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Platinum Edition Using® Microsoft® Windows® XP by Brian Knittel, Robert Cowart

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Defragmenting for Greater Speed

Not too long ago, the average hard drive was smaller than 1GB and the FAT16 file system was king. As time passed, larger hard drives and more efficient file systems, such as FAT32 and NTFS, were introduced. With the NTFS file system came the untruth that an NTFS drive never got fragmented. The absence of a built-in defragementation utility in Windows NT 4.0 only added to this myth. Even today, with the super large hard drives in use and the extremely efficient NTFS 5.0 file system, disk fragmentation is a problem still.

Windows XP continues the positive trend begun in Windows 2000 with the inclusion of a “lite” version of Executive Software's Diskeeper for performing disk defragementation. You can access the Disk ...

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