Today I helped a customer that was using Drive Genius 3 to speed up, clean up and optimize his Mac.  He had FileVault2 enabled on his Macintosh HD.  FileVault is a system that protects files on a Mac.  He was wondering if he would be able to defrag his mac and run a LiveDefrag on his volume.  I told him that if he would like to run LiveDefrag on a FileVault2 encrypted volume, that he would have to turn off FileVault 2 temporarily to run defrag your Mac, and then enable it again after the Defrag finishes.  He turned FileVault off and was able to run the Defrag without any problems.

Increased performance after defragging with Drive Genius 3

When the Defrag finished and his computer restarted, he turned FileVault back on. He noticed an improved on performance and the it helped speed up his back after running the Defrag.  He was very pleased and anxious to try out some other the other features available in Drive Genius 3.

Learn more about how to use Drive Genius 3 to Defrag your Mac

A hard drive becomes fragment over time when files are added and deleted. When the OS writes files to the drive, it will look for empty space on the hard drive to write data to. Over time as the drive becomes more full there is less open space available.  When a file is saved bits of the file are saved in the remaining open spaces.  This way no disk space is wasted. However, this will cause the drive to slow down as it will need to scan multiple parts of the hard drive to locate and read the file.   The more time that goes on with more  writing and deleting that is done to the hard drive, the more fragmented the drive will be. The process will gradually have an impact on the hard drive’s performance. This is why using Drive Genius 3 to defragment your hard drive is an excellent way to speed up your Mac.

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