defragment

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de- +‎ fragment

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  • IPA(key): /diːfɹæɡˈmɛnt/, /diːˈfɹæɡmɛnt/

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defragment (third-person singular simple present defragments, present participle defragmenting, simple past and past participle defragmented)

  1. (computing) To run a process that collects fragments of files and sorts them into contiguous sections on one or more hard disks or hard disk partitions, thus speeding up file management.
    • 2013, Dan Gookin, PCs For Dummies[1], John Wiley & Sons, →ISBN:
      SSDs don't need defragmenting. Windows wont' even let you try to defragment an SSD. However, if you could defragment an SSD, you might shorten the device's lifespan.

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