I believe in defragmentation of computer drives but in this day and age when computer chips and drives are so fast, it doesn’t seem quite as important. Back in the old days, defragmentation could noticeably slow down your computer or, if bad enough, cause it to crash. Also back then, it took all night and the best part of the day to defrag a hard drive, and they were very small capacity drives. Not that the drives were large by any stretch of the imagination, but they were SLOW, SLOW, SLOW.
I defrag my two internal hard drives quite regularly. I have two, the C-drive I use only for programs and the D-drive is for files. Therefore, the C-drive can be defragmented very fast because there is hardly anything on that drive that gets fragmented. That also allows the programs to run at their maximum speed.
The D-drive is another story. Since files are being written to it, read, changed, re-written, moved, copied, deleted, etc. all the time, it gets fragmented for sure. When I run the defragmenter program, it doesn’t take all that long to complete, usually a lot less than hour.
OK, yesterday I decided to defrag my external hard drive. I use it to back up files from my D-drive. I do not back up my C-drive because it only contains programs that can be reloaded. If it would crash so bad that I couldn’t reload the programs, a new hard drive would then be purchased.
To get back to my story, I implemented my bright idea and started the defragmenter program and had it work on the external drive. That took hours and hours and hours. Now, that drive seems very fast to me, so why would it take so much longer to format than my main computer drives? Could it be the USB connection? Maybe I should do it more often, since that was the first time it was ever defragged. What do you think? Will it go faster the next time if I don’t wait long? I guess I could check that by re-running the defrag program on it now before I back up anything else. Nay, that would probably just tell me that it didn’t need it.
They say we all get wiser with age, but I may be wiser but I sure seem to be dumber. . .