Symptoms of a Fragmented Mac Hard Drive

by Guest Author on February 27, 2013

in Guest Posts, Mac OS X

defragmentNo one can deny the fact that Mac hard drives are less prone to fragmentation than Windows, but we cannot say that Mac’s never get fragmented. Like any other hard drive Mac too gets fragmented over time, but its inbuilt safeguards defragment it time to time and never let you fell that it too needs defragmentation. However, situations arise when these inbuilt defragmentation features too fail to do any needful. These situations are cluttered hard drive that has less that 10% free space and big amount of large files like video files on your disk make it fragmented. In such situations, wherein your Mac becomes fragmented, it starts showing questioning behaviors like:

  • Overall Performance Degradation: The very first symptom of fragmented hard drive is performance degradation. Your Mac becomes really very slow, even the extraction of small file or saving a file starts taking too much time. This is because the OS X has to wander around the hard drive in search of spread portions of the file that you want to access and has to divide a file to save at different locations spread all over. Moreover, keeping track on all these fragments of a file and maintaining the link between them also decreases overall machine performance.
  • Unexpected Program Failure: In order to keep track for all the fragmented portions of large number of files (files here is for both programs and data), your Mac OS X may abruptly close a program. Though occasional program failures can be tolerated, but if this behavior is repeated by your OS X regularly, then this shows that it is fragmented heavily.
  • System Errors: Though this is not the major symptom and rarely occurs, but at times the file system of your Mac too gets corrupt due to fragments. Since file system corruption results in system errors, you may find this behavior as well with your fragmented Mac.

Therefore, if you encounter any such symptoms, then use of an efficient drive defrag software is recommended. Since most of these tools have very intuitive user interface and simple steps, they are easy to use. Hence with the help of a reliable drive defrag tool you can improve the data access speed and overall performance of your machine. Moreover, effective tool optimizes all the free space available on your hard drive and make it a contiguous large space, and thus removes the free space fragmentation as well.

Guest article written by: Jyoti Kumari is a Mac user and believes in making life better with latest and useful technology in Mac. Want to share ideas and research on Mac utilities to [tp lang=”en” only=”y”]Defragment Mac[/tp][tp not_in=”en”]Defragment Mac[/tp] and optimize Mac drive.


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Masini Spalat February 28, 2013 at 17:29

You just reminded me to do a defrag, havent done one since I bought my laptop! thx 😀

Rashmi Sinha February 28, 2013 at 19:08


Most of us thought that Mac is the GOD in computing but it too comes with the flaws that can develop over the period of time. Nevertheless , “defaging” the problem is not rocket science like it is been told in this post.

Great share Jyoti, Thanks!!!

Utkarsh Bhatt March 1, 2013 at 13:58

Mac is awesome but I guess all it comes down to hardware.

Bill March 26, 2013 at 12:22

Yeah, the hardware you are running will definitely have a massive effect. I’ve just upgraded my Mac to a solid state hard drive and the difference is massive!


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