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What is the purpose of disk defragmenting?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by bobbyjonesrocks, Dec 26, 2007.

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  1. bobbyjonesrocks

    bobbyjonesrocks Thread Starter

    Jul 6, 2007

    Not to brag, but I know enough about computers. Yet one of the things that I have never found was the purpose of disk defragmenting. I was wondering if anyone could put it in simple terms for me. Is it reliable? Is there any risk involved?

    Thanks and happy holidays!
  2. Noyb

    Noyb Trusted Advisor

    May 25, 2005
    Files can be stored in pieces all over your HD ... wherever Windows finds available space.
    Defragging organizes the pieces in one place .. so your HD doesn't have to look all over the HD to collect the Pieces/Parts

    This speeds up the collection of files .. and your computer runs faster.
    Yes ... it's safe.

    It's like reading a book at the library ... where the pages are all over the place ...
    wherever the librarian found a hole to stuff a page.
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