Like other operating systems, when you store a file on Mac OS X hard drive, it is fragmented and stored on different locations that are not contiguous. Disk fragmentation is a situations, in which the disk storage space is employed inefficiently. Fragmentation reduces storage capacity of the hard drive and system performance in most of the cases. In some cases of fragmentation, specifically ‘heavy fragmentation’ and ‘fragmentation in the partition table’, you may face file system and partition corruption like situation. Such cases eventually leads to data loss and requires File recovery mac to be handled, if the backup is not in place.
Mac OS X operating system does a tremendous job to minimize the file fragmentation by writing the files back in contiguous space, when you open the file. The process is applied on the file that are less than 20 MB in size and has over 8 fragments. It works pretty effectively for preventing heavy file fragmentation, however it cannot prevent the free space fragmentation and fragmentation of files that are larger than 20 MB in size.
Effects of File Fragmentation
High fragmentation of files on your Mac OS X hard drive affects system performance. Your system may start freezing during general system operations and taking so long time to respond. In such situations, the system may also crash and critical data structures of your system may get damaged.
Another effect of heavy fragmentation can be file system and partition table corruption. When the files get fragmented quite heavily on your disk, file system may become faulty. In such situations, you face critical data loss situations.
It also prevents you from creating BootCamp partitions and configuring your system as dual-boot with Microsoft Windows operating system. Creating BootCamp partition requires free contiguous space on hard drive.
Defragment Hard Drive
You should periodically defragment your Mac OS X hard drive to prevent disk fragmentation and system failure like situations. You can use third-party applications to effectively defragment the hard drive.
If you do not defragment your drive on time and face data loss situations, Data Recovery Mac is here for your rescue. Mac Data Recovery is best possible using powerful and advanced third-party applications, known as Mac Recovery Software. They enable absolute recovery in all data loss scenarios, using advanced scanning algorithms.
Stellar Phoenix Macintosh Data Recovery software recovers lost data from Mac OS X hard drives easily and safely. It is designed for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, 10.5 Leopard, 10.4 Tiger, and 10.3.9 Panther. The software supports recovery of inaccessible Mac data from HFS, HFS+, HFSX, HFS Wrapper, and FAT file system volumes.
When Disk Fragmentation Become a Problem in Mac OS