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Disk Defragmenter

by angeldot / April 25, 2004 3:42 AM PDT

this may be a stupid question, but what does 'disk defragmenter' do? does it delete the files in the computer harddrive??...or cleans up?

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Re:Disk Defragmenter
by glb613 / April 25, 2004 3:45 AM PDT
In reply to: Disk Defragmenter

To put it simply, it puts bits of data back in order. It doesn't delete or clean up anything.

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Re:Disk Defragmenter
by Brandon Eng / April 25, 2004 3:49 AM PDT
In reply to: Disk Defragmenter

As you use your computer, files become "broken up" (fragmented). This not only slows the system down, but causes wear and tear on the hardrive. Graphically, when you look at a file, it look like 1 nice file, when in fact, the file can be broken up and scattered about on the disk. When you defrag, it make the files 1 contigous (as much as possible), and makes access to that file quicker and easier; it also causes less wear and tear on the HD. Hope this answers your question. And no, it doesn't delete any files, and it's NOT a stupid question. We all have to start somewhere.

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Re:Re:Disk Defragmenter
by angeldot / April 25, 2004 5:40 AM PDT
In reply to: Re:Disk Defragmenter

Thank you for answering..now i know.. Happy

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