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What is Difference between contiguous set of files and a noncontiguous set of files?


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2011-09-13 15:27:52
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Immediately adjacent. For example, contiguous sectors on a disk are sectors that come one after the other. Frequently, a file stored on disk can become fragmented, which means that it is stored on non-contiguous sectors.

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So one could assume that the difference is that contiguous files are files that are stored immediately adjacent from one another (together) and non-contiguous files are not stored adjacently hence are separated or scattered.

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I'm not sure I understand why you're asking this question. Contiguous files are simply files that are not broken up in pieces. As you disk fills up, when you delete files to make more room, the free space is scattered all over the disk. If you download a large file, or install software, there may not be enough room in any single place on the disk to fit the entire file. Windows puts chunks of the file in several places to make it fit. This can slow down the time it takes to load the file. When you defrag the disk, it attempts to make as many files contiguous as possible. Deleting contiguous files should be exactly the same procedure as with any other file. However, some files that the system uses must be contiguous. They can't be deleted because they are in use by the system. If you have any questions, please email me or check out my profile.

you aren't supposed to. contiguous files means simply that,from Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary:contiguousMain Entrycon·tig·u·ousPronunciation\kən-ˈti-gyə-wəs, -gyü-əs\FunctionadjectiveEtymologyLatin contiguus,from contingere to have contact with - more at contingentDatecirca 16091: being in actual contact : touching along a boundary or at a point2of angles : adjacent 23: next or near in time or sequence4: touching or connected throughout in an unbroken sequence contiguousrow houses>synonyms see adjacent- con·tig·u·ous·ly adverb- con·tig·u·ous·ness nounin other words, files that are contiguous are actually a prefferable since there is no blank or "fragmented" space for your computer to search through, wich infact slows down performance. if files are close together, or contiguous, then your PC can perform the command or task much to answer your question, they don't need to be moved or deleted. I'm assuming that the person asking this was "defragmenting" their PC, and assumed that the portion of files shown as "contiguous files" was a bad thing.

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