"On the fly" defragmenters

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  1. Runescaper

    Runescaper Guest

    Are the defragmenting programs that defragment files AS they become fragmented bad for your hard drive in any way? It just seems to me like the writing to your hard drive would be almost doubled because these programs would constantly be moving things around.
     
  2. crontab

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    For windows? Dunno.

    For other platforms, there are many dependencies. Basically when the file system is under a certain threshold, low i/o, low queue depths, low throughput, etc, which are all tunable.
     
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    You'd be better off just scheduling a defrag using a command line defragmenter. You don't want a defrag program trying to move a large file while another program is trying to access it, etc. It will slow everything down.
     
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    O&O degrag is a good one that I've used before.
     
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    Don't bother with realtime defragmenters. Personally, I've never seen one that I like, because I never know when they're going to start eating my CPU power without warning. Most hard drives don't fragment very quickly; the problem is that most people don't ever defragment them, so they get really gnarly after a while. Just defrag once a month if you're a normal user, or once a week if you download and/or process lots of files.
     

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