Can I Defrag HDD with image files without worrying?


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therealhendrix
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I store all of my full image backups on my HDD data drive. Can I defragment it using Windows 10 without worrying about the image files? Thanks!
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Sure.  Windows has had automatic defragmentation for HDDs anyway since at least Windows 8 (maybe Windows 7?)

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After thorough testing, Reflect images are not ruined by defragmentation.  Past versions of Acronis True Image were at one time.  One of the reasons I disabled defragmentation for a long time on my partition with my Reflect backups.  I then enabled it and tested each image with manual Verifies and they worked fine.  So, I've enabled defragmentation of my images partition for the past few years.

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You can but TBH, it is not really that necessary for data drives as they are relatively static (i.e. files are written once only mostly) and drive would need to be severely fragmented to have any significant on performance.  By and large, data drives do not get that severely fragmented unless drive is really full.  

To me, the data integrity of a backup is more important ​and there is a (small) risk that manually defragging could ​cause an issue.  Frankly, I would not bother - it will not make any significant difference to the restore time.
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