Having Multiple Partitions Shorten My Hard Disk’s Life?

Hard drives get laid out in fairly complex ways. Second-guessing how your disk heads move as part of a decision whether to use multiple partitions is not really a practical way to save a hard drive from failure.

Open Hard Disk

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

Fragmentation is about how a file is stored on a disk and is not preserved across a copy. In fact, in some cases you can defragment a hard drive using copy.

An Active Hard DIsk

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

Defragging rearranges the layout of files on your hard disk for faster access. Specifically when (or even if) you need to do it at all is evolving.