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SATA and frequent fragmentation?

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December 16, 2003 2:09:02 AM

Just started the SATA drives and noticed that they tend to fragment much faster then parallel drives. Once was once a month defrag is almost a daily defrag. Anyone else notice this?

Barton 2500+ @ 2200mhz (10x220 vcore @ 1.775)
Asus A7N8X Dlx 440 FSB
1gb Geil GD pc3500 Dual Channel (2-3-3-6)
Segata 80gb SATA 8.5ms seek
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro(420/700)
December 16, 2003 3:02:44 AM

AFAIK fragmentation is a software/user thing.

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December 16, 2003 12:53:42 PM

Same software and maybe less usage due to the holidays. Good this I made my boot partition a small one so the defrag doesnt take that long. Just think this is odd.

Barton 2500+ @ 2200mhz (10x220 vcore @ 1.775)
Asus A7N8X Dlx 440 FSB
1gb Geil GD pc3500 Dual Channel (2-3-3-6)
Segata 80gb SATA 8.5ms seek
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro(420/700)
December 16, 2003 3:03:03 PM

As far as I know, and ever experienced, there are no problems with fragmentation due to SATA drives.

They are just storage devices, and while they can at times determine how best to execute commands in the end they only execute commands that are given to them.

In Windows NT family this procedure can sometimes help with fragmentation problems.

1 - Set the page file starting and maximum size to zero
2 - Reboot the system (Ignore the warning)
3 - Degragment the drive (If you have less than 50% free you may want to defragment twice)
4 - Reboot the system
5 - Set the paging file starting and maximum size to be the same (You will need to determine what size works for you? Generally, I set 256+RAM SIZE.)

Often this can help to clear up frequent defragmentation issues.

The rest of the issue is solely the software that you are using.
December 16, 2003 6:14:16 PM

Yeah, I just set my page file to 1.5 GB static. Defrag shows it as one continuous block of space. It's great.

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