Does defragmenting your hard drives, including the ones you use for recording audio, really result in better PC performance? Opinion is divided, so we take a considered look at the subject, as well as testing some of the most suitable 'defragger' utilities.
THIS JUNE 2005 PC MUSICIAN COVERS:
What's Fragmentation? - scattered file fragments, bringing them back together, the possible benefits of doing so.
Internal Disk Geometry - multiple platters and read/write heads, claims, cons, and real-world results.
Defragging Guidelines - Mac OS X vs Windows, Free Space, fragmentation thresholds, background and timed defragging.
When To Defrag An Audio Drive - natural interleaving of live multi-track recordings, audio editing, head thrashing, faster backup.
Microsoft's Bundled Defragger - limitations, low speed, refusal to defragment some files.
Defragging Tips - Free Space, creating several smaller partitions, separate 'Current Project' partition.
Executive Software Diskeeper 9 Pro - mini-review.
Raxco Software Perfect Disk Workstation - mini-review.
O & O Defrag 6.5 - mini-review.
HDD Health - freeware failure-prediction agent mini-review.
Final Thoughts - general advice, checking fragmentation levels, the best defragger utility for the PC Musician.