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Just wondering if I should De-frag my external hard drive before doing a back-up?

I only use it for back-up once a month.



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The point of defragging is to speed up file access however since your hard drive is external the data transfer via USB / Firewire would be slower than a slow down caused by fragmented files.

Defrag if you must but the reality is you won't see any speed improvement just additional wear and tear to your hard drive for the sake for making files contiguous.


Richard S.

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Hi Richard


I'm not looking for extra speed etc... I only use this external drive for back-ups, so I won't bother defragging:)

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