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Fragmentation Attacks the Very Speed in Which a Hard Drive Completes Requests

If you were to ask most people to list three things they couldn’t live without the majority would probably have their computer somewhere on that list. Our day-to-day life is dominated by the convenience that has been afforded us by these computers.

We work from home on our computers, we shop for clothes, tickets and cars on our computers, we read news, find events and gather information on our computers, store memorable pictures and videos on our computers, we interact with family and friends across the globe on our computers, there really is no shortage of tasks that we undertake that we don’t now rely on our computers to complete.

This reliance on computers has been built largely on their ability to handle all of these undertakings in an efficient manner. With just a click of the mouse we can book airline tickets, communicate with friends and complete work assignments. Things that use to take hours or days are now checked off in a matter of minutes.

As a culture we have become accustomed to the conveniences that our computers have created and the thought of losing that seems almost incomprehensible. Who wants to go back to the days of sitting in traffic to get to the store or post office, dig through photo albums to find that favorite picture or hunt through a stack of papers to find that bank statement?

Despite all the benefits that our computers offer there are alarming amounts of computer users who fail to protect their system from potentially devastating diseases. Even more alarming is the fact that most people are unaware of the dangers posed to their computers.

Chief among these dangers is the computer disease known as fragmentation. While many people might not be familiar with this disease there probably isn’t anything that will erase all the conveniences they’ve grown accustomed to quicker than fragmentation.

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This is because fragmentation attacks the very speed in which a hard drive completes requests. If you’ve ever waited for your computer to boot up, experienced delays in loading applications or files, had difficulty accessing and sending emails or been frustrated by slow Internet browsing then you know a little about what fragmentation can do to your computer.

These slowdowns and impediments are the result of fragmented files stored on your hard drive. Fragmented files exist because of the way in which the hard drive was designed and unless you protect your computer against this disease it will undoubtedly affect its performance.

The hard drive is designed to store files in a contiguous manner, placing files one after the next as they are saved. This presents a problem any time a saved file is modified and saved because it will no longer fit in the same space that file once occupied. The hard drive is forced to cut the added information and store it in the next available space, now you have a fragmented file. It may not seem that bad but when you consider your computer has countless files stored, continues to save thousands of temporary files each time it is turned on and there is no limit to how many pieces a file can be fragmented into the problem becomes apparent. That slowdown in response time is because your hard drive is trying to find all the fragmented pieces of information that comprise that single file your trying to recall.

This added strain on your hard drive will eventually lead to a complete crash which will result in the loss of any information that had been saved on the computer. Not exactly convenient.

So what do you do to protect your hard drive from such a crash? The solution to the danger of fragmentation is in the installation of defragmentation software. This easy to install software will not only repair any damaged files but will also prevent files from becoming fragmented in the future.

Defrag will scan the hard drive and locate the fragmented files, join the pieces that belong together, and then save them as a single unit of information. This simple act will instantly restore the speed of your computer because your hard drive is no longer forced to search for fragmented pieces but rather just deliver a single unit of information.

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An added benefit associated with defragmentation software is a longer computer life. Because the hard drive is no longer forced to work as hard it remains healthy enough to keep your life convenient for several more years.

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