With several partitions on a HD, if I move all the files from one partition to another, then back, doesn't that equate to a defragmentation? Strange question, I know.
Defragmentation is the process of organizing and rearranging fragmented data on a hard drive or partition so that it can be accessed more quickly and efficiently. This helps to improve the overall performance and speed of the computer.
Moving files among partitions helps to prevent fragmentation, which can slow down a computer's performance. It also allows for better organization and management of files, making them easier to find and access.
You can check the fragmentation level of your files by using a disk defragmenter tool. If the level is high, it is recommended to defragment your files to improve performance.
While defragmentation is generally safe, there is a small risk of data loss if the process is interrupted or there are existing issues with the hard drive. It is always recommended to backup important files before defragmenting.
The frequency of defragmentation depends on the usage and fragmentation level of your files. It is generally recommended to defragment at least once a month to maintain optimal performance.