Definition: Short stroking

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Short stroking: The practice of formatting a disk drive such that data is written only to the outer sectors of the disk's platters. In I/O-intensive environments, this increases performance, as it reduces the time spent by the drive actuator seeking sectors on a platter. However, short stroking also wastes a substantial portion of the disk drive's capacity.
This was last published in July 2005

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