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Beyond the Basics

Check for Fragmentation of Individual Files

Prior to defragmenting a disk, defragmenting utilities can report the number of fragments of any specified file. Even if the overall fragmentation percentage for a disk is at an acceptably low level, a particular file on the disk may still be excessively fragmented. If you are having problems with a file, check its fragmentation. To do this:

  1. Display the current status of the disk Follow the instructions in Step 2 of "Optimize the Disk."

  2. Select the option to display fragmentation of individual files With Speed Disk, select Show Fragmented Files from the Explore menu. If a file cannot be defragmented because it is currently open or because there is not enough free space ("disk is too full"), this will be indicated as well. From this list, you can select individual files and defragment only those files.

    Also, if you click the View button at the bottom of the main window, it will open up yet another window. Now, when you move your cursor over any section of the graphic map of your disk's file fragmentation, the additional window will show a close-up view of what is located there. The name of the file will also be indicated.

  3. Decide whether to defragment/optimize As a general guideline, if a file is divided into more than five or six fragments, and if the file has been causing any problem, strongly consider optimizing it.


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