Defrag Network Drive


  1. Posts : 30
    Windows 10 Home
       #1

    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. Posts : 116
    W10
       #2

    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. Posts : 821
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       #3

    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.
    Defrag Network Drive-difference-drives.jpg
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  4. Posts : 18,407
    Windows 11 Pro
       #4

    Charlie210 said:
    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. Posts : 1,254
    Windows 10 Pro
       #5

    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. Posts : 30
    Windows 10 Home
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Thanks for everyone's response.
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