Palm’s LifeDrive is one of the world’s first hard drive-based handhelds. As such, is suffers from some of the same problems that other hard drive-based devices do.
One of these is fragmented files.
When a file is copied to a hard drive, the data isn’t always stored in one continuous stream. This is especially true if the file is quite large, like a multi-megabyte movie.
If there are already other files stored on the hard drive, then large files must be broken up into the spaces that are available.
Naturally, as time goes by, finding unbroken spaces for new files becomes harder and harder, which means hard drives tend to become more and more fragmented.
This isn’t a huge problem, but reading fragmented files is slower than if they were continuous, so defragmenting your LifeDrive is something that should be done occasionally.
How To Defragment a LifeDrive
Defragmenting your LifeDrive’s hard drive is easy if you are using Windows XP.
First off, plug your LifeDrive into your PC and put it into Drive Mode. This will make it act like a removable drive.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Drive Mode, there is an application of that same name that came pre-installed on your handheld that you must run in order to have this handheld in the correct mode. Just plugging the LifeDrive into your PC’s USB port isn’t enough.
Once you have turned Drive Mode on, you should go into the Start menu on your PC and choose Programs > Accessories > System Tools. In there you will find an application called Disk Defragmenter.
Your LifeDrive will appear as one of the drives you can defragment. Select it.
You should then see a button labeled “Analyze.” Pushing this will tell you whether your LifeDrive’s hard drive needs to be defragmented.
Obviously, the “Defragment” button will take care of this task.
Fair warning: this process can take hours if the LifeDrive has gigabytes of files stored on it.