Best Free Defrag

Discussion in 'Computer Games and General Discussion' started by Hakoda, Dec 29, 2009.

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What's the best free degrag that you've used?

  1. Auslogics Disk Defrag

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  2. Defraggler

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  3. JKDefrag/MyDefrag

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  4. Smart Defrag

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  5. Quicksys Disk Defrag

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  6. UltimateDefrag

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  7. Windows Defrag (XP, Vista, or 7)

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  1. Hakoda
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    Hakoda GBAtemp Addict

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    I've been dieing to the answer to this question and with so many choices, I thought I'd set up a poll and let the Tempers sort it out. I just switched from Vista to Windows 7 using a clean installation and while installing all my old programs I thought why not try out a new disk defragger? I went with Defraggler.

    On my Vista OS, I've used Auslogics Disk Defrag which only showed minor performance increases unless I clicked Optimize which then it took longer but the performance increased slightly more than a regular defrag. Its usual defrag for me was around 2-7 minutes which is most likely the reason behind its poor performance. Also according to the disk map, blocks were NEVER moved to the front of the hard disk and always kept in the same place.

    I've also tried Smart Defrag but I've only used it once and since I was young and impatient at the time, I went back to Auslogics and never really got an opinion of Smart Defrag.

    I'm currently using Defraggler and I have to say, I'm impressed. The defrag may take around 15-30 minutes but It's well worth the wait. After installing a majority of my programs, my HDD was 200GB. I defraged with Degraggler and I got 40GB back with that one defrag. That made my eyes pop. During the defrag I started to see the block moved from the very end of map to filling the holes in the front.

    So which is the best?

    Discuss.

    ~ Jon
     
  2. Elritha

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    I use MyDefrag. I like the small size, ease of use and the fact it is free. Also the fact it can support custom scripts.
     
  3. DanTheManMS

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    Defragging by definition should not free up any space at all. Instead, it moves files around so that they are in one place on the disk as opposed to being scattered around the disk, which helps with reading and writing times. I too use Defraggler, and I discovered why you suddenly see an increase in disk space after running it. For some reason or another, using Defraggler will wipe out all your system restore points, which can take up substantial amounts of space at the default settings. Over time, your system will continue automatically making restore points, so that 40 GB will get used up again eventually.

    That's not to say that Defraggler is bad or anything. Again, I use it myself. Just don't get confused about what it's doing.
     
  4. Hakoda
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    I realized that as to what a defrag does and so when that 40GB was freed, after some thought I knew it must have cleaned something; just didn't realize that it was the restore points. I usually erase restore points through CCleaner but thank you for clearing that up.

    ~ Jon
     
  5. Feels Good Man

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    I use Auslogics defrag. It's pretty good
     
  6. MarkDarkness

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    jkdefrag is optimal... fast and accurate.
     
  7. m3rox

    m3rox GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

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    Seconded.

    jkdefrag does a fantastic job in a short amount of time.
     
  8. FAST6191

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    Having recently turned a few DL discs into coasters due to a nice bit of fragmentation I have started defragging stuff again.
    Defraggler is my tool of choice- ordering by name, location, size and amount of fragments. Good selection methods (checkboxes and highlighted) as well as able to defrag individual files and folders as well as drives.
     
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  10. mayhem366

    mayhem366 GBAtemp Regular

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    I also use Defraggler. Made by the same people that make Ccleaner which is the best cleaning software out there, free and easy to use.
    Defraggler takes a while longer than the built in Windows one i find but it doesn't matter if you just put it on and go out and leave it right?
     
  11. Satangel

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    Yup, do it like that all the time too.
    When I go eating or so, I let it defrag.
     
  12. Mr.Mysterio

    Mr.Mysterio GBAtemp Advanced Fan

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    I use Defraggler most of the time.But I have also used MyDefrag some times.