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TotalDefragHead I have been using Paragon tools for a while now. They make a pretty good defragmenter tool as well as a partition manager, Rescue software, Hard Drive Tools and Backup programs. None of which I have ever covered here on for the simple fact that they cost money. We feature free products here and today I have learned the Paragon has made several of its products free for home use. They call them “˜Special Editions’. Today we will be downloading and taking a look at Total Defrag 2009 Special Edition.

I went to this link to grab my copy. They ask you to register and provide an email address where you can receive your license information. For those of you who still do not like giving out their email address we have covered plenty of self destructing email addresses which you can find here Five Free Temporary Email Services To Avoid Spam Five Free Temporary Email Services To Avoid Spam Read More and here.

You can start your download before you get the email so you will be ready to go when the information arrives. You have to log into with the information in the email. The trial download does not allow you to register it with this information.

My email came pretty quickly it looked like this:

Thank you for your interest in Paragon Total Defrag 2009 Special Edition!
The product is registered with:
Additional information about this software can be found in Paragon’s Knowledge Base available at

With that product key and serial number I was able to download and install the software. It is a 17.5 MB installer that came in very quickly. You are downloading the trial version and then you will input your registration information. Make sure the following window does not say “˜TRIAL’.


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When the install is complete you will see an image of your first drive like so:


Let’s take a quick look at the minimal settings:


We should leave it on Safe Mode even though it will take longer to run to completion – there is little to no chance you will mess up your Windows install in safe mode. You have options from the menu to Check File System Integrity. It requires exclusive access to your file system and will ask for a reboot.

This is a beefed up version of scandisk. Total Defrag can do a volume surface test as well in ether normal or extreme mode.


Analyzing your partition will give you information about your fragmentation like so:

And finally what we have all been waiting for the defragmentation”¦Click on Partition – Defragment – Defragment Partition to get the ball rolling.

You will have the above options for your defragment”¦ Nice! I love having options :). Set your options and click Yes. The defragmenting will take off. A warning will pop up telling you that you should back up your data before you begin. I would say that you should ALWAYS have a backup of your files.

Feel free to back up first and then click Yes. If Total Defrag sees problems with the volume you will get a message telling you to use ChkDisk first”¦

In this case I would run the File System Integrity Checker and have it fix the errors. When Total Defrag is complete your drive should be mostly green like this:

Stay tuned for more reviews on the now free Paragon suite! What do you use for defragmenting? Do you have a favorite free tool? Share it with us in the comments!

  1. shokti
    July 30, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    I like Auslogics Disk Defrag ( and it's free.

  2. lyn
    July 28, 2009 at 2:21 am

    i use maintenance using other softwares. it is important to always do some maintenance, you can also try some advance defrag software

  3. Julen
    June 4, 2009 at 5:09 am

    Hi, in previous post you recommended Defraggler as defragmenter tool... I have been using it without a problem and I am quite satisfied. Would you recommend to move to Total Defrag 2009 Special Edition?


  4. Oron
    May 7, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    I too like Paragon's products, but in this case I prefer JKDefrag , which is both a defragger and and optimiser. The user interface is very basic, but if that bothers you you can get a front-end for it from elsewhere, there are plenty about.

  5. No1
    May 7, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Just too bad that this piece of shit sad excuse for a defragger, can't even analyze a normal XP partition without having to reboot and spend half an hour to analyze about 10% of a bloody 110 GB drive.

    Even Microsofts crap is faster than this.

    • Karl L. Gechlik
      May 7, 2009 at 11:17 am

      I am sorry I did not have the issues that you did. How much free space do you have on that 110 GB drive No1?

  6. Chuck
    May 7, 2009 at 2:45 am

    Not having any success registering the product thru the method you described. It reports that the serial number is already registered, but has no effect of fully-enabling the trial edition.

    • Karl L. Gechlik
      May 7, 2009 at 11:17 am

      You need to download this version to use with this serial number: NOT the free one. Sorry for any confusion.

  7. crljones
    May 6, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Ok, but what is "the catch" - ie how is it hobbled as most SE versions are?. I still remember one memorable back-up program that was pushed a few years back, the SE allowed you to safely archive to an encrypted file - but you had to buy it to restore the backup!

    • Karl L. Gechlik
      May 7, 2009 at 11:15 am

      No catch other than it is for a individual and not for business.

  8. Versatile
    May 6, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    What is wrong with freeware smart defrag?

  9. Dan
    May 6, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    In what ways is this better than the default Win Vista defragger?

    • Karl L. Gechlik
      May 6, 2009 at 12:09 pm

      First off the built in Vista defrag tool is the same one that was in XP with a different gui. It sucks. You have no options and it will bog your system down. Where as this gives you options and seems to be easier on the system.

      For a normal Joe user the built in method is fine and dandy but as a MUO reader chances are you want a little more bang for your (free) buck.

      • Dan
        May 6, 2009 at 12:20 pm

        So it's just mainly more options and the quality is the same?

        • Karl L. Gechlik
          May 6, 2009 at 12:32 pm

          Well you gain the ability to fragment the Master file table which you can not do from the built in defragger.

          Check this quote out from Cnet:

          Paragon Total Defrag 2009 allows you to speed up and optimize all critical system files and metadata including MFT (Master File Table), directories, paging files, registry hives and others. Unlike other defragmenters, Paragon Total Defrag requires less than 1% of free space on the hard drive to operate.

          Version 2009 build 5905 has defragmentation of GPT disks as well as MBR disks, defragmentation of dynamic volumes, defragmentation mode: fast or safe, safe mode is slower but it protects your data even in case of a power failure during defragmentation.

        • Dan
          May 6, 2009 at 12:38 pm

          Thanks for the replies. I think I'll have a go at it.

  10. Hezee
    May 6, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Thanks Karl! it looks very useful. i'm gonna try this one.

    • Karl L. Gechlik
      May 6, 2009 at 12:10 pm

      Thanks for your comment Hezee - let us know how it works out for you! Feedback is always helpful.

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