How to Defragment a PS3

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There is a popular myth online and in some gaming communities that PlayStation 3 hard drives need to be defragmented, just like a Windows PC computer hard drive. But it is just a myth. File fragmentation happens when software, like a computer operating system, moves files around the physical hard drive and places them together where file access by the operating system is faster. A defragmentation program, such as the Defragmenter program that comes with Windows, puts these fragment files back in order, hence speeding up your disc.

  • Linux and Mac OS computers do not come with defragmenter utilities. That's because they handle files differently than Windows and essentially take care of file fragmentation as it happens. PlayStation 3 hard drives handle adding and removing files the same way.

  • PlayStation 3 handles files just like Linux, in a format called CellFS, so your game files are never fragmented in an appreciable sense, as they would be if it ran on a Windows platform.

  • Since there is no fragmentation, there is nothing that needs to be done to care for the hard drive.

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