Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th Jan 2012 10:06 UTC
Windows And so the smartphonification of the general purpose computer continues. This time around, though, it might actually be for the better. Microsoft has detailed two new features in Windows 8: refreshing and resetting your computer. Reinstalls will be a thing of the past.
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Holy Hyperbole!
by Drumhellar on Fri 6th Jan 2012 18:49 UTC in reply to "RE: Slow down?"
Drumhellar
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2005-07-12

Weird. I haven't defragged in a year. I just checked, and I'm 1% fragmented.
I also frequently install/reinstall software, and add/erase large amounts of files, big and small.

I know my experience isn't universal, but my usage pattern should be the type that causes much fragmentation, yet it doesn't.

Edited 2012-01-06 18:49 UTC

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RE: Holy Hyperbole!
by Alfman on Fri 6th Jan 2012 22:13 in reply to "Holy Hyperbole!"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

Drumhellar,

"I know my experience isn't universal, but my usage pattern should be the type that causes much fragmentation, yet it doesn't."


It depends of how full the drive is. Consider a disk at 50% capacity, there are probably still plenty of unfragmented clusters available to place new files in, and so those files won't become fragmented, even if files are deleted.

It's not until the disk approaches capacity that the file system has to start making compromises about placing bits of files at less ideal locations and fragmentation begins to take place.

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RE[2]: Holy Hyperbole!
by Neolander on Sat 7th Jan 2012 07:58 in reply to "RE: Holy Hyperbole!"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

I don't know... I have a Windows computer at home whose drive has never been more than 70-80% full for some time, yet playing around with large files on it (installing, playing, and uninstalling games) can lead to some pretty bad fragmentation. I couldn't believe myself how much defragmenting it the other day improved performance.

I suspect that NTFS is designed to put as much data on exterior HDD sectors as possible because those have higher data throughput. Nevermind the fragmentation and reliability problems that this kind of algorithm may cause.

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