My external hard drive is starting to die. In the past few months, I've noticed files that have gone missing, very slow transfer rates (using USB 2,it can't sustain 20kB/s+ transfer rates for an extended period of time), problems accessing files and recently I've received error messages when I attempt to download files to the drive.
I've had the drive for about 4 years and I've used it regularly to store files and I've often downloaded files directly to this drive. I've read that it's not necessary to defragment external hard drives but now I'm wondering if this drive would have lasted longer if I defragmented it once every few months.
I defragment my internal hard drive about once a month but I install and uninstall several programs on that drive. Is it a good idea to defragment external hard drives?
Edited by Ted Striker, 18 May 2015 - 05:07 PM.