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I need a good FREE defragging program but i cant find one. Anyone have some ideas? Also i have heard very good ides about diskeeper but i want to know if any free defragging programs are out there.
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what's wrong with the defragmenter built into windows??
post #3 of 9
the defragger in windows doesnt cut it and ill tell you why:

1. the windows defragger doesnt do a deep enough defrag
2. its slower
3. cant do a boot time defrag with it

honestly, diskeeper is the best one, I use it and my disks are tip top shape.
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I prefer Perfect Disk.

http://www.raxco.com/products/perfectdisk2k/

You can use the free evaluation.
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Originally Posted by rippon
I prefer Perfect Disk.

http://www.raxco.com/products/perfectdisk2k/

You can use the free evaluation.
Yes Pdisk is great...just pay the loot for it$$$$...you get free upgrades and stuff
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post #6 of 9
perfect disk sucks...

1. it screwed up some of my files when defragging once, could happen to anyone
2. its slow
3. bleh on it
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post #7 of 9
I found a free one: http://www.snapfiles.com/reviews/Pag...agedefrag.html

Personally, I've never tried it, but it is free and it is not a trial. So, have fun!

metalkobra, I found a site that had done a head-to-head comparison with the two products. Here it is:

Quote:
Diskeeper vs PerfectDisk; Head to Head!
(Monday, 28 November 2005) - Contributed by JRd1st - Last Updated (Monday, 28 November 2005)


GeForceTony, our XTreme-G MobileForce modder and moderator, was bored one day and decided to follow the advice I
always give to those that ask what defragger I like; get PerfectDisk. Not only that, but he was kind enough to submit a
head to head comparison between what he was using; Diskeeper 9.0 Professional, and PerfectDisk 7.0.


Diskeeper 9.0 Professional

I've used Diskeeper for quite a while, so I've gotten used to the interface of it, which quite honestly, can be confusing for
non-power users, LOL. Basic tasks are easy to find, such as Analyze (to check your system to see if it needs to be
defragmented), Defragment, etc. But some tasks, such as to schedule a Boot-Time defrag, are under the "Change
Settings" category ... Diskeeper has a feature called "Boot-Time Defrag" in which it puts all of a drive's folders together,
and (if the drive has one) it defragments the PageFile. However, one thing I've noticed over the time that I've run
Diskeeper, is that it really doesn't do a good job of placing the drive's folders within a "target area" at all. Folders
(according to Diskeeper's Drive Map) are still scattered around the drive, and no matter how many in-Windows or Boot-
Time defragments one does, the program will NOT put all of the drive's filesfolders together, thus consolodating free
space. This, when compared to PerfecDisk, is Diskeeper's biggest flaw. Granted, Diskeeper doesn't take very long to
defrag, but it just doesn't do as thorough of a job compared to PerfectDisk. One of the features that I really like from
Diskeeper is the "FragShield". This nifty little utilityfeature will analyze your computer's PageFile, as well as all of your
drives' MFT (Master File Table) areas. It will then recommend a course of action based on it's findings to help protect
against drive fragmenting. I've found this especially useful for the MFT feature, in which the user can increase the
maximum sizenumber of entries in the MFT to prevent constant expanding, and thus, fragmenting, of the MFT.
Nonetheless, Diskeeper is fairly slack when it comes to the "meat" of the program, and that's defragmenting. It just
doesn't do as good a job as what one would expect it to do for the price of the program.

VERDICT: 7/10

Plusses: Defragments quickly, FragShield feature useful
Minuses: Defragmentation process doesn't do that great of a job, interface somewhat jumbled


PerfectDisk 7.0

I've just recently bought PerfectDisk, and I must say, I'm very impressed. The interface, I believe, is much cleaner and
more streamlined than Diskeeper, and features of the program aren't hidden as some are with Diskeeper. The first thing I
noticed when firing up PerfectDisk to defrag were the two "types" defragmentation: "SmartPlacement", and "Defragment
Only". "SmartPlacement" defragments the drive, and also consolodates free space (packing files into one big "cluster", as
opposed to having files scattered around the drive), and also optimizes the placement of filed depending on their usage.
"Defragment Only" doesn't consolodate free space OR optimize file placement, and just defragments the drive (much like
what Diskeeper does). After running PerfectDisk on my machine, while it did take a considerable amount of time to
defragment, I was thoroughly impressed by the results. All of my drive's free space was all in one big clump, and thus, all
of my files were all put together as well. PerfectDisk also has a similar feature to Diskeeper's "Boot-Time Defrag" called
"Offline Defrag". It does the same thing as Diskeeper's Boot-Time Defrag, but in some situations, like when the drive has
no processesprograms being used (save for the SystemWindows drive), PerfectDisk can perform an Offline Defrag from
within Windows. I like that. For the SystemWindows drive, a reboot is still needed, and just before Windows finishes
loading, PerfectDisk takes over, and defragments the PageFile (if there is one), and consolodates all of the drive's folders
into one are (and it works with PerfectDisk). The only thing I DON'T like with PerfectDisk is it's lack of a "FragShield"-
esque feature. However, it's not a deal breaker, so I'll be sticking with PerfectDisk from now on .


VERDICT: 9/10, KICK ASS

Plusses: Defragmentation process much more thorough than Diskeeper, much cleaner interface than Diskeeper
Minuses: No "FragShield"-esque feature keeps it from a Perfect 10
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post #8 of 9
I dont agree...i didnt see anything different from using perfect disk cept it screwed with my HD...perhaps if both companies got together and merged who knows, but thatll never happen.
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After using Perfect Disk I saw a noticeable increase in many applications. I have never had any problems with it, I recommend it because it is great IMO.
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