3 Jan 11
Defragmenting involves sorting out the order of things are saved on your hard drive. When you save things, you just save them almost randomly. Degragmentning means that your computer reorders the information. This means all the information is closer together, and the makes your pc a bit faster, as the needle that spins around the hard drive doesnt need to go so far. Also, you can sort of de clutter your hard drive. This was really important in old times, with slow pc's, and it would make a big difference. But with new computers being so fast, they do not make a major difference anymore. You can still do it if you like, but i wouldnt really both.
3 Jan 11
Defragmenting compresses cluttered files so it frees memory space thereby speeding up your computer, before doing a defrag, there is an option if you want the drive to be defragmented, it tells you exactly if you need to defrag or not, good luck
5 Jan 11
I usually defragment once in a month or so, but don't have a fixed schendule, but rather when my PC is idle I take down all services and defrag. It's good you defragment, it reorganices your files so the HD can access them easily. Accesing fully defragmented files is easier and takes less effort for the heads, hence it tends to last longer. It's also faster because the HD has easier access to file and less heads movements to reach the files. And last, it greatly helps in case of a disaster. Data recovery programs are most likely to recover deleted files and formated partitions if they are perfectly defragmented.
4 Jan 11
Defrag is only going to make a difference to you if you repeatedly update the same files over and over again, making them larger each time. A new file should be written to a continuous piece of space automatically, clearly if you are running out of space on your hard disk this may not be possible, which would cause additional fragmentation. I believe MS Windows will attempt to defragment your drive putting the stuff you use regularly onto the fastest part of the hard disk, so if you've changed which software you use it might be worth a defrag afera a couple of weeks. You'll probably see a better speed increase by clearing your browser cache on a regular basis, and certainly do that before a defrag !
4 Jan 11
in non technical words.. when you save any big file say.. a movie of 4 Gb.. physically your hard disk may not have space 4gb continuously to save that file.. so it will be cut in pieces of 2-1024 parts and will be saved on different different location.. when you defragement.. it will try to minimized those number of pieces.. and try to keep file in a single row.. so that you can access it faster.. benefit is your computer speed will be increased.. and cons is you cannot recover your deleted data using recovery software once you defragement..
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4 Jan 11
I originally was defragmenting once a month until my son asked me why I wasn't doing it twice as month because he felt my computer was too slow.. which is why we defragment, to speed up our computer..