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I have been using Linux for a few years now and I just happened to think, do Linux drives need to be defragmented? I''ve never even heard defrag mentioned in conjunction with linux, so do I need to? If so how? Jason Mickela ICQ : 873518 Excuse my speling. The V-Town Have-Nots

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All filesystems get fragmented

ext2fs supposedly is fragmentation-resistant, but if it starts to need it... (fsck shows fragmentation percentages... though mine never have gone above 1%)

ftp://sunsite.unc.edu/pub/Linux/system/filesystems/
-or-
http://e2fsprogs.sourceforge.net/ext2.html


btw, have you ever heard of google?

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The way ext2/3 and most other unix filesystems are designed, fragmentation is kept at an absolute minimum, and unless you use the same drive for years without EVER reformatting, you probably won''t ever really need to defrag it. Yet another beauty of *nix over windows.

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There are defragmenting programs available, but ext2/3 filesystems resist fragmentation unless the harddrive is 90%+ full. Only after being 90% full and then deleting things do you need to defragment.(I suppose you could defrag while 90%+ full, but that''d be stupid. Delete stuff first.)

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Original post by C-Junkie
All filesystems get fragmented

ext2fs supposedly is fragmentation-resistant, but if it starts to need it... (fsck shows fragmentation percentages... though mine never have gone above 1%)

ftp://sunsite.unc.edu/pub/Linux/system/filesystems/
-or-
http://e2fsprogs.sourceforge.net/ext2.html


btw, have you ever heard of google?



Jason Mickela
ICQ : 873518
Excuse my speling.

The V-Town Have-Nots

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