file fragmentation

   Storage of files in pieces scattered on a disk. As files grow on a hard disk, they can be divided into several small pieces. By fragmenting files, the operating system makes reasonable use of the disk space available. The problem with file fragmentation is that the disk heads must move to different locations on the disk to read or write to a fragmented file. This process takes more time than reading the file as a single piece. To speed up file operations, you can use a disk optimizer or defragmenter.
   See also FAT16; FAT32; defragmenter.

Dictionary of networking . 2014.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • File Fragmentation —   [dt. Dateifragmentierung], Fragmentierung …   Universal-Lexikon

  • file fragmentation — condition in which a file is spread out in several segments across the surface of a disk …   English contemporary dictionary

  • File system fragmentation — In computing, file system fragmentation, sometimes called file system aging, is the inability of a file system to lay out related data sequentially (contiguously), an inherent phenomenon in storage backed file systems that allow in place… …   Wikipedia

  • file allocation table —    Abbreviated FAT, pronounced [fat]. A table, maintained by the operating systems, that lists all the blocks of disk space available on a disk.    The FAT includes the location of each block, as well as whether it is in use, available for use,… …   Dictionary of networking

  • fragmentation —    See file fragmentation …   Dictionary of networking

  • Fragmentation (Informatique) — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Fragmentation. En informatique, la fragmentation peut désigner plusieurs concepts : la fragmentation d un disque dur (ou de tout autre support de données contenant un système de fichier), la fragmentation de …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Fragmentation (computing) — In computer storage, fragmentation is a phenomenon in which storage space is used inefficiently, reducing storage capacity and in most cases reducing the performance. The term is also used to denote the wasted space itself. There are three… …   Wikipedia

  • Fragmentation (computer) — In computer storage, fragmentation is a phenomenon in which storage space is used inefficiently, reducing storage capacity. The term is also used to denote the wasted space itself.There are three different but related forms of fragmentation:… …   Wikipedia

  • File Allocation Table — For other uses, see Fat (disambiguation). FAT Developer Microsoft Full Name File Allocation Table FAT12 (12‑bit version) FAT16/FAT16B (16‑bit versions) FAT32 (32‑bit version with 28 bits used) Introduced …   Wikipedia

  • File system — For library and office filing systems, see Library classification. Further information: Filing cabinet A file system (or filesystem) is a means to organize data expected to be retained after a program terminates by providing procedures to store,… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.