Need Free Defragger Suggestions

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by Rainwalker, Sep 22, 2011.

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  1. Rainwalker

    Rainwalker Registered Member

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    Need some updated info on a good free defragger for Win 7/64 ?

    TIA
     
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  3. Osaban

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    Another vote for Puran Defrag.
     
  4. Cimmerian

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    +1 for Puran...has Boot Time defrag, which is a plus.
     
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    Puran Defrag (my personal choice) or Defraggler.
     
  7. napoleon1815

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    In the realm of free, I support Puran Defrag. :)
     
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    puran forever!
     
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    puran and no other
     
  10. Rainwalker

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    OK...Thanks again all........I had Puran installed and thought it the best free one out there, but it started getting hung up about half way through the job.......guess I will reinstall and try again.
     
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    pardon my ignorance, but how would using the built in windows 7 defragger put you at a disadvantage?
     
  12. J_L

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    Puran has more features (like Boot Defrag for certain system files/registry), and probably more intelligent disk optimizing. Windows 7's is adequate.
     
  13. treehouse786

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    any proof that it makes a diddly squat of difference using puran over the built in one?
     
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    so you are assuming and have not tested this yourself then?

    no where in those reviews does it compare performance improvements compared to the built-in windows utility.

    in fact, the ONE user who did make a comparison said;

    FWIW, i don't defrag anymore as i use SSD'S all round, but when i used to use standard hard drives i used to defrag alot, so i did a little test of my own and realised that no 3rd party defrag utility provided any worthwhile performance improvements over the built-in windows utility, defraggler provided improvements of a couple seconds over the built in windows utility but the rest were equal, apart from perfect disk which actually decreased disk performance by a few seconds.

    paying for defrag software is like paying for a hour with a psychic, but hey ho to each their own :)
     
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  16. Spruce

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    No one like poor Defraggler? :'(
     
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    I like Defraggler ..:)
     
  18. J_L

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    Not really testing, just general performance observations.

    Found better ones:
    http://donnedwards.openaccess.co.za/2007/08/great-defrag-shootout-xxiv-puran-defrag.html
    http://donnedwards.openaccess.co.za/2007/12/benchmarks-puran-defrag-40.html

    You know how different each Windows system is.

    Look at that, supporting evidence for my argument.

    Which I didn't need to do. Hey ho, it actually worked when you tested it, so don't go comparing with completely unrelated things.

    Just testing the startup of the machine isn't a proper benchmark by the way.
     
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    Another vote for Puran.
     
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    @ J_L, if you notice a performance increase from using 3rd party tools then i cant argue with you there, all i am doing is letting people know my experience. your right, each windows system is unique. but i must say that i tested program startup and loading times along with machine boot up time. peace
     
  22. Brian K

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    I'm with you. I've never noticed any subjective improvement in computer performance after a defragmentation. I do use Perfect Disk every month prior to a base image as it seems to keep subsequent differential images from becoming large.
     
  23. napoleon1815

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    I am with you 100% on this...and do the same thing (do a manual defrag before an image, usually once every few weeks for me). Never noticed any "shocking" speed/access increases.
     
  24. linuxforall

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    My vote would be for Puran.
     
  25. Osaban

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    With Vista, I agree there's never been any improvement after defragging, I've also noticed an increase in boot time just after a defrag which disappears after a few days (Vista has a boot optimize function, so I've read somewhere). With XP, defragmenting speeds things up, I think with Vista and Win7 it's probably not necessary. The reason I've suggested Puran is because it's free and fast, faster than any other I've tested (Ultimate Defrag 2008 takes about 40 minutes to defrag 35 GB whereas Puran does it in 5-10 minutes).
     
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