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What should I use? I heard the Vista version is pretty good, but was wondering if I should try a 3rd party defragger instead, and if so, which one?
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post #2 of 7
Vistas is actually better than XP but I still run Diskeeper 2008 Pro
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post #3 of 7
3rd Party ones are faster and/or prettier but the Vista one is usually better.
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post #4 of 7
Vista's built-in defrag works, but it doesn't show its own progress. As you probably know, defragging can take a while, so not knowing how much of the process is remained can be very frustrating.

I use Defraggler, which is made by the same people who made CCleaner, or AusLogics Disk Defrag.

Both are lightweight, well-designed and they display their progress as well...
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post #5 of 7
You can try DiRMs & Buzzsaw, I've only used Diskkeeper, so I can't say how good it is.
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post #6 of 7
Defraggler is ok, but I would recommend JKdefrag. It's much faster than Vista's defrager, and optimizes your drive (I haven't really used Vista's tool, so I don't know if that does any additional optimizations as well.)
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post #7 of 7
Vista defragger is better than the XP defragger, and TBH, it's better than the freeware defraggers too. The only step up from the Vista defragger is a commercial tool like Diskeeper which is far better. I used to use Diskeeper 2009 Pro on my Vista Home premium lappy, and it was great.
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