Which defragmentation software do you use? (2017)

Which defragmentation software do you use? (2017)  

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  1. 1. Which defragmentation software do you use? (2017)

    • Disk Defragmenter (Microsoft)
      42
    • AVG Drive Defrag (AVG Technologies)
      0
    • Auslogics Disk Defrag (Auslogics Software Pty. Ltd.)
      6
    • Diskeeper (Condusiv Technologies)
      0
    • Norton SpeedDisk (Symantec)
      0
    • System Mechanic (iolo technologies LLC)
      0
    • O&O Defrag (O&O Software)
      2
    • PerfectDisk (Raxco Software)
      7
    • UltimateDefrag (Disktrix)
      1
    • Contig (Windows Sysinternals)
      0
    • Defraggler (Piriform)
      5
    • DiskTune (DIY DataRecovery)
      0
    • PageDefrag (Windows Sysinternals)
      0
    • SmartDefrag (IObit)
      1
    • UltraDefrag
      0
    • MyDefrag/JkDefrag (Jeroen Kessels)
      2
    • Other
      5


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+T3X4S    4,485
8 minutes ago, Shiranui said:

I do it manually, using a hex editor.

I use a magnifying glass, a tiny magnet glued to the head of a pin.  Of course Im moving thousands of sectors at a time, but thats fine, I hate the way Windows does everything for you. :rolleyes:

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adrynalyne    8,222
5 minutes ago, T3X4S said:

I use a magnifying glass, a tiny magnet glued to the head of a pin.  Of course Im moving thousands of sectors at a time, but thats fine, I hate the way Windows does everything for you. :rolleyes:

I sacrifice a goat over my PC and let the blood drain into the water cooler.

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LUTZIFER    473

I didn't think anyone did that any more.

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monkeylove    47

I worked on several machines recently (two Core 2 Duos, one i5, and one i7 using Win 7, one Celeron using Win 8.1, and one i5 running Win 8.1) which are used in different ways (some for browsing and editing small documents and others moving, copying, and modifying large video files and lots of pics) and noticed that the built-in defrag and automated disk maintenance had different results. In machines where browsing and editing docs and spreadsheets were done, the machines ran normally. However, for those that involved a lot of activity, the slowdown was noticeable. It was only when I used third-party cleaning and defrag programs did the machines speed up. Sometimes, that was not enough, and I had to use system optimizers which dealt with issues other than fragmentation (such as disabling some programs that were loaded at start-up, etc.).

 

For me, then, it's not always true that the built-in defrag works fine. If there are significant modifications in the system (installing and uninstalling programs, moving around large numbers of large and small files, etc.), then the default options won't be enough.

 

I found SSDs very helpful, but they're not cheap. I could only use it for the OS and a few programs, and have to run many other things in platter HDs installed in the same machine.

 

System optimizers, etc., with defrag programs are best because slowdown can involve issues other than fragmentation. In some cases, a particular program or driver can cause deterioration in performance. Programs that also monitor drive conditions, temperature, etc., are also useful.

 

 

 

 

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