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Should external hard drives be defragmented?

Should external hard drives be defragmented or just the main c drive? We do a lot of video work and the hardrives holding the files indicate they should be defraged.

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It is good praktice to defragment also external hard drives but main problem with external hard drives is type of conection with computer (usb, firewire or SCSI) that will determinate speed, especialy when you work with video.

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Ultimate Defrag is a freeware defrag program.

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