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Windows 7: What is the best free defragger?

27 Jun 2009   #21


After a reboot, the Icon Image is gone, bummer. The program still works though.

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27 Jun 2009   #22

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit, Mac OS Snow Leopard 10.6

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Charles Kane View Post
I'm using Smart Defrag by iobit. Works well. Has all the options you could want, schedule, work all the time in the background etc.

The main advantage that can be offered by Defraggers is if they move most frequently used files and directories into the fastest area of the disk. Smart defrag does that (as does PerfectDisk mentioned above).That can noticeably improve speed on your rig (when you first do it at least).

Defragmentation itself really isn't a big deal. Forking out money for a Defragger is almost certainly a complete waste, and the built in Defragmentation routine in Win 7 is probably plenty good enough!

Defragging the registry is IMO complete snake oil and absolutely unneccesary. Much more dangerous than any claimed benifits you might get. But really there are no benefits, just as there are no benefits from a registry cleanup tool. Removing a few hundred lines from a Registry Hive will have absolutely NO effect on speed or efficiency. None has ever been reported because it doesn't work.
I agree with this guy.
I also use smart Defrag
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28 Jun 2009   #23

Win 7 64bit

defraggler for me here
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28 Jun 2009   #24
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

I've been using AusLogics, downloaded and just used 'Quicksys DiskDefrag'... it kind of reminds me of O&O (in a way), slow, but I'll try it with Vista and XP just to make sure I like it.
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28 Jun 2009   #25

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Windows Defragger only consolidate the Hard Driver, in other words just put the files all together. (Don't no really about Windows 7 Defragger)

The difference in Windows Defragger and others third part defraggers it is because the other defraggers can do another methods like Volatility, Recency, by folder or file name, etc..

There are many many horrible and useless defraggers out there so be careful..

And about defragger the registry, that is a little bit stupid, don't do that.

Bye bye.
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29 Jun 2009   #26

XP Pro SP3 x86/Vista SP2 x64/Win7 x64 Triple-boot

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by screwballl View Post
I prefer to stick with Microsoft programs for this department... I use one called Contig which has done me well for many years...

A bit of a contradiction there....

Windows Defrag FTW!, it's designed by MS for their very own Win 7... Who knows their own OS better?
Don't forget it's still a beta, and the rest of the world is mainly still guessing what might work (or even 'seem to')...

As far as system tools go, as long as 7 is Beta, everything else claiming to be Win7 compatible is still just a guess (or 'Beta' if you prefer lol!). Nothings set in concrete 'till the final arrives.

EDIT: and +1 to the above post.
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29 Jun 2009   #27

Windows 7 ultimate 7260 x32

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by swarfega View Post
I have been using only windows defragger for sometime and today I installed auslogics defragger program and its showing a lot of spaces. So whats the best?
windows has its own ms-dos command to defrag the drives
it is "defrag c: -w"
it will defrag the c can replace it with the location you want....believe is the best
rep. me if you find it helpful
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29 Jun 2009   #28

Win7, XP, Vista x64, Ubuntu 9.04

yes MS does have their own built in Defrag programs which do work well in and of itself... but the Contig I mentioned is one that not only just moves files together... but it actually looks at individual files to see if they are split into more than one place on the hard drive, then places them together, then moves everything back together.... excellent program!
There is also a front side GUI that uses the contig for the defragmentation called Power Defragmenter GUI...
but it does help after installing/unzipping this program, that you go to my previous link at Microsoft and download the latest contig program and replace the contig that comes with the Power Defragmenter program.... especially with W7
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29 Jun 2009   #29

Windows 7 Ultimate x32

is there freeby that defrags the MFT files on boot up? like Perfect Disk does? my "trial" of that has expired. i've been using Defragler (i like it). but it cant get to those stubborn system files.
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29 Jun 2009   #30
Charles Kane

Windows 7 Ultimate, Ubuntu

Thanks to screwball for drawing attention to Mark Russinovich's Contig file defragmenter which seems to play a very particular role in Defragmentation - in a word to make particular files contiguous on disk.

Wikipedia describes what it does as follows
Contig is designed to defragmentindividual files and does not attempt to move files to the beginning of the partition. Contig has advantages over the Windows built in defragementor tool in that it can target individual files, individual directories, and subsets of the file system using wildcards.

Contig does not move any data except that belonging to the file in the question, so the amount it can defrag a file is limited to the largest contiguous block of free space on a system. Use of contig exchanges decreased file fragmentation for increased free space fragmentation.

Given that Russinovich is the SysInternals guy at Technet and one of the leading public faces as an MS systems engineer and architect you gotta give respect there. BTW pretty well all SysInternal tools, including Contig can be run online now! (Still, i have, Process Explorer and Autoruns installed, excellent programs)

I'm wondering whether using Contig first, then a defragmenter (like SmartDefrag or Perfect Disk) which moves frequently used files to the front of the disk - would give the best of both worlds?

As I originally said, all this is probably overkill but ....
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