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Puran Defrag - "Fill gaps to avoid frequent fragmentation" :/

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OK before people start trying to tell me what this feature does - i get it wink.gif (well to some extent anyway lol) (Edit: maybe i didnt get it as much as i thought i did!)

What i dont get is - if this program is filling in the random gaps with data to help prevent/slow future fragmentation - are we just losing those blocks of data on the drive? when can another program use these filled blocks to write data to again, and how does any other program know if and when its ok to write data to these blocks/gaps that have been filled?

Normally you would uninstall a program or manually delete data so that the operating system and other programs know that these blocks are free for writing data to again. I just don't get what data is being written to these blocks (probably just some dummy files) and how we are supposed to free them again without using puran defrag to do so (i dont want to be bound to using puran defrag until the day i format my hdd).

I hope this makes sense! Really hope someone can help clear this up for me because i emailed the support for this program and they didnt get back to me which didnt give me much confidence in this feature. cheers all smile.gif
Edited by ET900 - 3/31/12 at 6:30am
post #2 of 9
It's not going to be filling gaps with nothing, it's just not going to leave any when reordering the files one the drive. "Dummy files" or garbage data would be contrary to the point of defragmentation.

That said, such aggressive free space consolidation isn't always the best way to optimize a drive.
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It's not going to be filling gaps with nothing, it's just not going to leave any when reordering the files one the drive. "Dummy files" or garbage data would be contrary to the point of defragmentation.
That said, such aggressive free space consolidation isn't always the best way to optimize a drive.

well dummy files in random gaps would actually help with preventing fragmentation if you think about it, though they would just waste space on the drive which isnt good. if it works how you say though then i think the same as you that such aggressive defragmentation isnt necessarily the best way of optimizing a drive. i was thinking that maybe it'd be good just to use the "filling gaps" option for defrags once in a while rather than every defrag but have been concerned about doing so as i didnt quite understand the feature and didnt want to lose any hdd space or anything. thanks for the reply thumb.gif
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Just let windoze do it once a week while you're sleeping rolleyes.gif
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Just let windoze do it once a week while you're sleeping rolleyes.gif

no i dont like these tasks to be automated lol. besides windows defrag cant do it at boot time like puran defrag tongue.gif puran defrag is sweet because i can set it to reboot, defrag and then shutdown the computer. so that way i can just set it to do that when i go to bed when it needs doing smile.gif
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You switch you're rig off? redface.gif
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You switch you're rig off? redface.gif

haha not often, i normally just put it to sleep and occasionally restart it. but for defragging at boot time you have to restart it!
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What's with the defrag obsession anyway?
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What's with the defrag obsession anyway?

obession!? lol! im just one of those people that has to understand how things work a lot of the time you know. i never just install programs and use them - im always going through the settings like "right what the hell does this do!?. I BETTER GET SEARCHING AND FIND OUT!" Sometimes its a bit doh.gif but i cant rest until i know the answers lol!
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