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11 Jul 2011
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What about defragmenting HDD on PS3?

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How do you do that?

 

Cannot find in XMB.

 

Any hidden menues?

 

Disk i halvfull, and numerous patches and install and erase have been performed.

On a PC it's time to defragment/compact disk.

 

Thanks.

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Re: What about defragmenting HDD on PS3?

There is no defrag option for the PS3.

 

I've looked into it in the past and it's all a bit murky on the defrag side. Some say the PS3 performs a 'micro defrag' whenever you delete/install anything but I dunno. Either way, you can't.

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Re: What about defragmenting HDD on PS3?

Thanks for instant reply.

 

Sounds strange to me.....back to the 80's kind of.

 

In the end it must give a stuttering effect when loading scenes and just poor performance.

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Re: What about defragmenting HDD on PS3?

I know, you'd expect any HDD to fragment to some extent regardless of the OS.

 

I'm told the PS3 OS is linux based, do Linux PC's need defragmenting?

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Re: What about defragmenting HDD on PS3?

Yes, I heard about it's Linux.

 

The early versions had an option to get access to it, an open kind of architecture.

 

Then they put a stop to that(for hacking reasons I guess).

 

I think Linux needs defragmenting as any other OS on the HDD, sooner or later.

 

But algorithms to allocate may be clever in the sense they use up the full HD with new stuff until needing to use up holes in the middle. The use of contiguous files would make that happend.

 

But at one point you cannot get a contiguous file of the size you want and it will get scattered all over the disk.

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Re: What about defragmenting HDD on PS3?

Backup, format and restore is about the closest you'll get to it.

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Re: What about defragmenting HDD on PS3?


C_e_r_e_b_u_s wrote:

Backup, format and restore is about the closest you'll get to it.


 

Restoring requires you to format. :smileywink:

 

And you'll need the 'full format' option for best results. Shame about the time it takes! :smileyindifferent:

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Re: What about defragmenting HDD on PS3?

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The PS3 is based off a Linux platform, and handles it's file structure in a way where the files do not become fragmented. There is no need to defragment a PS3, because they never fragment in the first place.

Also, Macs are this way too. Windows is the only one that requires defragmenting.

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Re: What about defragmenting HDD on PS3?

That was taking from here

http://community.us.playstation.com/thread/802591?start=0&tstart=0

 

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Re: What about defragmenting HDD on PS3?

Linux does fragment. I use ubuntu on my PC, and after 2 1/2 months the ext4 main partition has a whopping 0.18% fragmentation.

 

PS3 shouldn't need defragmenting, but I have noticed a massive slowdown of the XMB loading time over the last 12 months, despite the fact that the amount of free space I have staying the same. 

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