restore after backup gives defragmented directories

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  1. acuser

    acuser Registered Member

    Nov 29, 2006
    I did a backup of one of my "game" directories(using True Image Home 10) , and replaced it again. Prior to the backup process I defragmented the "game" partition (using PerfectDisk). After restoring the same directory again, some directories were defragmented, while I would expect the restored data to have the exact directory structure again (files located in the same order). Why is this not the case here as compared to cloning the entire disk? Is there another option if I want to avoid this, besides cloning the entire disk.
  2. Acronis Support

    Acronis Support Acronis Support Staff

    Apr 28, 2004
    Hello acuser,

    Thank you for choosing Acronis Disk Backup Software.

    We are sorry for the delayed response.

    I am sorry acuser, but I do not quite understood the actions you have performed.

    If you could explain the above in more details. What was the directory structure before and after the restoration?

    We are looking forward to hearing back from you.

    Thank you.
    Aleksandr Isakov
  3. jmk94903

    jmk94903 Registered Member

    Jul 10, 2004
    San Rafael, CA
    Did you delete the game directory after backing it up and then defragment the partition again? In that case, I'd expect the restored game directory to be unfragmented as long as it was written to a space on the partition large enough for the whole directory.

    However, if the defragmentation left some open areas between defragmented files/folders, then it's possible that fragmentation could occur when the game directory was restored.

    If you just restored the game directory without doing the above, I'd expect at least some fragmentation if even one bit of a file had changed or possibly without any changes as the order in which the files are written back would differ from the original order that they were created.
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