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Jerry Jorgenson
Re: Internal Drive Space
on Mar 10, 2011 at 1:24:30 pm

- What I've heard is that there is something to do with where the computer stores the data

Unix systems guarantee that the first write will be in a contiguous area. If you don't have enough free space the filesystem will either have to move files around or (worse) give a filesystem full error. Generally as long as there is 15% free it's not going to be a problem.


- is there a utility that I can use to rearrange the data on my drive?

There are several:

Finder (GUI)
tar (command line)
mv (command line)

- Is this defragmenting?

No. Defragmenting is different. There are utilities that can defragment a Mac, but they seldom need to be used because of the way Unix filesystems operate.

- Will I be okay now that I've just moved a bunch of the media to externals?

Yes.


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