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Disk Fragmentation
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Thread: Disk Fragmentation

  1. #1
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    Disk Fragmentation

    I've just read an article about disk fragmentation under Windows and it made me think, "I've never seen anything about defragmenting my hard drive in Linux." and I've never seen a utility for doing it.

    Is fragemetnation the issue in linux that it is in windows?
    Does linux defrag my drive automatically?
    Does linux work its file system that much better than wndiws?

    Thanks,

    Keith ;D

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    Re:Disk Fragmentation

    hmm, ive thought about the same thing sometimes. I think its because the linux file system is just so much better than the windows one, as you seem to think and it just doesn't need it.
    On the other hand, it could be so efficient that it does it while its turned off or something

    Alastair
    whatdoyougetwhenyoumultiplysixbynine??

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    Re:Disk Fragmentation

    Quote Originally Posted by Keith
    Is fragemetnation the issue in linux that it is in windows?
    No

    Does linux defrag my drive automatically?
    No, there isn't a tool to defrag ext2/3. It isn't needed.

    Does linux work its file system that much better than wndiws?
    Yes. The ext2/3 filesystems are designed to not have the fragmentation problems suffered by that other O/S.

    Jim H

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    Re:Disk Fragmentation


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    Re:Disk Fragmentation

    Quote Originally Posted by Keith
    I've just read an article about disk fragmentation under Windows and it made me think, "I've never seen anything about defragmenting my hard drive in Linux." and I've never seen a utility for doing it.

    Is fragemetnation the issue in linux that it is in windows?
    Does linux defrag my drive automatically?
    Does linux work its file system that much better than wndiws?

    Thanks,

    Keith ;D
    I bookmarked this a while back when I had the same question myself. It's fairly technical, but it's simple enough to follow, and a very complete explanation.
    http://groups.google.com/groups?hl=e...21.on.aibn.com

    HTH

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    Re:Disk Fragmentation

    Thanks, everyone.

    I read that article from Google and I think it makes sense of why fragmentation is not an issue in linux. It explains why it's not an issue.

    Another good reason for using it! ;D


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