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October 27, 2006 3:52:50 PM

i was wondering which is the best deraging software available at the moment as I'm sure that there are loads that beat windows own. Thanks

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October 27, 2006 4:29:07 PM

windows is the best defrag, specially when done in safe mode
you can check out www.winternals.com for their defrag manager 4.0
October 27, 2006 5:09:01 PM

Windows includes a "lite" version of Diskkeeper... which is a good one. The full version would be better. Personally, I use Raxco Perfectdisk.
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November 28, 2006 6:55:19 AM

the full version of perfect disk or diskkeeper are the best.
January 8, 2007 5:23:39 PM

yeah imho raxco perfect disk is the best one to use, can manage everything with it even including improving boot times etc as well as all the regular defrag tools etc etc
January 8, 2007 5:28:24 PM

I have used them all, tested them all, O&O is the best one of them all. its faster and leaves you better defraged also. plus where the perfect disk and diskkeeper nag about not having enough space to defrag O&O just come right through with the defrag.

stop wasting your time and get O&O after testing all 3 I will never go back to diskkeeper or perfect disk, they can't hold a candle next to O&O.
January 12, 2007 10:13:01 PM

Whats the freeware version of O&O like?
January 12, 2007 10:23:45 PM

IMO not as good as pro

last free version was in 2004 I believe
January 12, 2007 10:28:28 PM

it's expensive @ £30
January 21, 2007 2:27:09 PM

ok looks good also, I'll give it a go as soon as I get new computer. I'm currently still stuck on a 6-year old pentium3-800 running windows98 lol. My 'new' computer f*****d up on me after just 2 days of normal use, so I'm up for a new computer on warranty. I'll definitely be looking to get an Intel C2D. However in the 2 days that I was able to use my 1 year old dual core athlon, I was able to give O&O free version a go and it did ok (before computer started rebooting itself for no reason lol)
January 21, 2007 4:48:09 PM

as I said the O&O free version is like 2 or 3 years old and not good.

the freeware ones will not do as good of a job as O&O, having a freeware site with bunch of free defrags I advise you to use the retail version of O&O.

otherwise don't bother and just use the windows defrag, same difference ;) 
April 18, 2007 7:30:00 PM

In my opinion nothing to beat the new edition of Diskeeper as far as automatic defrag goes. once you set it to defrag in the background it really does the 'real time defrag on the fly job' great without interfering with other functions. My concern of system resources getting hogged up also laid to rest as the defragger adjusts to the operations.
April 19, 2007 6:08:03 AM

is that a joke? what defrager does not do that? :lol: 
April 19, 2007 11:40:12 AM

I am talking about the Invisitasking facility which one might think draws resources away, but wonderfully suspends itself as and when required. I find the realtime on the fly defrag of files to be real smooth, and prefer it to scheduling a defrag to run at a particular time. All this with the new Diskeeper has been a really good experience for me esp compared my experience of PerfectDisk which gave me some nasty problems.
April 19, 2007 12:07:29 PM

oh I see, you have never tried O&O, once you do you will laugh at Perferctdisk and Diskeeper, those apps are a joke IMO ;)  they can't even defrag your HDD right if you don't have more then 15% free space.
March 27, 2008 9:08:31 AM

I use O&O too but which mode in O&O do you use to give best startup performance? space, stealth or just leave it on auto or whatever.

thanks.
March 29, 2008 12:56:16 PM

executive software diskeeper . works for me
May 15, 2008 11:43:37 PM

Since we make this - I'm putting in a plug for UltimateDefrag.

Before you shoot me down... I would like to say that when we created this product we sat down and "truly" nutted out the factors that improve hard drive performance.

It's not just defragging files - in fact this only contributes about 30% to the performance improvement that is achievable from a defrag. The other 70% comes from other factors such as placing frequently used files to the fast tracks of your hard drive and maximizing seek confinement.

A hard drive is capable of performing 400% of the "average" quoted performance by drive manufacturers. When you take the correct approach to reorganizing your drive - you can achieve that 400%.

We have a comprehensive manual that discusses the theory behind UltimateDefrag. you can check it all out and try it free at www.disktrix.com.
May 16, 2008 3:58:07 AM

Old versions of Nortons did a real good job, Newer versions under XP do not do as well as the older versions. Have not tried the previously listed programs.

The was an artical in MaximumPC on effectiveness of Auslogics, Diskeeper 2008, and PerfectDisk 2008 Vs Windows Defrag.

NOTE: THIS WAS UNDER VISTA, but may have some relevance to XP.

Bottem Line " Don't Waste Your Money or Time! You shouldn't break the bank for neglible performance gains" Quote from MaxiumPC June 2008.
May 16, 2008 6:14:49 AM

DiskTrix said:
Since we make this - I'm putting in a plug for UltimateDefrag.

