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How do I defragment my hard drive in Linux?

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Posted: 25 May 2005

Q:
When I was using Windows, I had to run a defragmentation program quite often to speed up my computer. Where do I do this in Linux?

A:
Unlike Windows' filesystems, most filesystems that run on Linux have no need of being defragemented because they prevent fragments from occurring in the first place.

If you use the default filesystem (ReiserFS), you'll never have to defragment your hard drive as long as you use it.

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