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What's the benefit of running disk defragmenter on a RAID 5 disk array?

Do you receive any benefit from running disk defragmenter on a RAID 5 disk array? Or does RAID 5 have its only file management system?

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Assuming that the RAID5 array is using hardware-level RAID, you will still realize benefits from running a disk defragmenter. This is because the defrag process runs at the OS/software level, and is therefore affecting the logical drive letters that the operating system and programs "see" when they're attempting to utilize disk space.

This was first published in August 2004

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