Free good Defragment Software!

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  1. ams963

    ams963 Registered Member

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    Hi,

    I'm looking for a good free Disk De-fragment software. Please recommend me a good software for Win XP SP3 32 bit.

    Best Wishes,
    ams963
     
  2. majoMo

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    I'm using MyDefrag by J.C. Kessels. It works well in my XP and 7. User can choose to defrag system drive or data drive with suitable script. Very good.
     
  3. subhrobhandari

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    I am using Mydefrag for years too, its really good.
     
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    Auslogics Disk Defrag or Puran Defrag. Stick with one of those, they're both good.
     
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    Auslogics is very fast and there's also a portable version.
    With Puran you´re able to perform a boot-time defrag.
     
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    Puran defrag IMHO for XP.

    I like automated options (better than Auslogic or Mydefrag), particularly the screensaver once a day option. Ability to skip large fragments (like Auslogic) for faster defrag time with no noticeable loss in access times. Low priority/io mode seems more effective than Auslogic (which Mydefrag does not have).

    Really depends what your needs/requirements are as to which of the popular free options will be best.

    Cheers, Nick
     
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    I will look at it. Thank you for the recommendation.
     
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    Thanks R. Puran Defrag definitely looks fully featured. Auslogics is also good I guess. Gonna have to look at those.
     
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    Thanks for mentioning Alex. Hmm....it's a little hard to choose.
     
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    That is the Nick. If I knew what I need it would have been much easier to choose. I understand these things little. I will definitely look into Puran Defrag now that many of you are recommending and it seems to have good features.
     
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    Used JK/MyDefrag & Auslogics both for years for the former & at least 6mos for Auslogics. Now I use Puran & am pleased with it as well.
     
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    Just noticed one thing. Puran Defrag was last updated in April, 8. 2011 whereas Auslogics Disk Defrag was last updated at May, 24. 2012

    Is it safe to use Puran Defrag as it is kind of old? Has support and development ceased?
     
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    I see the bottom of their webpage still says 2011.
     
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    Okay thanks guys. I've finally chosen Puran Defrag on basis of feature and ease of use.

    Best Wishes,
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  17. moontan

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    Puran Defrag is the best free one i've tested so far.

    but i don't think these things are really needed anymore on Win 7 running an NTFS drive.
     
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    Just curious, why not?
     
  19. moontan

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    well,

    most people who uses Win 7 do so on an NTFS drive.
    apparently, those drives do not suffer fragmentation as much as the old FAT drives.

    Win 7 has it s own defragmenter.

    the only thing it doesn't have is boot time defragmentation.
    which is the only reason one might want to use a 3rd party defragger.

    is boot time defrag necessary?
    i don't know.
    i don't think so.

    if it was so critical, i would think Microsoft would have included that as an option in their own defragger...
     
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    I second Puran. I use it on all my Win7 machines at home and any time I fix a PC as well. I always load up Puran.
     
  21. ams963

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    I'm using XP. ;)
     
  22. moontan

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    yes.
    but are you using FAT or NTFS?
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    anyway, i'd like to find any relevant info about the advantages of boot-time defragmentation.

    i tried Googling but the only info i could find was by companies who sell defragmenters. lol
     
  23. dw426

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    Just set a task schedule for the built-in defrag program to run, it's all you really need.
     
  24. moontan

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    one more thing:
    i've heard that Puran will destroy your System Restore points.

    i really didn't care because System Restore is disabled on my machine.
     
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    Gee, same here. One of the first I located was an article that stated 'Microsoft recommends performing a boot time defrag for faster start-up times'. That, of course, just happened to appear on Raxco's web site. Most other links touting the merits of boot-time defrags all seemed to lead to vendors of defrag software, paid or free. :rolleyes:

    My understanding is that a boot-time defrag works on files that are typically locked after the OS loads. The articles refer to files such as pagefile.sys, hiberfil.sys, registry and MFT files.

    So, if you don't happen to use the hibernation feature, there's no need to defrag the hibernate file because it won't even exist. As for the paging file, I have read that the file won't fragment if the initial and maximum size is set to the same value. Personally, I have my paging file on a secondary drive (with initial and max values set to the same size) so I don't believe it even gets touched by a boot-time defrag, which I believe looks for the file on your "C" drive. As for the registry and MFT, I haven't been able to determine the benefits, if any, of defragging those files at boot time. I mean, I've done boot-time defrags using various utilities over the years but really don't recall noting any appreciable difference in start-up time or performance.
     
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