Defragmentation: should I defragment my servers?

xplogoLast week I asked myself: why do I leave all my Windows 2003 servers the way they are, while I defragment my Windows XP machine every month to keep it running smoothly? Aren’t the servers far more important in a professional organization?

So I just logged in to my domain controller and checked the fragmentation… 60%! We had probably never run the Windows build-in disk defragmenter before, since our migration from NT4 to 2003.

Because we have not that many servers (20 or so), I ran the disk defragmenter on every server manually. After almost an hour, I had defragment every server. Now you probably wonder: is it useful to defragment a server? Well, I’m not sure what the increase of performance is, so maybe nobody will ever notice… On the other hand: what’s the loss? I’m sure my machines aren’t slower and I’m sure it saves 1% of disk space on every disk (woohoo! )

My advice: just defragment your servers, every 6 months or so. It has no disadvantage and it takes very little time to run. Besides, if you schedule the task, it may even take less.

2 thoughts on “Defragmentation: should I defragment my servers?

  1. Just install an intelligent automatic defragmenter on the server(s) and let it defragment in the background when there are free resources. You don’t have to waste your time running defrag manually or scheduling it for off-peak hours, but you still get your drives defragged.

  2. Hi,

    Interesting post. I have to agree with you, and I would say that it is critical to defragment servers on a regular basis, even more than every 6 months. As I work with a vendor of disk defragmentation software, you would expect me to make that case. But it is also true that every day small businesses, as well as many of the world’s largest enterprises, determine that they need to regularly defragment their servers — thoroughly, defragmenting files that the built-in defragmenter cannot defragment, as well as consolidate free space. And manage it easily and do it automatically, so you don’t need to take an hour or more to do it – you actually don’t need to devote any time, since it is done automatically for you.

    Joe Abusamra

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