What happened to defragment?

September 6, 2019 at 03:59:27
Specs: Alcatel
What happened to defragment? I found disk cleanup but defragment is nowhere to be found. Does windows 10 have an equivalent?

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September 6, 2019 at 04:23:57

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#2
September 6, 2019 at 06:56:26
Note - you don't need to defragment SSDs.

Indeed many would say that you definitely should not do this. But leave it up to Windows and it will do what is necessary.


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September 6, 2019 at 07:30:17
Just for info, most things in Win 10 can be found by typing them in search. Either defrag or optimise finds it. Whether you need to do it is another matter - see others.

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#4
September 10, 2019 at 02:49:03
There was & still is a question whether or not defrag actually helps. And this was before SSD.

The theory is data retrieval is slower when the used data blocks are spread out, as opposed to gathered together. I think that for mechanical drives, it must have made impact, but the degree to which remains a good question. I guess the reason is very simple: it depends how you use a disk. Thus, it may be benficial for case 1, and not for case 2.

Entering : SSD. Besides being faster in general, they are faster as well to go to any location on the disk, mainly because there is no physical action going on. Thus, the above problem is less of an issue. Less than not being an issue in the first place ? Maybe.

An argument contra is the fact that defragmenting on itself is a lot of action on the disk. So, if there is no benefit, and there is a cost to it, that doesn't sound like anything you should be doing. Right ?


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#5
September 10, 2019 at 09:51:10
Leaving SSD aside I think the need for defrag was much more when disks were slower. The benefit these days is much less.

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