Keeping your computer defragmented will assist in computer data recovery as well as computer speed. We’ll look at that in a minute; however, let’s observe the defrag results first.

After you’ve run the defrag tool in Drive Genius 3, the results will be displayed in graphical format. All of the red fragmented files markers should be eliminated, telling you that the drive has been defragmented completely. The used space should be displayed in green. Note that some files cannot be moved, including certain system files. They will be indicated by a different color, as indicated on the graphics legend.

White indicates free space on the drive and should be consolidated in one group, after the green, defragmented area. Used space will be consolidated and moved toward the front of the drive. This consolidation speeds up program and data access times as well as file writing.

As stated, Drive Genius’s defrag routine runs as a low-level operation, before the OS loads. This ensures the best results. Not only does this speed up your computer; it also permits faster and more successful drive recovery when necessary. During file recovery, any fragmented files must be found and reassembled before recovery is possible. Keeping your internal and external drives in good condition speeds up the process because the files are already in a contiguous location and an assembled state. Data recovery software, such as our own Data Rescue 3 for Mac, performs its task more quickly and more successfully on a defragmented drive.