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Defragging NTFS Partitions from Linux

I have a couple NTSF disks I'd like to defrag without having to log into my Windows partition. Is there a program for Ubuntu that does disk defraggin?

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Exact Duplicate? –  Tom Brossman Jul 25 '12 at 16:40

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The short answer is no, not really. If it contains a Windows bootable installation, any attempt you make to defragment it in Linux will most likely render it unbootable in Windows. But if is does contain Windows, why not use that to defragment the drive - Windows can be useful for more than playing games. If the drive is used purely for data, then you can severely reduce fragmentation by copying all the data off, reformatting the drive and copying the data back. This requires an NTFS filesystem with full write support, either the commercial Paragon NTFS for Linux application or NTFS-3G, which is included in the Ubuntu repositories. You'll also need the ntfsprogs package.1

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