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Old 10-04-2003, 09:01 PM   #1
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Talking crazy question

this might just be a really stupid question...

do you have to defrag you hard drives when you linux? If you do then how if you don't just laugh!
Old 10-04-2003, 09:11 PM   #2
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Hahaa... haha.... I'm laughing... That should answer your question like you asked...

Search the forums, this has been asked numerous times, really, it has... I promise.
Old 10-05-2003, 03:19 AM   #3
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yes, no, maybe, probably not.

That accurate enough for you?

Didn't think so. The truth is, for most people, defraging linux is a non-issue. Linux filesystems are based on commercial mainframe unix filesystems (that's a sick generalization, but it gets the point across), where having extra space between files or having a file spread all over the drive is the same as burning money. As a result, Linux filesystems are pretty good at sorting themselves out without any external help.

There are situations where defraging can have benefits, but for 95% of Linux users, defraging is a waste. That time would be better spent learning more about Linux. In fact, for many windows machines (considering that running defrag takes HOURS---because defrag wants to start over any time you move the mouse) that defrag time would be better spent learning more about Linux as well.

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