1.    11 Apr 2016 #1
    Join Date : Aug 2015
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    Defrag Network Drive

    Can I defrag a USB drive that is attached to my router without removing the drive and attaching it locally to my desktop?
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  2.    11 Apr 2016 #2
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    I'm not 100% sure, but i don't think this can be done.

    Mainly because, when defragging a drive, the location of the data is very important, but with network communication, i don't think this is being sent. So it would be hard to read and re-locate/write this data to another location.

    Also, performance-wise i don't think this would be the ideal situation ... .
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  3.    11 Apr 2016 #3
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    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 32-bit 10586

    I just checked my drives, On the left is my C: drive on the right is My USB drive connected to my router NOTE: there are no option's to run Disk Clean also no tools tab where defrag is.
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  4.    11 Apr 2016 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie210 View Post
    Can I defrag a USB drive that is attached to my router without removing the drive and attaching it locally to my desktop?
    More than likely your network is going to be the bottleneck in accessing the USB drive - not fragmentation of the files. To me defragging the drive would only increase physical wear and tear on it and not improve data transfer rates.
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  5.    11 Apr 2016 #5
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    A disk defrag cannot be done on a network drive. This requires a low level of access to the drive that is not supported over a network connection.
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  6.    11 Apr 2016 #6
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    Thanks for everyone's response.
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