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Defragmentation Software   80 members have voted

  1. 1. Which do you reccomend?

    • Windows Default
      9
    • Diskeeper
      12
    • Raxco PerfectDisk
      14
    • O&O Defrag
      7
    • Piriform Defraggler
      5
    • Auslogics Disk Defrag
      4
    • DiskTrix UltimateDefrag
      2
    • Sysinternals Contig / PageDefrag
      0
    • JkDefrag
      12
    • UltraDefrag
      2
    • mst Defrag
      0
    • Other
      8
    • None
      5

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For me Diskeeper is the best. I use it more then a year and it works very good. I can really notice very good performance of my disks.

Cheers ;)

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I voted for Raxco's PerfectDisk (v10). Running it on Windows 7 right now and its great. I have not ran an offline defrag yet, but I did just make a backup. I'll give it a whirl and post back results.

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I am using Defraggler occasionally, usually after initial install. I am not sure about the performance benefits, but I can notice a reduction in seek noise :)

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Still voting for PerfectDisk. I've upgraded to the "for vmware" version recently (on Vista x64), which also defrags my VMs, without even having to install it in them. The Virtual Enterprise Ed is looking good too. It's still a lot better than Diskeeper and priced better too :yes:

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I'm using the build in tool from Vista.

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I voted for Diskeeper. Would have specifically selected the 2009 Pro version if that option was there. It's the best defragger I've come across..set and forget...never worry about defragging.

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Forgot to post back, lol. PD 10 offline defragged just perfectly on Win7 beta 1. Its safe guys and gals, lol. PD 10 is DA BEST!

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Is there any test or review putting the freeware defraggers against Perfectdisk and Diskeeper?

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How about a test that shows if there is a performance gain after defragmenting?

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How about a test that shows if there is a performance gain after defragmenting?

In basic theory it should definitely help with reads scattered over a disc, since the header has to physically move between tracks; the whole process of which creates an access time. Then hopefully all the data is contiguous on that track so it doesn't have to go through the expensive process again. This doesn't pertain to SSD drives where the access time is virtually wirespeed and uniform.

These days it matters less with discs being generally faster, thus reduced latency, and having better seek logic such as NCQ. Also memory is relatively cheap, and Operating Systems like Vista have SuperFetch, so we need to access the disk less often.

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I have got to say, Windows XP's built in defragger works fine for me. It is simple, and although it can't do much really and only increases performance by a very small amount on my system, it does the job. On computers like mine which gets a registry clean, virus clean, spyware clean, driver sweep every time new drivers are installed etc, it doesn't do much but on slower PC's with a lot of junk on them it can help a bit. I have heard good thinks about diskeeper and will probably end up trying that out to get max performance.

Edited by Zenskas
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+1 Defraggler

Pros

:Free

:Low Level Defrag

:Defrag Free Space

Cons

No Page File Defrag

No Boot Defrag

No Registry Defrag

The fact that it is freeware, it makes up for all the cons. Besides it is more than sufficient for the average user!

Best paid defragmenter = Diskeeper

Edited by alrichdesa
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I vote for perfect disk (10) , much better than diskeeper than i precedently used !

I have also tested defragler, good for defrgmenting single files, but not as good as perfectdisk

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For me the default windows defragmenter does a good enough job.

I think the defrag business is all smoke an mirrors. Show me some benchmarks where I would notice a difference and I'll change my tune.

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Jeroen Kessels is king for me. JKdefrag runs at true 64 bit (in Win XP x64) and is ideal for large disks with large files. It is much faster, smarter and more thoughtful than the others. I've been using it since 2002 and the others pale in comparison.

I don't need a fancy interface, and I personally trust Jeroen. His forum speaks a thousand words of pure wisdom regarding Windows and harddisk usage. Last but not least, it's not so tough on SSD either.

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PerfectDisk for me still!

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i havnt defragged in years and now i have even less of a reason to do so.

i reinstall windows a cpl of times a year anyways.

all my data is stored on a linux server and its just backup.. who cares about defragging it, i dont need speed, it already transfers over 100mbps..

and my desktop just has my games/programs on it, nothing more.

and my desktop is raid0 and server raid6...

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I voted for Disktrix' Ultimate Defrag. It is the best defragmentation software there is and here's why: All other defraggers usually only offer pre-defined sorting modes. While UD has those too, you can define your own additionally. This makes it the most powerful software there is.

For normal users I usually recommend Raxco's Perfect Disc and O&O, however, I was disappointed with their latest packages. They're bloated and offer little in terms of efficiency. Also, they suck defragging huge files on really cluttered up hard drives. I used them on a 300GB HDD before and they just gave up on the biggest files. Even worse, they sorted the files in a totally inefficient manner without giving me the option to influence that. Whoever remembers SpeedDisk from Norton Utilities for Win95 knows that this great program already offered personal sort options, so why can't these overpriced, bloated other software packages offer that?

Anyway, Disktrix has no problem with big files on almost filled up hard drives at all. I tested it on a 500GB HDD filled with 1GB+ sized files with a fragmentation degree of 85% and with about 5% of free space. It managed to defrag the hdd completely. Only a single file was left in 2 fragments. After seeing Raxco and O&O giving up on a much easier task, I was pretty impressed.

Furthermore, UD not just allows for personal sort orders, it also allows for special file placement to make use of a hard drives slow and fast parts. This is an essential option that no other defragger that I tried offered. Using this option, I was able to boost the boot up speed of a 6 year old Notebook with WinXP on it from 2 minutes to just 25 seconds (it has a very slow HDD). Add the fact that UD is one of the smallest and sleakest defraggers and you have a great program. It also supports boot time defrag, which is a rare feature and it allows for defragging the MFT, which is even rarer. Afaik, hardly any other tool does that.

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Yes, UltimateDefrag is good, but if looking for an alternative, then the freeware MyDefrag(succesor of JkDefrag) is capable of doing nearly all the same things, e.g. optimize for the faster HDD area, defrag MFT and it even includes it's own scripting-language so as to allow the end-user to script just about anything he wants for the fileplacement operation...

Personally, then i still just use JkDefrag, as i don't have use for the new functionality and like using cmd parameters instead of inlcuding all the scriptfiles etc.

I preffer JkDefrag ower the built-in XP defragger, because JkDefrag is faster, automatic i.e. defrags all partitions and quits by default, does file-placement and can defrag big files etc.

Edited by Martin H
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I voted for Defraggler. It looks good but i wonder if there is something even better than that

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From looking at it's feature-list, then it dosen't appear to support file-placement optimization(but does consolidate free-space however) and so based on that, then I would personally preffer MyDefrag over defraggler, but that's just my oppenion.

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