In all the years that I have been defragging systems, I have NOT ONCE lost a file that way.Originally posted by buffsldr
Avoid defragging when possible. It can introduce more problems than it actually solves. It may lose files. Rather... copy all your drive onto another drive, delete the original, then copy back. If you dont have room or a second drive, do it in largest steps possible. This will help.
I'm sure that works....but doesn't it seem like a hell of a lot of work to do?!Originally posted by Mac_User
I save all my important stuff. Then I re-format the hard drive, and reinstall my stuff. Works like a charm! Although you shouldn't do this often, so i dont!
Can you tell me more about your system? I think degragging offers higher returns for ide drives at <5200 rpm as compared to scsi drives. I just dont see it being a problem. I have a 30 gb 5400 deskstar and a 40 gb 7200 deskstar. Maybe it happens so slowly that i just dont notice the performance drops. LateOriginally posted by AlphaTech
I can see where defragging from windblows utilities causes lost files... The Mac utilities on the other hand function about 100x better. All you have to do is boot from the utility cd and let nature take it's course.
I would probably be gun shy to do it too if I had lost files, but since I have yet to on the Mac, I trust it. I have run Speed Disk hundreds, if not thousands, of times on many, many systems ranging from PowerPC to the current G4's with no ill effects.
The less technically savy people might be scared to do the wipe and re-install path. One thing that will not fix though, is fragmented files... that requires some kind of utility.
One other thing... I run the defrag after I do a complete system config, and it always finds fragmentation. So the 'clean' system after a complete wipe and install, is still fragmented. Also DiskWarrior almost always finds items to fix, that increases performance. Just something to keep in mind.
Exactly. The process of defragging is pretty simple and would be hard to screw up. Now if there was a disk error, thats a whole other ball game...Originally posted by Gelfin
If you lost files while defragging, then most likely there were some errors on the drive to start with that should have been corrected using your favorite disk repair utility before you ran the defrag. Most defraggers these days force you to check disk integrity first for exactly this reason.