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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Disk Fragmentation

Very few people turn a blind eye when they discover they have a disease. Armed with the best treatments available, they fight to eradicate their sickness in hopes of returning to good health. While we vigilantly utilize all our resources to combat such an attack, we often overlook the same approach when it comes to our computers.

Truth be told, all computers are carrying a disease. Of course a computers health and a person's health are two different things but that doesn't mean that we should take a different approach to fixing the problem. That approach is a proactive fight against whatever the ailment may be.

In the case of computer diseases, there are few more devastating than fragmentation. Caught early enough it can be a just a minor nuisance and easily handled, left untreated and it can cost you not only your hard drive, but everything on it.

Due to the manner in which a computer's operational system is constructed, fragmentation will invariably cause problems for those who choose not to recognize the warning signs. So what are the warning signs of fragmentation?

If it's taking along time for your computer to boot up, or your experiencing delays in retrieving documents, browsing the web, loading applications or accessing your email then chances are your hard drive has an excess of fragmented files.

These files are created through everyday use and often times go unnoticed. Your computer is constantly producing temporary and cached files that, when left unchecked, will cause your computer's speed to slow to a crawl before crashing all together. The speed of your computer is affected due to the manner in which it saves these files.

Because a computer doesn't really take organization into account when saving files your information is placed in any available space. A computer will save this information in a contiguous manner, leaving no room for additions to an existing file. When you do make changes to an existing file the computer will fill the space that it originally came from and then place the remaining pieces wherever it will fit.

This fragmenting of files is what causes your computer to slowdown. The next time you try to access that modified file your hard drive is forced to find all the pieces that make up that single file. Because your computer is constantly creating files this can easily lead to a hard drive being overrun with fragmentation.

Now for the solution to your disk fragmentation. It only makes since that if you have fragmented files you use defragmentation software to clean up the mess. By installing defragmentation software you can assure yourself of keeping your hard drive running at its optimal speed and ridding yourself of those delays.

Defrag software will not only reunite all the pieces of your fragmented files, but will also continue to ensure that files don't become fragmented. It really is as simple as stopping by your local computer retailer and picking up defragmentation software to prevent the spread of fragmentation.

There's no doubt that if you had a disease and it was as simple as stopping by the store one time to get the cure you would. Why not save yourself the hassle of dealing with a slow computer that will eventually crash and equip your computer with the necessary safeguards to prevent such an occurrence

1 comment:

jason said...

Its definitely better to be preventive in the case of the HDD as a drive failure or crash is a disaster that noone likes to invite. The irony is that by ignoring fragmentation, cleanups and drive maintenance, thats exactly what happens, uninvited.