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Image It’s time for another poll. Today we want to ask you about disk defrag tools. What program do you use to defragment your hard drive?

Anyone who’s owned a Windows PC for a long time will probably agree that eventually you have to defrag the hard drive. As you move files around and keep installing new programs your disk gets fragmented. Fragmented files take longer to run and results in slower performance. So if you want to keep the hard drive at its peak performance, make sure to defragment your computer once in a while.

As with any other piece of software, some defrag tools tend to perform a lot faster and better than the other ones. While certain people prefer in-built Windows Defragmention Tool, others (incl. myself) prefer something else. There are also those who are simply not aware of alternatives.

Anyhow, what do you use? Please vote! (you can select up to 2 options)

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Please share your thoughts in comments.

  1. Steve
    September 24, 2008 at 7:14 am

    For detailed reviews that actually stress-test each software, see the Great Defrag Shootout at http://donnedwards.openaccess.co.za/2007/06/great-defrag-shootout-all.html.

    The free winner: JkDefrag. Paid winner: Raxco PerfectDisk.

  2. Collin
    August 5, 2008 at 10:13 am

    I use Puran Defrag. Its the best. Coz its not listed, here's my vote for it.

  3. Chris
    June 29, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    I use O&O Defrag; why haven't you got Paragon Total Defrag listed? It has to be one of the most thorough defragmenters on the market.

    paragon-software.com/home/total-defrag

  4. krispy
    June 27, 2008 at 8:20 am

    Doing the defrag process is so 'old-school'. The new processors and fast hard drives make the results non-noticeable for any end-user speed comparison. I don't do. It just adds extra wear and tear on the HD causing an earlier death, than not doing...

    • Aibek
      June 29, 2008 at 12:19 pm

      I dunno... anyone who hasn't defragmented the drive for some months should notice a considerable improvement after defragging. I saw it many times.

      • krispy
        June 30, 2008 at 10:18 am

        ..would like to see the specs on processor/HD used and the improvement results. Unless you can show an advantage of doing, over paying for a new HD early, from all the extra seeking/rewriting over time completing this process 'x' times, I would say don't do...

  5. amgooda
    June 26, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    what about the defrag tool in Tune up utilities?

    • Aibek
      June 29, 2008 at 12:13 pm

      I decided to include only defrag tools and left out tune-up suites.

  6. Don Carlson
    June 26, 2008 at 9:48 am

    I was under the understanding that NTFS deals quite well with fragmented files and is designed to handle distributed block storage efficiently. Defragmenting a harddrive provides speed gain only with FAT disk systems and only has advantage if you might need to pursue some data recovery.

  7. Donn Edwards
    June 25, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    Why don't you have Puran Defrag and UltimateDefrag 2008 listed?

  8. Turian
    June 25, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    I use Diskeeper 2008 pro on my Vista and XP boxes, and it's awesome. It just has to be installed, and it handles all the defragmentation related tasks on it's own after that. Even with four 500GB drives on the XP machine, it keeps them in excellent shape, working in the background. Defrags are fast and thorough, and it has many useful features like proactive resizing of the MFT to prevent fragmentation, multiple defrag modes (incl VSS defrag for Vista), excellent UI etc. I think Diskeeper is far superior to the other utilities especially if you have a system with more than one HDD in it.

  9. Ed
    June 25, 2008 at 11:03 am

    I've worked for CNET and PCMag. We would get questions about this all the time. Through the years of testing most of the defrag utilities we could not really say that any are any better that the default windows defrag. People's claims of some being faster than others were never seen in the test I've conducted.

    We would always conclude that it was never worth paying for a defrag utility. The free ones are all based on user preference.

    • Laurence
      June 25, 2008 at 10:09 pm

      Yes, I have come to this conclusion as well... some have nicer progress dialogues and better interfaces and more features... but pretty much do the same thing

      • Aibek
        June 29, 2008 at 12:15 pm

        I would say the main difference is defragging speed. The JKDefrag is abt 5 x times faster then default Windows defrag tool.

  10. Paul S
    June 25, 2008 at 10:38 am

    It's worthless and every other defrag app does a much better job and takes less time to complete.

  11. Womble
    June 25, 2008 at 8:36 am

    D47's comment brings nothing to the table, can't you mod comments like this? they really spoil mine and probably others enjoyment of this blog!

    Note : This is not born out of a difference of opinion. Mackenzie Morgan makes a similar point but in a constructive way that's the difference!

  12. D47
    June 25, 2008 at 4:32 am

    I'm sorry, i use an OS that doesn't fuck up my files, i wouldn't know what you guys are talking about.

  13. Ashutosh Mishra
    June 25, 2008 at 12:52 am

    It's Defraggler for me; the tool doesn't slow down my system and allows me to do other stuff simultaneously. :)

  14. Declan
    June 24, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    I use Power Defragmenter GUI and I find it very good. I use Page Defrag at every boot too.

  15. NECIO
    June 24, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    Once i used JKDefrag and my PC wouldn't start i had to Reformat my drive and install windows again.. i guess i will stick to Windows Defoult

    • ryan
      June 25, 2008 at 3:08 am

      Wasn't JKDefrag fault. Read their information. They use the same API as Windows Default to do any physical movement of data. It is supplied with Windows.

      Now the question would be are you using FAT32 or NFTS format? FAT32 is much less secure and prone to failures.

  16. Mackenzie Morgan
    June 24, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    On Windows, I always just used the built-in one. On Linux, nothing: http://geekblog.oneandoneis2.org/index.php/2006/08/17/why_doesn_t_linux_need_defragmenting

  17. TT
    June 24, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    Ultimate defrag (disktrix.com) - looks and works beautifully for me.

  18. Travis Quinnelly
    June 24, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    I choose Contig, but in all actuality I use a front-end for that called "Power Defrag". It works wonders and does a much better job of defragmenting my HD than the default Windows one does.

  19. Jakob
    June 24, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    I don't Defragment at all

  20. Womble
    June 24, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    As most people will know windows defrag is Diskeeper without the extra option, good enough for me!

  21. ryan
    June 24, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    you for got UltimateDefrag Free Edition

    download.com/UltimateDefrag-Freeware-Edition/3000-2094_4-10582157.html

    I use both the above and "JkDefrag GUI" for my disk defragmenting needs.

    • Aibek
      June 24, 2008 at 3:05 pm

      yep, it seems i missed that one. My bad.

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