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Old 04-24-2011, 02:56 PM   #16
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I am trying to make a point: do your best to try not to disprove somebody's needs, because somebody else might come along with the same issue. It happens to me again and again in all of the Linux forums. NTFS is supported in Linux and the use of NTFS partitions implies there is a possibility of fragmentation, so developing a defragmentation tool for use in Linux would be a legitimate idea and also not a bad one.
There is only one case for using NTFS with Linux. If you want to share data with a Windows machine/installation. In this case there is a working Windows present which can easily defragment the NTFS file-system. But it makes not really sense to use NTFS if you don't use Windows, it lacks Unix/Linux file permissions and so on. I personally would copy your data over and get rid of that file-system.
By the way, because of the closed specifications for NTFS it literally took years til open source developers could come up with a working write support for it. I doubt that someone ever will put effort in writing defragmentation support for this file-system .
 
Old 12-04-2011, 03:34 PM   #17
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Defragmentation is not a "routine procedure" anymore ... not even for Windows boxes. For one thing, drives are huge, so a contiguous block of space is always easy to come by. Filesystems have improved too. Current Linux (and Windows) filesystems are designed for years of continuous service.
Actually, Windows 7 schedules a defrag once a week by default.
 
Old 07-06-2012, 02:54 PM   #18
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I would hate to defrag 3tb drives, and have to do it to 3 3tb drives 0_0
 
Old 07-06-2012, 09:24 PM   #19
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No matter the size, even linux drives could use a defrag if used in production. Tar off to tape and copy back was the standard way. It is perfect and has worked for decades.
 
Old 07-07-2012, 02:49 AM   #20
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Modern file systems don't get very fragmented. My Windows machine has never gotten more than a couple percent fragmented, even with heavy use. Windows 7 is largely self-maintaining. Linux ext systems don't really get fragmented in normal use, at least I've never seen it. It's not something I would lose any sleep over.
 
  


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