Free space fragmentations...what is it?

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by sweater, Feb 21, 2007.

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  1. sweater

    sweater Registered Member

    Jun 24, 2005
    Philippines, the Political Dynasty Capital of the
    No matter how many times I run different defragmentation programs it still has this free space fragmentation.

    What really is this free space fragmentations?

    How to solve it, or at least minimize or possible clears away this free space fragmentations? :rolleyes: o_O

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  2. TheQuest

    TheQuest Registered Member

    Jun 9, 2003
    Kent. UK by the sea
    Hi, sweater

    You should have at least 20% free space on a partition for a defragmenter to work properly, it must be very slow at the moment with just 8% free space, also D: is not looking to good with 18%.

    Take Care,
    TheQuest :cool:
  3. lodore

    lodore Registered Member

    Jun 22, 2006
    IMO the windows defragger really sucks.
    try diskeeper 2007 or perfectdisk
    perfectdisk is better in lower space conditions
    if you do convert the partistions to ntfs like you want to in your other thread then defragging will be faster and wont fragment as much
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2007
  4. Ice_Czar

    Ice_Czar Registered Member

    May 21, 2002
    Boulder Colorado
    those arrow appear to me to point to fragmented files

    the white areas are the fragmented freespace
    and its likely fragmented by locked files (registry ect) the defrag cant touch when booted to the OS

    as mentioned the standard Windows defrag isnt that powerful, informative or options rich. And all defrags benefit from enough space to move files around. (how much they require varies)

    keep in mind that its not alway the job of a defrag to make contiguous free space, but to simply make sure the files themselves are contiguous. A more powerful defrag can optimize the position of files on the platter based on several variables (access, date, or in the case of UltimateDefrag user preference)
  5. herbalist

    herbalist Guest

    Those small slivers of free space aren't doing any harm. In some cases, a little free space in the right places can be an advantage. An example would be free space after your swap file. The swap file can grow during heavy usage. If Windows needs to enlarge the swap file and there's no room at that location on the hard drive, the extra swap space uses another location. Instead of accessing just one area, windows now has to access 2 in different locations. Slightly slower, not as efficient.
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