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Is it really worth it to use other defraggers over the default Windows defragger?

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I usually like to keep it simple, and not have to deal with complicated UIs and such, however if other defraggers do a better job then it might be worth it.

Also, if so, which would you recommend?
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Yes!

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Personally I can't stand the Windows 7 default defrag program, it has no visual representation and it's slower than molasses. I use Auslogics Disk Defrag, it's a lightweight program and extremely fast.
Edited by Ben the OCer - 2/28/12 at 6:46pm
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Defraggler is amazing, usually I run it 2-3 times and I have no fragmentation. After the first time it is fast as lightning.
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post #5 of 8
defragging only provides a marginal benefit.


It does not matter what you use for all intent and purposes.
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I've always enjoyed using MyDefrag (used to be JKDefrag) found here:

http://www.mydefrag.com/
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post #7 of 8
I don't exactly know with Win7 but when I was still using XP the system defrag could not touch the System files because they were in use, so only your programs and files were ever defragged. So to defrag the system files you could use PageDefrag, a Microsoft program that would defrag windows at boot-time. This did help keep things in great shape.

I don't know if there is one with win7 of the same nature or if it is even needed, doesn't win7 have an idle defrag command that runs realtime?
I heard you could use SystemInternals with Pagedefrag - extract the pagedefrag and you could use it that way, but have not tried it yet.
I was following this link http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7itproappcompat/thread/07aa46b4-b5b3-4bf6-91cb-bce8b88db172
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post

defragging only provides a marginal benefit.
It does not matter what you use for all intent and purposes.

It depends on the drive, how full it is, and how fragmented the data you commonly use is. The windows defragmenter does not do a very good job of defragmenting free space, which leaves the free space in tiny fragments. Other ones do better.
If you commonly keep your drive pretty full, then it's worth its' weight in gold to keep drive performance as fast as possible. For a drive that spends its' life no more than 50% full, defragmenting is worth very little. If your machine has to use the swap file/virtual memory a lot when very busy, then a fragmented swap file will slow your machine to a crawl.

I used to use disk-keeper, which was great, but it costs money these days. With 2GB of memory, no SSD, and a mechanical drive, you should at least try one. Go to your system advanced settings, turn off your virtual memory, then defragment the drive, and turn virtual memory on again, this time at a fixed 4GB size, which will make the file a fixed size, in a fixed location, and not fragmented. Try the free ones recommended above before paying out any money, if you get no benefit from it, then don't bother doing it again, but it's worth trying out.
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