Is defragging pertinent to boosting disk performance any longer?
It is still pertinent, yet given that the release of Vista, Windows has actually instantly defragged your hard drive when the computer system was resting still. If you leave your computer system still for extended periods, this is no more something which has to be done by hand.
On my close friend is COMPUTER (XP, NTFS, 80GB HD, ~ 750MB free), the 700MB pagefile remained in 11,000 pieces, and also the MFT remained in 40 pieces. I tidied up the hard drive, defragmented, and also restarted, and also the distinction was really recognizable.