Defraggler: Better Defragmentation Software For Windows

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defragmentation softwareAlternative defragmentation software has been mentioned for years and years now, as most people deem the default defragmenter that comes with Windows to be insufficient.

There are plenty of different solutions that try to out-do each other, some free and some paid. For the few moments when I do use Windows, I find the free options to be good enough. However, you can’t just pick any free solution. You need to know which ones actually make a difference on your system.

About the Defraggler Defragmentation Software

Defraggler could quite possibly be the most popular free defragmentation tool out there. It has been mentioned numerous times here at MakeUseOf, but all of those mentions have some pretty old timestamps attached to them; so because of all the changes since then a new review is in order. Defraggler, along with its Piriform brother CCleaner, have gotten some major version boosts to show that they are much more capable tools now. Of course, Defraggler is still available as a portable app for your USB drive.

Main Window

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While Defraggler isn’t as simple as the default Windows defragmentation tool (which in my opinion is way too simple), it is still very easy to learn, use, and configure. When you first launch the program, you’ll see three main areas of the main window. The top third is for displaying the possible drives which you can use Defraggler on along with some other useful information. The middle third of the screen shows you what your hard drive looks like in terms of where files are located and if they are contiguous or fragmented. The bottom third (which actually takes up the bottom half of the window) contains lots of other useful information organized into nice little tabs.

You can see what’s currently being defragmented along with a pie-chart of hard drive space usage. Another tab lets you see a file list of all fragmented files. Yet another tab allows you to search for certain files that are fragmented, unless you choose the option to include non-fragmented files. The last tab shows you what each color represents on the drive map (middle third), and allows you to change the colors as you please.

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Extra Actions

Defraggler offers plenty of other options that can save you time and possibly your butt. Via the Action menu, you can also choose to do a quick defrag, defrag specific folders or even just files, check your drive for errors (not using the Windows drive checker but instead its own), and defrag your hard drive’s free space. Indeed, all options except for the defragmentation of free space will be much shorter than a full drive defragmentation.

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Some More Run-Time Options

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This nifty tool has a couple configurable options found under Settings > Options that mainly pertain to certain rules the program should follow while defragmenting. You also have a couple of other choices for how and when the program should run, such as scheduling, a “boot time defrag” which simply defragments some basic files in shorten boot time, the process priority, and whether Defraggler should shut down the computer after it has completed defragmenting.

Conclusion

See? I told you Defraggler wasn’t all that hard to master! It will take no time at all for this little one to become one of your new, default big boys. It brings great results to your system, and helps you pinpoint certain problem areas on your hard drive (such as 2GB+ files on your system that you don’t really need, as they easily fragment and are hard to defragment). Overall, this is a great tool that everyone, both professional system maintainers as well as regular home users should employ.

Which defragmentation software tool do you use? Why do you choose it over anything else? Is it free or paid? Let us know in the comments!

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Comments (25)
  • Burhan Wscom

    IOBit’s Smart Defrag is the one I use, and I consider it one of the best. It has auto-defrag, scheduled-defrag and boot-time system files and MFT Defrag options. It is a free alternative to the costly and heavy ones like System Mechanic, TuneUp Utilities, and PerfectDisk.
    I never tried Auslogics OR Piriform Defraggler.
    Hope they are good as well.

  • Wvgurp

    my Defraggler is O&O Defrag works in the background,always optimized. 20 Euro!

  • John T

    I’ve always preferred diskeeper to any other defragger. They are definitely leading the way. 

    • Danny Stieben

      Diskeeper is indeed a good program from personal experience. It’s just a little sad that it’s not freeware.

  • Liz

    I like Auslogics Disk Defrag better. It’s a lot faster and has more options than Defraggler.

  • Ivan kolevski

    I use Puran Defrag. It is the only freeware application available that has the most features that paid defraggers have. It is superb piece of software.

    • Danny Stieben

      I’ve never heard of Puran Defrag. I’ll definitely take a look at it, thanks for the tip!

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