Computer Tips & Tricks: Is Disk Defragmenting Still Necessary Today?

With today’s hard drive technologies, people wonder if it’s still necessary to defragment their hard drives. By the way, what the heck is defragmenting anyway?

Defragmenting your hard drive quite simply means reorganizing the way information is stored on a computer disk so that all of the information belonging to a file is stored in a single, contiguous area on the disk. Believe it or not, a file (like a document, photo, etc) can actually be split up into smaller pieces. Its sub-pieces can be be physically spread out into different locations on the hard disk. This is what is meant by “fragmentation”.

Since hard disk “seek time” (time needed to locate and open a file) is one of the most significant bottlenecks in a computer’s performance, “fragmented” data can drag down your computer’s speed quite a bit. If you have an excessive amount of “fragmented” files on your hard disk, you might hear extra grinding, sputtering, and other weird noises coming from your computer. That is one indication that defragmenting your hard disk is a good idea.

A second indication is when your computer doesn’t open files as quickly as it did before. While hard drives size have become larger over the last few years, the drives still operate and store data the same way they always have. In fact, fragmentation can eventually become even more of a problem on today’s gigantic hard drives, so it’s definitely worth checking the fragmentation level on your drives and defragmenting the drives if needed. This will not only help restore performance, but also make your drive last longer.

We have a great free Defragmenting tool n the Resources page of our Tucson Computer Repair website. It’s much better and faster that the tool that comes with Windows, so check it out.

About Steve Frantzis

Steve Frantzis is the Owner of Saguaro PC Tech, LLC, a computer repair shop in Tucson. If you have any questions or need help with your laptop, desktop, Mac, or mobile device, please call Us at (520) 250-5948.

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