Fragmentation: Understanding Disk and RAM Fragmentation

Saturday Jun 22nd 2019 by Sean Michael Kerner

EnterpriseStorageForum: Disk fragmentation is a common occurrence in modern operating systems and applications as data storage is often allocated in an non-sequential approach.

For nearly as long as computer storage has existed, disk fragmentation and RAM fragmentation have been concerns. Fragmentation is not always bad, as it serves a specific purpose in how some operating system work. However, it can also be an impediment to overall storage efficiency.

In this Enterprise Storage Forum article we define fragmentation and explain what disk fragmentation is about, including internal fragmentation, external fragmentation and file fragmentation.

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