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Windows 7: Defrag - use W7, or a 3rd party app?

17 Jan 2013   #1

Windows7 64
Defrag - use W7, or a 3rd party app?

Back in the day of W95, I remember reading that using certain 3rd party apps to defrag was better than using the stock Win app. I forget why, but does the same hold true today? Is it safe to defrag with the W7 app, or is it better for some reason to use a 3rd party app?


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17 Jan 2013   #2

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot

WIndows 7. It does a very good job and is VSS aware so won't interfere with your system restores.
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17 Jan 2013   #3
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

I recommend using Windows 7 built in defrag. I use it with no problems. Like GeneO has stated it doesn't screw up with Volume Shadow Service.
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17 Jan 2013   #4

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

I have been using MyDefrag for quite awhile for my previous HDD based laptop.

It does its job well :)
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17 Jan 2013   #5
Microsoft MVP


I like Puran free defrag for it's Boot Time defrag which gets at System files that can't be defragged when Win7 is running. I also like the Intelligent Optimizer offered on its Addtional Operations tab which moves Most-Used programs to the outer edge of the HD for faster reads.

I replaced Auslogics with it a year ago and there's no looking back.

Use CCleaner Disk and Registry cleaner first, both approx quarterly unless CC finds more than a gig of schmutz.
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18 Jan 2013   #6

Windows7 64

Thanks for the replies!
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