To paraphrase Shakespeare “To defrag or not to defrag; that is the question”. You wouldn’t think that defragging a hard drive would be an issue which is open to much discussion; but it is.
Fragmentation is caused by creating and deleting files and folders, installing new software, and downloading files from the Internet. When you delete files or folders, the first available empty spaces on the hard drive are filled in randomly when you create new files and folders, as you do when you save pics from your camera, install software, save emails, or create documents.
A fairly common point of view holds that defragging a hard drive is pointless and provides no measurable increase in system performance.
One example of this type of thinking taken from a forum I visit frequently is as follows: “Disk cleanup is pretty useless, and defragging should only really be done if you recently moved around very large files on your hard disk”. This point of view has some support in the tech community.
On the other hand there is also considerable support for the following point of view: “Disk fragmentation leads to system slowdowns, PC crashes, slow startups and shutdowns”.
So which point of view then is more likely to be accurate given that hard disk fragmentation makes the disk drive heads move more than necessary when reading files which leads to reduced performance in file input and output?
Despite the fact that it is difficult, if not impossible, to measure an increase in system performance following hard drive defragmentation, there is a slight leaning in the tech community toward defragmentation being a positive maintenance process. I support this point of view.
Personally, I defrag with Auslogics Disk Defrag a free disk defragger from Auslogics Software on a weekly basis. The program is extremely easy to use, does not require any analysis phase and is faster than most disk defragmentation software I’ve tested in the past, and it’s free. In my view, it’s one more maintenance process in helping me get the maximum performance out of my hardware.
Before you begin a defrag process it’s important to run a program such as CCleaner which will empty your Recycle Bin, Temporary Internet Files folder, and other locations where clutter tends to accumulate on your PC. As well, you might consider uninstalling any applications you no longer use.
- Improve computer performance and stability
- Increase your productivity – no more waiting for files to open
- Defragment disks in minutes
- Disk fragmentation map and detailed fragmentation report
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