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Old 02-28-2010, 08:52 AM   #1
Gallifrey
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Question Hard Disk & File System Maintenance


Hi,
I have been running Ubuntu as my sole OS for about a month now, and aside from Computer Janitor, I have found no drive/fs cleaning tools, or defragging tools. I know this isn't Windoze, but surely there must be a way of maintaining your hard disk. I mean installs/uninstalls must leave detritus, and file moving must cause SOME fragmentation. Are there any apps, systems or methods in place that provide this functionality??

Your help and suggestions would be most appreciated!
 
Old 02-28-2010, 09:02 AM   #2
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Hi,
I have been running Ubuntu as my sole OS for about a month now, and aside from Computer Janitor, I have found no drive/fs cleaning tools, or defragging tools. I know this isn't Windoze, but surely there must be a way of maintaining your hard disk. I mean installs/uninstalls must leave detritus, and file moving must cause SOME fragmentation. Are there any apps, systems or methods in place that provide this functionality??

Your help and suggestions would be most appreciated!
Linux do not need a defrag tools.
Use about 85% of the space and you will be ok.
My advise do not use Janitor you really do not need it.
Linux is totally different from windows .
 
Old 02-28-2010, 09:12 AM   #3
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Most distributions will run fsck (file system check) periodically at startup. Every 30th boot is common, or at configurable time intervals. For fsck to make repairs, the filesystem needs to be unmounted, so boot (or perhaps at shutdown) is a good time to do the check.

If you never or rarely reboot, you may wish to check the docs for your system and set up some other way to periodically run fsck.

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Old 02-28-2010, 11:51 AM   #4
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Your greater concern...

I would think that greater danger lies in damage to or failure of your HDD. Do you have SMART and is it enabled? Do you have a HDD utility from the manufacturer, SeaTools, Hutil, etc., and do you run it occasionally to check the health of your HDD? Do you keep your components clean and free of dust and is there good airflow around your system?

Do you have backup and is it up to date?
 
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