Just Say No To Defrag

I am still asked by people whether they should ” defrag ” their hard drive.

In one word – no

So What is Fragmentation ?

When you create a document and you add to it and save it , your Windows computer does not just write over your original file when saving it.

The file is instead saved onto a different part of your drive.

After extended use and time, these chunks of information become scattered, or fragmented, which can slow down the computer’s ability to open files quickly.

If you used to manually run Disk Defrag on a regular basis , understand that Windows 7 – 8 will do it automatically.

You do not need to do it or run 3rd party programs to do it.

Windows 10 – Where Is Disk Defrag ?

In Windows 10 you will not find Defrag but ” Optimise”

If you have a solid state drive that you installed in Windows 7 or 8 – you definitely should not be “defraging it” , it is a waste of time and can shorten the life of the drive , as a solid state drive supports limited writes and that defrag operations cause many writes on the device.

Just let Windows handle this and don’t let 3rd party programs do this as we really have not needed to bother doing a defrag since the days of Windows XP.

Author: Adelaide Techguy

Richard Pascoe is a technology consultant & technology commentator for the media on FIVEaa , ABC Adelaide , PowerFM , 5MU , 7AD and 7BU and has been seen on the Channel 7 news , Channel 9 News , Channel 10 news and Today Tonight . Richard gives his opinions on Microsoft , Google , Apple and deals with personal computers , smartphones and tablets.

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