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Harddisk Defragmentation.


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#1 10rand

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Posted 11 January 2006 - 03:13 PM

I am not sure if this is the correct forum to post this question. If it is not, I apologise in advance. Just as a matter of interest, is it possible to over defragment one's hard drive? Can it maybe corrupt files? I defragment almost everyday, sometimes even twice or more times a day. Thanks. :thumbsup:
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Posted 11 January 2006 - 08:53 PM

If you are talking about Windows XP it should tell you there is no point in defragmenting below a certain limit. If it does that don't bother to defrag - you're just wearing out your hard drive for no purpose.
Assuming everything is working perfectly no harm should come from defragmenting when its not needed but in the real world it does increase the chances of corrupting data through either disc error or power glitches. It's a matter of balancing the risks and the benefits.
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Posted 11 January 2006 - 09:23 PM

Defragging every day or even several times a day seems a bit of overkill, even if you manipulate files a lot. The very minor speed benefit you might receive surely does not outweigh the wear and tear on your hard drive, and as Rimmer points out, leaves you open to the possibility of inadvertantly corrupting date.
At the most, defrag once a week if you are a power user; if you are a normal user and do not muck around in your files or download/delete lots of applications, you may need to defrag on a monthly basis.
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Posted 11 January 2006 - 11:52 PM

Thanks guys. :thumbsup:
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