Before you shoot me down... I would like to say that when we created this product we sat down and "truly" nutted out the factors that improve hard drive performance.

It's not just defragging files - in fact this only contributes about 30% to the performance improvement that is achievable from a defrag. The other 70% comes from other factors such as placing frequently used files to the fast tracks of your hard drive and maximizing seek confinement.

A hard drive is capable of performing 400% of the "average" quoted performance by drive manufacturers. When you take the correct approach to reorganizing your drive - you can achieve that 400%.

We have a comprehensive manual that discusses the theory behind UltimateDefrag. you can check it all out and try it free at www.disktrix.com.



where exactly is this fast track you speak of?
May 16, 2008 2:36:31 PM

He is using the term "Fast Track" in reference to the outer tracks on a disk platter. Angular velocity is highest on the outer tracks and decreaces as you move toward the center. He is correct about placing the most frequently used files on the outer tracks will improve performance.

For single Large HHDs
Creating an optimum size "C" drive for operating system and programs and a small partition (about 8 Gigs D-drive ) For placing the swap file ONLY, Then E drive for all your files.

Or Better yet, small primary HHD for operating system, Large second HHD particianed D (small 8 Gigs for swap file) and E for your files.
May 18, 2008 6:13:11 AM

kewl thank you chief. I knew files were faster on seperate tracks on a HD, just did not know exactly how it was done, thanks
May 18, 2008 11:01:51 AM

Jkdefrag, nothing has made my sysstems faster and in less time and for free ever before

try it oo
May 19, 2008 2:08:40 PM

I use Diskeeper 2008 Pro on both my personal computers. It's the best defragmenter I've used, and I've tried all the big ones. It's fast yet does a thorough job with it's background defrag strategy using barely any resources. The latest edition can often defrag even with less than 5% free space!
July 27, 2008 6:39:10 PM

Auslogics for me. I think many defragmenters are overrated. In m opinion it's best to get a good quality free one. I used Auslogics and then tried Perfect Disk afterwards to see if it would find additional fragmentation, it only found 1%.

In my opinion don't bother with expensive defraggers unless you really need a tiny bit more performance and a few extra features. Many features in Perfect Disk are unneeded: why bother with an auto defrag when you could just do a manual defrag for a few clicks and $50 less. Auslogics is free and will do a quick and efficient defrag.
July 29, 2008 2:27:18 PM

what about raid config....any of them have an advantage? :) 
July 30, 2008 5:05:03 PM

arkadi said:
what about raid config....any of them have an advantage? :) 


Hi,
Just FYI:
Diskeeper 2008 editions support RAID systems. More info about Diskeeper and defragmenting RAID can be found here
http://downloads.diskeeper.com/pdf/new-storage-technolo...

Hope you find the information useful.

Best regards :) 

Representative,
Diskeeper Corporation
July 31, 2008 1:57:07 AM

I've used VoptXP vs 7.22 now for about 4 yrs its been an excellent defrag program for XP, best software money I've spent, comes as a fully functional 30 day free trial, so you can try it out first for free.

www.goldenbow.com
March 30, 2009 12:10:53 AM

"6 BLIND GEEKS announce exactly what an elephant looks like!" (poorly)

This defrag forum string misses the key issues, IMHO. Reminds me of the Indian children's story of 6 blind men confidently saying what an elephant looks like.

1) WANT REALLY FAST performance?!? Then, defrag is only 1 small part of the big picture. Read the whole truth here: "http://www.pugetsystems.com/articles.php?id=32"

2) get rid of your (slow) pagefile if you have 1+GB of RAM

3) download "Scanner" freeware at "http://www.steffengerlach.de/freeware/" to SEE WHERE YOUR FILES ACTUALLY ARE LOCATED

4) Yes, do move most frequently accessed files to outside (fastest) edge of disk, BUT REMEMBER THAT THESE FILES BECOME DEFRAGMENTED VERY QUICKLY AS YOU USE YOUR COMPUTER! So consider running a file-specific mini-defrag (like PowerDefragmenter) every 20-60 minutes!


5) use any of these FREEWARE defraggers: (google 'em, folks, they're there)
"JKDefrag"
"UltimateDefragFREEPublicDomainEditionSetup"
"PowerDefragmenter & Contig"
"Auslogics"

IT IS WORTHLESS TO PAY ANY MONEY for 0-25% VERY TEMPORARY speed increase that ONLY LASTS FOR 20+ minutes AFTER YOU defrag (whether you move high-usage files to the edge of disk or not).


6) Download & use "TuneXP" and "TweakUI" per PugetSystems article above

7) Don't use RAID drive arrays --they'll eventually give you hell to pay unless you spend $300+ for a great controller

7) BUY an SSD and forget defragging ever again



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