Computer questions again....

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Bobo, Apr 1, 2006.

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  1. Gunny

    Gunny Shoutbox Fuhrer

    what is the point of disk defragmentation?

    Also I seem to have lost some RAM, how is that possible?
  2. Broken Record

    Broken Record Biscuit Eater Staff

    When you write/move/save files on a disk, the computer takes the first available amount of hard drive space for the file. Fragmentation happens when parts of one file get written to different parts of the disk. This occurs especially when you have large files that are being moved around (audio, video, etc.), but will happen eventually as your disk ages.
    Disk defragmentation basically "reorganizes" the files so that they are in better order and can be searched, opened and edited faster. It never hurts to defrag, even if the disk doesn't say it needs it.

    What do you mean by "lost some RAM"?
  3. Defragging doesn't help as much as it used to now that hard drives are faster than they once were. I'm sure it helps a bit, but probably not that much.

    As for the RAM, it's possible that the memory chip went bad. Not sure of any other explaination...
  4. Gunny

    Gunny Shoutbox Fuhrer

    well apparently this CPU has 256MB of RAM, the system says its 192.

    So i am guessing the chip is eff you see kayed.

    I gotta get a new one anyway.
  5. Has it always said 192 or did it used to say 256?
  6. Gunny

    Gunny Shoutbox Fuhrer

    not sure, on the CPU it has all the specifications saying 256 but i checked it out on the system settings not too long ago and it said 192. But I am not sure what it said when i first got it.
  7. Puck

    Puck Pro Bowler

    look at the drive for a moment
    Imagine it is a CD
    add 20 different songs (files / programs)
    over time, you delete songs 7 / 15 / and 19

    now you have large gaps of information unavailable for use - fragmentation

    defragmentating rearranges the overall drive information back into a uniform order - without the gaps - defragmentation
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