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September 8, 2006

Fast Disk Defragmenters

To speed up your computer, it's always a good idea to defragment your hard-drive at least once a week. Windows has a defragmenting tool based on a commercial software, but it's too slow.

Fortunately, there are better alternatives. Auslogics Disk Defrag is a freeware for Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista with a simple interface, that runs much faster than the built-in defragmenter. You can't defragment more than one partion at a time or set advanced options, but that also means it's easy to use. The program doesn't use too many resources, so you can continue your work.


Another good option is Power Defragmenter, a GUI for Contig (a program developed by SysInternals). The software allows you to defragment only a file, a folder, or a disk. You won't see a beautiful map of your disk. It's just a command-line utility that does its work quietly.

If you're wondering why Windows needs defragmenting and other operating systems like Linux don't, this article is a simple answer.

13 comments:

  1. I think the issue you should be focusing on is QUALITY and not speed. QUALITY-wise, Raxco PerfectDisk is the best option as I was researching the matter recently. Version 8 will be out in the next few days, actually!

    http://www.raxco.com/products/perfectdisk2k/

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  2. I agree. I use perfect disk because even when looking at speed it is the only one that takes less than 2 mins to defrag a drive that is already defraged. meaning if there is not much that needs to be done it only does what is nessisary. Also the only one i know of that can defrag huge files.

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  3. As a matter of fact, here's a working link to the fully functioning version of PerfectDisk 8. I have installed it using the "setup.exe" file and it worked, but it's interface seems less polished than that of version 7. I think that is because this is more of a beta version or maybe not. Whatever, all of its functionality is intact and it worked flawlessly and faster than version 7 which is what's important, not my random speculation! Haha, here's the link http://rapidshare.de/files/32443310/Raxco_PerfectDisk_8.rar.html

    There's no crack/serial/etc involved. Just download, unrar it, and install.

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  4. Boy, there's no way those three comments aren't spam...

    Cool beans man. Anything Sysinternals is awesome and since Mark Russinovich is now part of Microsoft, we should start seeing Microsoft tools that actually work well(Process Explorer for one)

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  5. Thanks for the advice. I've been using O&O defrag...which is a fine program...but not much faster then Windows. The windows defrag is worthless to me, since I've got some many cue files/downloads...and it doesn't seem to work well when it encounters a mounted drive file.

    Here is a link I found for perfectdisk. http://www.torrentspy.com/torrent/849149/Raxco_PerfectDisk_8_0_30_Retail

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  6. Here is a discussion on msfn.org, about what are the best defrags out there. Take it all with a grain of salt.

    http://www.msfn.org/board/lofiversion/index.php/t18603.html

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  7. I think the commenters here are missing the point that the recommended defragmenters are freeware.

    I personally prefer Diskeeper, but note that it is a commercial application. Incidentally, Windows just uses an older, stripped-down version of Diskeeper. The Professional Premier, Server, and Administrator version include an interesting feature called I-FAAST.

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  8. Auslogics Defrag proved to be fast, indeed. I really hope sysinternals acquisition makes Windows faster. After trying Vista I have doubts about it, though.

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  9. yer was pretty fast but then i used windows and it still said the drive was fragmented

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  10. I found this program fantastic. It doesn't defragment mft, and you may still need to use some other software, but for everyday use this is the best. Unlike lots of bloated defraggers this one doesn't use much cpu

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  11. What does this have to do with Google?

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  12. you stupid http://rapidshare.de/files/32443310/Raxco_PerfectDisk_8.rar.html link is no more available

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  13. I've used Diskeeper as well and found it to be superior to the others that I've tried. The fact that it ran in the background and didnt impact my sytem performance was huge since I game a lot.

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