Anyone know of a good defrag program besides the one built into Windows XP? I remember reading about a few that were supposedly MUCH better than the standard Windows Defrag, but I can't seem to remember which ones people said were good. Thanks for any suggestions.
Yes. According to the Raxco Knowledge Base, article 324 entitled, "Does PerfectDisk defragment RAID or mirror sets?" states:
<i>"Yes! Because the underlying disk technology is hidden from PerfectDisk by Windows, the only thing that matters to PerfectDisk is that the file system is either FAT16, FAT32 or NTFS. PerfectDisk makes sure that files are logically contiguous, regardless of what type of disk technology is being used."</i>
This was in regards to the Win2K and WinXP platforms, and version 6.0 of the software.
Knowledge Base Article 366 also states that PerfectDisk 6.0 supports all levels of RAID.
Be aware though, that the utility cannot defragment volumes with cluster sizes larger than 4KB, but this restriction is <i>only</i> with Win2K, due to constraints in the Microsoft Defrag APIs. This isn't applicable with newer operating systems such as WinXP or Windows Server 2003.
Mind you, this was with PerfectDisk v4.0, and the most recent version (version 6, build 26) is vastly improved in terms of speed and the amount of system resources required to run the program. It also supports Active Directory, can be fully controlled and scheduled using Group Policy, can be run from the Command Line, and has many useful features for network defragmentaton scheduling. In addition, the utility has an auto-update feature, and can support hard drives up to a terabyte in size.
Many other 3rd party solutions offer better speed while defragmenting. Also, many of the 3rd party programs are more optimized, meaning they get the fragmentation down to 0%. I've run the Windows defragger many times in succession and the lowest I can usually get it is about 3-5%.
I just want to note that I once used the difrag option that came with Norton Utils 2002 and it corrupted a folder of mine. Not just A folder, but THE folder - system32.
2. Reinstall WinXP
3. Never ever use Norton Utils again!
Coppermine, Banias, Opteron, Prescott, Barton... How 'bout investing less in the CPU and more in its name?
Well, who am I to oppose when ur computer speeds up drastically after defrag. May be it was an overstatement when I said it was entirely useless. But, may be not in ur case, I see many people including me running it and getting nothing out of it. What happens if u try defragmenting in case of bad sectors which is not a rare scenario and tell me if it makes it worse or better.
If you do p2p filesharing your computer will literally slow to a halt if you don't defrag. You probably could kill the hard drive since it's skipping all over the platters to find stuff when the drive isn't defragged and especially if you don't organize the position of the files/folders/directories/MFT, etc that these programs do.
My file system sees a lot of use. I am constantly downloading, and then sorting files into categories. And pretty much on a daily basis I rip all the files on a DVD to a folder, then recompress those files and store the result in a different folder on a different drive. I am also constantly installing, uninstalling, updating, patching ect.
So my file system sees a lot of changes and things get framented pretty fast.
Plus I only defragment about once or twice a month. If I defraged once a day I would never see any difference and that would be a good thing .
As for bad sectors, you don't really get those on modern hard drives anymore. I have owned 11 hard drives and only one ever developed any bad sectors. That was a 3 gig and it was pretty long in the tooth.
If you have a hard drive with bad sectors, do a bad sector retest. If it really had bad sectors then toss it.
If you can't trust the intergitiy of your hard drive enough to do a defrag then you shouldn't be using it.
Guess I have to take my words back. huh! I know the fact that if I do defrag too freequently, it doesn't make sense and that's something I don't have time for. I'm speaking about my personal experience and it never made any noticable difference ever doing defrag. I multiboot with 98, 2000, slackware linux and also the BeOS and basically I had many partitions and seperate partitions for audio, video, each os and may be the no of pertitions is the reason I never noticed any improvement after defrag.