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Published: 17 Oct 2012

Defragmenting your disks is a lot like flossing your teeth: Both are great preventative measures that are often neglected until it's too late. A server full of fragmented files--like a mouth full of cavities--can be painful to fix. Yet for many storage managers, disk defragmentation--the process of rearranging fragmented files so empty storage spaces can be reused--has been "lost in the shuffle of priorities," says Laura Didio, a senior analyst at The Yankee Group, Boston, MA. "It's been overlooked as a housekeeping chore," says Didio. "If you're a CTO and your budget's been slashed, you say: 'I can get by without defragging.' But you're only putting off inevitable problems." Those problems can range from downtime because of application errors to an outright crash, not to mention man hours spent on troubleshooting slow servers, increased calls to the help desk and possibly even buying new hardware, says Didio. "Even a moderately fragmented server can chip away at performance," says Bob Nolan, president and CEO of Raxco Software, Gaithersburg, MD, maker of ... Access >>>

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