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What is a contiguous file in a computer?

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2008-03-30 19:48:57
2008-03-30 19:48:57

A contiguous file in a computer is one that is placed on a storage drive in such a way that it is in sequential portions of the drive. This is generally regarded as advantageous because it results in better performance by decreasing the amount of time it takes the computer to read the data (compared to when a single file is spread over a larger portion of the drive and not located in contiguous sectors).

The performance gains experienced from contiguous files is the best reason to defragment a drive.

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