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How Do You Defragment An External Hard Drive?


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Hi everyone I recently purchased a 500GB Segate Free Agent Pro external USB hard drive. I'd like to know how I can defragment it for optimal performance being that it's an external USB drive and not internal.

I opened up windows xp's defragment software in my accessories and my external drive did indeed show up in the list. But is it safe to use the windows xp tool? I don't want to damage it!

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Edited by superstar, 28 March 2008 - 01:30 AM.

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Quite safe, superstar. Only difference you'll notice is it will take a fair bit longer since the data takes longer to be shifted around via a USB interface compared to a SATA or PATA interface; though that will also depend, of course, on how much data there is to deal with.

Edited by pip22, 28 March 2008 - 01:12 PM.

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I'm a piriform fan, and have used their "Defraggler" on my flashdrives and external drive. I highly recommend it for use if you don't want to use XP's.
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I'm a piriform fan, and have used their "Defraggler" on my flashdrives and external drive. I highly recommend it for use if you don't want to use XP's.

I can only find a Beta version?
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I'm a piriform fan, and have used their "Defraggler" on my flashdrives and external drive. I highly recommend it for use if you don't want to use XP's.

I can only find a Beta version?



The beta will work fine. :)
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