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I've never heard any evidence either way so I'm looking to find an answer.
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I've never heard any evidence either way so I'm looking to find an answer.
Defragging a disk drive increases its response to opening large files or programs (sequential reads). It reduces disk "chatter" (random reads) from your drive and overall makes your experience as an end user much more pleasant. I don't see why you wouldn't defrag if you're on HDD.

Solid states is a different story as you don't need to defrag those because reads are so fast to begin with.
    
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i defrag roughly every 2 weeks or so,when i notice my drives getting sluggish (especially my 250GB game drive)

it also helps to defrag your registry once a month!
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Like opening a folder with lots of large files, defrag the drive it should in theory open faster and show all the contents quicker.
    
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Only if it has been a while and you installed and uninstalled a bunch of apps. That is when you will really notice.
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Only if it has been a while and you installed and uninstalled a bunch of apps. That is when you will really notice.
the longer you leave it the slower the drive gets response wise.
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I get what the concept is but is their any HARD evidence for its benefits?
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I get what the concept is but is their any HARD evidence for its benefits?
my brothers pc has never had a defrag in the last 4 years, hes gone through 4 hard disks, refusing to let me do it each time, ive been running the same WD black since '08, and FYI, my game drive is a "dreaded" seagate 7200.11, that has never had a problem for the time ive had it, gets a defrag every 2 weeks
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post #9 of 19
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I get what the concept is but is their any HARD evidence for its benefits?
It used to be necessary. Old hard drives used to spin data in a scattered fashion across the disk. Newer hard drives don't really have that problem. Oh and a defragged SSD...Set windows to open stuff with one click. Start bf3. Observe.
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the longer you leave it the slower the drive gets response wise.
exactly
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