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Old 05. Dec 2009, 02:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Linux needs defrag?

Does Linux need defragmenting? Some say yes, some say no. What do you think?

Why doesn't Linux need defragmenting?

Why does Linux need defragmenting?

"There are actually more than 25 reasons that organizations around the world are converting to Linux and other free software. A twenty-sixth reason is that with Linux, in contrast to the Microsoft Windows operating systems, there is no need to defragment HDDs."
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Old 05. Dec 2009, 11:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Does Linux need defragmenting? Some say yes, some say no. What do you think?
After reading both articles I am leaning on the side of not defragging. It just doesn't seem to be worth the possibility of the cure causing even more harm.

I also think its not easy for new linux users to realize the fundamental differences between Linux and Windows. Although they both share some common computing principles.

Very provocative question that actually made me learn something

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Very provocative question that actually made me learn something
Ya, there's no one absolute answer to it. Whether defragmentation is necessary is to do with the file systems and the type of disks being used.

File systems such as NTFS and most Linux file systems are designed to decrease the likelihood of fragmentation, and defragmentation is also not recommended on SSD, according to Wiki.
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Does Linux need defragmenting? Some say yes, some say no. What do you think?

Why doesn't Linux need defragmenting?
According to the article above, it says that files stored in the Linux filesystems are spaced to avoid fragments right? Now what would happen if you were to download files via torrents where the bits and bytes of a file are downloaded randomly, then wouldn't that mean fragments are inevitable and defragmenting may be necessary?
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