Can fragmentation of the drive affect the result of recovery?

Yes, fragmentation of the data plays a key role on the recovery. When the files are fragmented the software will read the drive and recover the fragments of the files which are intact as per the file allocation table. In case of deleted or lost files, the chances of data overwriting are high on fragmented data.

Also, performing defragmentation after data loss will significantly reduce the data recovery chance. During defragmentation process the fragmented parts on a drive are moved around, there is a high chance for the deleted or lost data to get overwritten.

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