MUMBAI, India--(BUSINESS WIRE)--While most agree that file fragmentation slows computer performance, there still seems to be controversy over when defragmentation is really needed. Some think that larger disks don't need defragmenting, and others think modern operating systems don't require defragmentation, and still others have the opinion that only servers really need defragmenting.
The truth is that file fragmentation occurs on all computers everywhere––and affects the performance of each one––so the notion that "sometimes defragmentation is not needed" is actually ill-founded.
Fragmentation was invented for a purpose––to better utilize disk space. Files saved in fragments (pieces) means that more space on a disk can be utilized. But fragmentation is a solution that became a problem, a problem on all computers. The need to retrieve every fragment to access a file necessitates heavy I/O traffic, slows down performance, and decreases the life of a hard drive.
This is not only true of servers with high activity and access––it’s also true of workstations and laptops. Just as with servers, workstations and laptops have files being created, modified and deleted, and this activity alone causes fragmentation. If fragmentation is not addressed, these computers, like their larger server cousins, will slow down dramatically and can have their reliability threatened.
Not only is defragmentation necessary, the choice of defragmentation technology is also important. The most basic is manual defragmentation, when the user selects the defragmentation routine and leaves the computer alone to run. Another choice is scheduled defragmentation; the defrag routine is scheduled to run when the computer is not in use.
With today's large files and disk capacities, there are major problems with both these methods. First, fragmentation continues to build and dramatically impact performance in between the manual or scheduled runs. And second, with very large drives these defragmentation methods barely impact the fragmentation problem at all.
The best solution for today's computing environments––on all computers including workstations and laptops––is a fully automatic solution, one that will run whenever otherwise idle system resources are available. No scheduling or manual operation is ever required, and performance is constantly maximized.
For all computers, defragmentation is essential. And a fully automatic solution means that the user or system administrator never has to have attention on it ever again.