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Fragmentation, Recognized as a Computer Disease Only Gets Worse When Left Untreated

Almost every company in operation today relies on the internet in some capacity. Whether it’s through something as simple as email or as encompassing as a web-based catalog for online shopping, the internet has become as necessary to a business’s success as any other factor today.

What the internet has ingrained in just about every visitor is that what we want, we can get, and quickly. Anybody who has ever grown accustomed to browsing the internet knows speed is the name of the game. There may have been a time when people were willing to wait for a page to load but those days are long gone. It’s all about how quickly you can give the people what they want.

While the internet remains the same no matter what computer you access it from, the speed by which you move is largely determined by the ability of the hard drive.

For companies that rely heavily on the internet to keep their business in the black maintaining the health of their computer network should be priority number one. Keeping a healthy computer network will keep things moving quickly and, in turn, produce satisfied clients and customers that want to come back.

So in order to keep a computer network healthy we must understand what to look for when diagnosing a potential problem. At the top of that list is slow computer performance. There may be several contributing factors to a computer network slowing down but quite often the main culprit is fragmentation.

Fragmentation, recognized as a computer disease because it only gets worse when left untreated, will almost certainly send a computer network crashing if steps aren’t taken to prevent such a catastrophe.

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Businesses that rely on the internet can ill afford a slow computer network. If that network is carrying an excessive amount of fragmented files the results could spell disaster for the company. This is because a fragmented hard drive will slow down not only their browsing capabilities but their ability to load pages and applications, check and respond to emails, and recall saved files.

Fragmented files exist due to the manner in which a hard drive saves information. Because the hard drive places more emphasis on free space when saving a file rather than keeping things organized, things can get a bit messy. Problems are created when a saved file is modified and then resaved. If that file is larger than it was when originally saved it will no longer fit in the same space. Rather than look for enough space to keep the entire field as one piece the hard drive will fill the original space and then cut the excess and save it in another space. Now you have a fragmented file.

When you try to recall that file again it will take longer because your computer will have to search for the pieces that comprise the one file. That may seem insignificant at first thought but when you realize that your hard drive is saving thousands of temporary files and cache files you’ll quickly realize that your hard drive is a breeding ground for fragmentation.

Fortunately there is an easy solution to fragmentation and it doesn’t required purchasing a new computer network system. Rather, it’s as simple as installing defragmentation software on the network. By doing this the fragmented pieces of a file are joined together and saved as a single file. This dramatically increases the speed at which the network will operate. The best part about installing defragmentation software is that it continues to work. There are no monthly fees or subscriptions to sign up for, it’s as easy as going to a computer retailer and asking for defrag software.

Businesses serious about maintaining an internet presence and sustaining customer satisfaction should certainly take the time to install defragmentation software for their computer network system because once those customers leave they’re extremely hard to get back.

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