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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.

Posted on Jul 12, 2010

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when connector is inserted into the socket (USB, e-sata, firewire) Windows will automatically detect it. You can find your external Hard drive in My Computer, normally labeled removable drive. You can then double click it to access the information on the drive, or copy information to the drive. This means you can easily make a back up of all your files. Now if you so wish you can store it for backup purposes or you can use it to transfer information, contained on it, to another Computer/Laptop. An external Hard drive does not make your computer faster, but it does in a sense make your computer perform better,as it takes away the need for that data to be stored of your main boot hard drive. Therefore making virus scans on your PC run quicker and your PC has more space on it's main boot hard drive to perform tasks if it needs to.

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The file transfer speed for my external hard drive is extremely slow...as in it takes days to transfer a few gigs. In addition, it takes forever for the computer to read the hard drive. It was not always...


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