Hard Drive Defragmenter

thebeephaha

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Whats a good one?

I head iDefrag is good but I was hoping there might be a free one that can do not only HFS+ but maybe even FAT32.

Many people think defragmentation is not needed with OS X but their wrong, just look it up on the internet, many sites document is has worse issues with fragmentation than Windows does.
 

thebeephaha

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Sep 4, 2006
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Thanks but it didn't entirely answer my question, theres just a lot of bickering about whether or not its useful to defragment, from my experience it is, all I really wanted to know was is there a good app thats free?

If not, no big deal, I'll go buy iDefrag.
 

bousozoku

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The only free one is built into Mac OS X version 10.3 and above.

The people who think that defragementing HFS+ volumes is more necessary than FAT32 don't know how things work apparently. We've gone over this in these forums again and again. Since the original HFS in 1985, Macs have been fragmentation resistant and you'll spend more time defragmenting than the speed increase you'll receive. I know, I've done it. Of course, you would have seen that already in that thread, right?
 

clevin

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Aug 6, 2006
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its hard to say, if a user frequently in a cycle of downloading big stuff, burning the file to DVD, then the disk is always like "near full->empty->near full again->empty......", Im not sure if that meets apple's description of "no need for defrag"