Re: Defragmenting disks under Linux
From: M3 Freak (m3freak_at_rogers.com)
To: firstname.lastname@example.org, For users of Fedora Core releases <email@example.com> Date: Tue, 06 Apr 2004 17:30:14 -0400
On Tue, 2004-04-06 at 16:30, Chris Jones wrote:
> As a long-time user of various Windoze "distro's" (from win3.11 all the
> way to Win2k), I have come to recognise that one needs to regularly
> de-frag hard-disks under windoze.
> My question is:-
> Is linux susceptible to fragmentation?
> If so, then what tool is best to cure it, and keep it cured?
You'll find that Linux filesystems don't fragment anywhere near as much
as the Windows filesystems. Case in point: my crappy little Dell XPS
M200s is 1.5% fragmented, and it's on 24x7 (since it's my multimedia,
network storage and print server). My laptop's boot and root partitions
(simple, default partition setup) are 0% and 2% fragmented. It's been
running RH9 and was recently upgraded to FC1.
If things do get out of hand in some way and your filesystems do start
to fragment more than, say, 10%, you can simply copy everything out of
the affected filesystem, and copy the data back. That should eliminate
However, I think you'll find fragmentation is going to be non-existent.
Systems Aligned Inc.
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