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Old August 19th, 2011, 10:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Out of curiosity, I tested to see if my WinXPpro computer would be willing to defrag my phone memory and SD memory.

It was willing.

Is this a reasonable thing to do?

Edit: I didn't do it, but I could have done it. I defrag my computer a lot. I just wonder if it pans out for a phone like it does for a computer.

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40 views and no comment? Is it that stupid of a question?

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Android is Linux, not Windows, the system doesn't have a chance to get fragmented because Linux is constantly doing "housekeeping" in the background (Kinda says a lot about Windows, eh?). I wouldn't trust any Windows OS to do anything with a Linux OS, it's just a recipe for disaster.
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i definitely wouldn't trust a windows computer to defrag anything on my phone. If you really wanted to make sure your files are in order (sd card only), you can copy everything off, format the card, then copy
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There is no reason to defrag sd memory. The manor in which data is stored and accessed is completely different than standard hard drives.
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Cool. Thanks for the answers. PUI is not the best way to place a reasonable question out there

Anywoodle, gonna do some more backup and such and start flashing ROMs today.

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Don't ever screw with the internal memory. There have been several threads here and elsewhere in which people accidentally formatted the internal instead of the SD card when both drives showed up on the PC. Creates a situation nobody wants to be in.
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Defragging is very very bad for flash storage. There is a limit to how many times you can write to each location on the "disk". Since defragging basically rewrites the entire "disk" multiple times, it seriously eats into the life of the "disk".
It also is largely unnecessary since it has much faster seek time than a physical hard disk, and has been pointed out the storage is far less likely to become fragmented on a phone.
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All good answers. Thanks!

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You don't defrag flash memory ever. It degrades the quality of the flash memory faster. Similar to why you never defrag a SSD drive.
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The earlier poster's warnings about defragmenting flash memory is valid.

Phone memory is similar to an SSD drive and although it is popularly believed that SSDs do not fragment they do but not in the same way as a mechanical (HDD) drive does.

There is an SSD defragmenter that has been developed for flash type memory so I guess if you did need to defrag your phone memory this would be the correct tool to do it with as it wouldn't negatively effect your phone memory.

Click on this link to read the white paper on SSD defragmentation

You can click on this link for a description of how this new tech works here:

HYPERFAST SSD OPTIMIZER DESCRIPTION


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