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Peppernrino
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Writes to the end of the disk

I've got portableapps.com installed on my D: drive, and I've noticed that all the new data -e.g. after a program updates- gets written to the back of the disk, effectively spacing things out and making the arms on the drive work harder. It sounds like it's doing more searches, and then the browser page loads will get a bit slower, and I'll remember to defrag. That fixes it by stacking everything closer together.

Is this by design? Can I turn it off? Am I missing something?

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Nothing in our code

Anything installed is just a standard NSIS installer extraction so its just using standard Windows stuff. Any apps running are generally handling writes via standard Windows calls as well. There's nothing on our end that has any control on where it writes to the disk, nor could it without admin rights.

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Still though.

Even though I believe and respect what you say, and understand your response fully, I am still experiencing some erroneous behaviour that I'm gonna need help sussing out. I just did a fresh defrag, and ran some programs, and this is what happened:

Image: https://i.postimg.cc/mDvNGt5z/disk-end.png

I did some internet searching, and the only issues I could find relative to disk writing were about disabling the write caching on the disk... which I disabled as it may have been something about how the cache was writing.

And as of yet... nothing at the back of the disk! I'll keep you posted in case anything changes. Smile

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