Why and How to Defragment Linux hard Drive?

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Do you see your Linux system running slow? The one reason could be the fragmentation in the hard disk. Sounds strange to hear? Till now, you might have heard that Linux file system don’t need defragging as whole of the system is organized and lets file saving in a sequential way. But, this is not true up to 100%. Though the noticeable effects could be late (almost when 95% of hard disk becomes full), but the fragmentation in the Linux file systems is the truth.

Now where fragmentation means the file is lying in the broken pieces, spread over different parts of hard drive, defragmentation is the exactly reverse process of making sure that no file is fragmented. Each of the file, you have, should lie on one contiguous area of the hard disk so that there is no stress on the file system and read/write head to access the data. More fragments of the file means there are more difficulties for Linux OS to perform. Your system may run slow as now it has to seek many areas of the hard drive to have a single file access.

On top of that, file corruption and data loss cases are common with excessive fragmentation. So Linux users need to have defragging of their hard drive on the regular basis.

How to have defragmentation?

In Ext2 and Ext3 file systems, ‘defrag’ utility is the cure to have. But its application needs few set of precautions so as to avoid any Linux recovery need.

First make the backup of the drive, preferably as an image of drive, as any wrong thing like power-failure, can make whole of the data gone. Secondly, in the process you are going to make an entirely new file system, so don’t perform the procedure when you are not sure of the any step.

In ext3 file system, the application demands that it should be converted into Ext2 first. But, this may create a data loss scenario as it may not know how to deal with the new features of Ext3 file system.

In any of the case, when you face data loss, either due to the fault of not making backup, file system corruption or faults in the defrag process, data recovery Linux assures no regret. The concept of data loss doesn’t end with data recovery Linux, but in fact with the intended software utilities, you can recover all you have lost. Linux recovery software are the programs, built to scan and recover all the lost data in an interactive way.

Stellar Phoenix Linux Data Recovery software works out the best in Linux data recovery field. The software advantages data recovery Linux in all data loss cases for Ext2, Ext3 and Resier FS file systems. Through the graphically rich user interface of this Linux recovery software, the whole task is quite easy and valuable.