Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

New Products

The Fragmentation Disease and The Unfinished Process

Unfinished anything is never any good. For example, two legendary classical music composers, Beethoven and Schumann, both left behind unfinished symphonies. Music lovers the world over wish they could have heard what should have been the final strains of those works–for we’ll never know to what aesthetic heights we might have been lifted. In Beethoven’s case, his “unfinished” symphony was his tenth, following the very famous and astounding Ninth.

In day-to-day life, leaving something unfinished is always worrisome–for it’s an “almost” but not something completed that’s truly useful. It can range from something annoying like a partially washed car, to a real burden such as a half-completed building. In the computer world, “unfinished” takes on a whole new level of bother in the form of incomplete (aborted) backups. A backup can be aborted either purposely by the operator (the time window for the backup has run out) or because there are reliability issues with the drive being backed up.

At the root of overly-long backups is usually the attempt to back up files which are too severely fragmented. Files fragmented into hundreds or thousands of fragments (not at all uncommon) require an enormous amount of extra I/O traffic to access, hence the backup time for a whole fragmented drive is greatly increased. Most sites have a very fixed time window in which backups can occur and if the entire drive can’t be backed up during this time, there is data at risk of being lost as it is not backed up.

A drive infected with the fragmentation disease also has reliability issues. When fragmentation becomes too severe, “hangs” and crashes become more likely. If one of these occurs during the backup procedure, the backup can be aborted, and if no operator is in attendance to notice (which is often the case) the problem will not be known about until morning when an IT personnel discovers it.

Unfinished backups are obviously serious business. For many companies, backing up data is the only guarantee that data will be retrievable in case of a crash or catastrophe. It is in the very best interest of enterprises everywhere to make sure that backups always complete.

In today’s frantic computing environments, the best way to ensure that backups occur within their allotted times is to employ a defrag solution that is always working, that allows for a drive to be consistently in a defragmented state. Fully automatic defragmentation works invisibly, in the background, utilizing only idle resources. Drives are always defragmented, no scheduling is ever required, and there is never a negative performance hit from defragmentation.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Put automatic defragmentation to work in your site–and eliminate unfinished backups forever.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Advertisement

Our Reviews

Reviews

BDI sets a high bar with another modern media console designed to conceal all your electronics and a sound bar in an elegant ventilated...

Reviews

Nobody needs to be reminded that the past four months have taken a toll on our collective psyches; being quarantined for months in New...

LG Electronics

The LG Tone Free Earbuds with Meridian technology include a unique UV-light disinfecting wireless charging case and are undeniably better sounding than AirPods.

LG Electronics

A go-anywhere portable wireless speaker with multi color lighting effects that leaps to the top of its class thanks to Meridian Audio technology.

Computers

Rock solid adjustable motorized standing desk that raises or lowers at the touch of a button. Budget priced at only $379.

Master & Dynamic

The Master & Dynamic MW07 Go ($199) is probably a better pick for most people, however the MW07 Plus ($299) has better sound quality...

You May Also Like

4K Projectors

All-in-one box TV solution includes an ultra short-throw laser-array projector with a 100-inch or 120-inch ambient light rejecting screen.

Bose

Second generation Bose wireless earbuds designed only for relaxing or sleeping using a proprietary list of noise masking sounds.

New Products

Versatile 8-inch wireless subwoofer can be paired with any Bluesound product and hung on the wall or slid under a couch.

Articles

The right audiophile accessories can improve the sound quality of the stereo system you already own. This guide offers affordable options for vinyl and...

Advertisement

ecoustics is the unbiased resource for the latest technology news, coolest gadgets, and best consumer electronics. Plus get product reviews, roundups and deals from all over the web on everything electronic. Read more



Copyright © 1999-2020 ecoustics | Disclaimer: ecoustics may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site.