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Old 03-13-2007, 07:34 PM   #1
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Question Does EXT2/# Fragment?


I have a windows machine, and i have an EXT3 USB HD connected. I have searched all over, i.e. google, wiki, ... with no help at all. Does EXT2/3 Fragment, and need to be defragmented like FAT32 and NTFS Do? Thanks,
Chris
 
Old 03-13-2007, 07:53 PM   #2
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Not really, it does not fragment with normal use. Theoretically, you could get some fragmentation under certain extreme circumstances. But I've never known anyone that has needed to defrag ext2/3 and I do not believe there are any current utilities to defrag an ext2/3 filesystem.
 
Old 03-13-2007, 08:31 PM   #3
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Commonly, linux filesystems defrag less than windoze's, but they do anyway.

Here in wikipedia mentions some defrag tools for ext2/3 but also warns the possibility of destroying data.

ReiserFS does not provide tools for defragmentation, but that doesn't make it a worse filesystem.

My advice: I wouldn't mess with that. If it is working, don't try to fix it.
 
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Thanks,
Unfortunately i have to have a windows computer running for school. They have a program that will not run on Mac, or Linux, only windows. I dual boot but have some files on that HD that needed to be accessible from both OS'. Thanks Appreciate all y'alls help.

Chris

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Old 03-13-2007, 09:00 PM   #5
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Does NTFS need to be defragmented too like FAT?

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Old 03-13-2007, 09:10 PM   #6
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Does NTFS need to be defragmented too like FAT?

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As far as i know it does. I can download a single podcast in iTunes and it will show as a red fragmented file instead of a happy blue.
 
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From what I understand NTFS uses a RNG to determine where to place each 16 Kb of any given file on a disk.
 
  


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