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  1. 1. Whats the best Defragmentation Software

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@TheUrbanMyth

Then, you might be interested in these:

http://www.msfn.org/board/tiny-fast-functi...fra-t92895.html

http://www.msfn.org/board/Defragment-Program-t85812.html

the defragging topic appears to be one (just like the NTFS vs. FAT32, the XP vs. 98, the Godzilla vs. Mickey Mouse and, lately, the Vista vs. XP) of those where people tend to heat up a bit.

If Jeremy decided to take some time apart from Diskeeper.....:unsure:

... and Zxian appears to be now more on the side of PerfectDisk.... :blink:

....there may be reasons. :whistle:

Myself, and for personal use, being admittedly cheap ;) tend to prefer Freeware/Open Source anyway, living with the small limitations this choice may have.

Cheers,

jaclaz

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I myself really like PerfectDisk, since it features very good free-space consolidation and uses a fileplacement-scheme that's oriented towards reducing re-fragmention and making feuture defrags faster, but i'm actually instead using UltimateDefrag, since it provides the same functionality in a lighter and portable app which dosen't need any extra processes running in the background(by using 'Recency' mode and sorting by file-modification date from outer to inner)...

I'm using the older v1.72 non-freeware version, since that's the last version supporting my No.1 OS of choise i.e. Win2k...

Just my two cents :)

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I will go with Digkeeper 8 professional.

THANKS

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I admit I was an impulse shopper when I purchased Diskeeper Home Edition.

My reasons for justifying it are as follows:

1. I am tired of nit-picking defragmenters.

2. I wanted one that handled everything automatically and silently.

3. I have not had a problem with fragmentation since I installed Diskeeper.

4. I will eventually be moving to Linux. To my knowledge, either fragmentation is not a problem in Linux or too few (if any) defragmenters support Linux.

What are your thoughts on #4?

:hello:

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Jeremy:

There will also be fragmentation at some point i guess, unless the filesystem is built to automatically place files in optimal order?

I've been running with 64KB clusters for some years and its awesome, defragment a 1TB disk in just minutes, file copying and moving is very fast staggering at a minimum of 70mb/s across drives, and typical 100/mb s.

Creating and copying large files, such as iso's, especially like linux iso's at several gigabytes is just fun. Using Directory opus, worlds greatest file manager ever (and more), you can enable to always see transfer rates.

It's just plain old geekie, good fun! =)

JKDefrag64 is very nice imho, i used to like defraggers as o&o, perfect disk etc, even diskkeeper, but they all got bloated at one point, and got hit by the trend that is nowadays, it needs to look good to sell. Forgetting the whole point of that its supposed to be a 100% performance program, not a application that just looks good, and installs all kinds of services into system, startup programs one never needs etc.

JKDefrag i can just setup to automatically run whenever i want, i can use it as a portable program, running defrag automatically after windows install is just great as it takes all drives it find and defrags them.

Priceless when you just have an unattended windows dvd, and it really is set&forget it, in its truest possible form.

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I've used several different defragment utilities over the years and none of them are perfect it seems to me.

Diskkeeper showed promise, but it doesn't seem to live up to it's promises. Using some of it's better features like the set it and forget it and screen saver mode can cause problems on the PC. Plus it doesn't seem to help with performance over the long run.

Back in the days of FAT32 and FAT16 I really felt that PC Tools Speed Disk was probably the best. It was slow, but it did a rather thorough job of it.

The default defragger that comes with Windows still is and always has been nearly useless.

I recently discovered a product called Ultimate Defrag by disktrix.com They have released their older version to home users for free so you can download and try it out. I like all the options, but if you do anything that reorganizes your drive completely it will take a long time to do it. The main thing that I noticed was after allowing it the necessary time to completely reorganize my drive there was a very noticeable difference in performance. I can't say the same for Diskkeeper or the windows default defragger. In order to maintain the performance boost I now run in fragment files only mode which takes only a few minutes to run. I do this about once a week or anytime I do a bunch of cleanup on my system and it's been performing better than it ever has.

So, just from my experiences I have to say that I think Ultimate Defrag is one defrag utility that is not a waste of money, and even the free version is a worthy product.

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I must agree with "lynbor" here, UltimateDefrag has shown promise for a good year now, but only recently has it actually been bug-free enough to depend on to do an outstanding job, but as of it's latest releases, such as version 2.0.0.51 it is proven to be the best defragmenter I've ever used IMHO. I am EXTREMELY O.C.D. about my computer and it has really proven itself to me!! It has no services in the background, I enjoy the new approach to their GUI, it has a very small install, and it has a PLETHORA of options that allows for absolutely complete control of your filesystem.

I recommend you set it up for File/Folder placement as it will really kicks your games and applictions into overdrive. One drawback is that it has no boot-time defragger, so after every manual defrag you do, just throw "defrag -b c:" into the Start Menu\Run Dialog.

http://disktrix.com/UDIntroduction.htm :hello:

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Pardon me for butting in here :), but have there been any studies that prove conclusively that defragmentation actually improves performance? I'm not saying file systems don't get fragmented, just skeptical about the need for a dedicated defrag tool for typical home users. Once could say that the fact that Windows comes with them built in is proof enough, I just want to see any empirical, independent data on this.

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Pardon me for butting in here :), but have there been any studies that prove conclusively that defragmentation actually improves performance? I'm not saying file systems don't get fragmented, just skeptical about the need for a dedicated defrag tool for typical home users. Once could say that the fact that Windows comes with them built in is proof enough, I just want to see any empirical, independent data on this.

It's mostly a "state of mind". :whistle:

There are people that find that defragmenting VERY often is needed, other that think that defragmenting MUST be done, but not so often.

Compare this:

http://www.msfn.org/board/Defragment-Program-t85812.html

http://www.msfn.org/board/Defragment-Progr....html&st=22

As I see it it depends on the use the hard disk is put to, which filesystem is used, and so on, one user might need on a weekly basis, another one on a monthly one, a few a daily (possibly overnight) one.

I would say that when it is needed, defragging a drive is useful, overdoing it is not, point is finding a way of compromise, i.e. at which level of fragmentation the performance decreases up to the point where a defrag is needed and when it is not.

"Blindly" defragging too often, say daily or twice a day, even when there is not a real need, may put additional stress to the mechanical parts of a hard disk.

Lots of articles talk about "case studies" and "researches", but utterly fail to provide a link to them, see this for example:

http://www.brighthub.com/computing/windows...icles/1702.aspx

The only studies you can usually find around are made by the defrag utility makers, thus I wouldn't call them "independent":

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_pwwi/is_/ai_n25159836

http://www.scribd.com/doc/101131/Is-RealTi...eeded-in-Todays

OT, but not much ;), another hard disk related MYTH is on the way of being debunked, the "wipe-with-several-passes" secure deletion myth:

http://www.911cd.net/forums//index.php?showtopic=21783

thanks also to this nice initiative:

http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/09/06/189248

http://16systems.com/zero/index.html

jaclaz

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I'm not saying file systems don't get fragmented, just skeptical about the need for a dedicated defrag tool for typical home users.

3'rd party defragmenters that features intelligent file-placement schemes will obviously improve performance compared to the built-in solution, as that dosen't feature intelligent file-placement, but the actual performance difference however, is IMHO indeed very much overestimated by the different 3'rd party vendors...

The most important thing for performance IMHO is to get the filesystem defragmented, period - and so in that case, then the built-in solution is fine, allthough the other 3'rd party defragmenters generally are both faster, defrags more files, consolidates free space and defrags most NTFS metadata also, in addition to the above mentioned intelligent file-placement schemes...

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