Defragmenting image files

Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by nick s, Apr 30, 2004.

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  1. nick s

    nick s Registered Member

    Nov 20, 2002
    I ran into this thread at DSLReports about the safety of defragmenting image files:,10052627~mode=flat

    I routinely defragment a second hard drive that holds images (TI7 and Ghost 2003). I have restored both TI7 and Ghost images without any problem. Are there any risks involved in defragmenting image files?


  2. Detox

    Detox Retired Moderator

    Feb 9, 2002
    Texas, USA
    Wow! well - beforehand - let me apologize for this post since I am absolutely unable to help; I'm only starting my learning about TrueImage tonight - but; this is a great question and I'll be looking forward to the answer on this one! Hadn't thought about the possible implications of defragging a image before!
  3. FanJ

    FanJ Guest

    Thanks for raising the question here Nick :)

    First of all to make a thing clear:
    It is not defragging inside a backup-image file but defragging the drive on which you store them.

    I myself have never seen a problem with it.

    But Howie made a good point:
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    Defragmenting temporarily moves files to different locations on the disk. If a part of your fragmented image file is relocated to an area that has developed bad sectors, for instance, when the file is moved back, I'd say there's a good chance it may become corrupted and unusable. LEAVE YOUR IMAGES ALONE!!!!
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  4. Acronis Support

    Acronis Support Acronis Support Staff

    Apr 28, 2004

    Hello Nick --

    Thank you for your interest in Acronis True Image (!

    Actually, there are no known problems with images getting corrupt after defragmenting the drive where they are stored. Also, you can defragment the drive before you create an image and it shouldn't cause any problems as well . So, all in all, defragmenting doesn't affect the back-up/restore process in any negative way.

    Thank you.

    Best regards,
    Anton Gromov

    Acronis, Inc.
    395 Oyster Point Blvd. Suite 213
    South San Francisco
    CA 94080 USA

    Acronis... Compute with confidence
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