As we know hard drives become fragmented over time from adding and removing files. How exactly does a PS3 defrag it's hard drive?. If you don't defrag a drive it begins to thrash over time from persistant searches for data jumping over sectors of unwritten, and overwritten blocks. I've never seen a mention of this. Prolonged fragmenting can lead to a hard drive failure..
Windows user OP?
Thought so, lol.
The PS3 is based off a Linux platform, and handles it's file structure in a way where the files do not become fragmented. There is no need to defragment a PS3, because they never fragment in the first place.
Also, Macs are this way too. Windows is the only one that requires defragmenting.
From what I understand (and there are people here that know a hell of a lot more about this than I do) it does.
I've read on here that deleting mass files and moving items will not affect the drive.
But, however, having a drive filled to the brim begs one more question, why not get a larger drive?
To all OPs that claim that *nix based OS'es do not require defragmentation, go shake your heads. Fragmentation of files is a concern on ALL operating systems, it's just not part of admins tasks. The filesystem itself takes care of defraging when "it" sees the need for it. A little Google goggle reveals interesting but unqualified answers.
Please think of it a bit like saying: "oh, Ferrari's don't need tune ups and tire-pressure checks like normal cars do. The way Ferrari engines are built, they don't require lubrication with new oils, spark plug changes, or anything like that; and the way the tires make contact with the pavement, you don't need air in the tires at all actually."
Yeah OK... *face palm*
fragmentation only occurs when the drive gets majorly filled and then stuff that was installed in the middle so to speak like before one object but after another gets deleted now you might have defragmentation
usually pc users get alot of clutter from temporary files and programs they no longer need
since the ps3 isnt really used for the same stuff as a pc, its hard drive doesnt get filled as quick and often when teh hdd is filled the owner may just buy a bigger drive, and when they back up and then restore to the new drive it likely isnt fragmented anymore
I think fragmentation happens on the PS3 because usually it will play 1gb movie almost instantly but sometimes it may take more than 10 seconds to play it.