What modern defrag software allows the user to define locations for specific files and folders?

Laga Mahesa May 20, 2012

In days of yore, Norton Speed Disk allowed me to specify which files went where (beginning, end) – this way subsequent defrag runs would go very, very quickly. It also assisted in disaster scenarios – I knew where the files were, so recovery was much faster and the odds of them being contiguous were extremely high.

So. What modern defrag software does the same, and, preferably, doesn’t treat me like a child?

Distrix Ultimate Defrag seems to do this, but before I make the purchase, is it any good, and is there a better one?

  1. Rajaa Chowdhury
    May 26, 2012 at 1:31 am

    You can give Defraggler from Piriform Ltd. a shot. It is a neat little free tool. You can checkout the menu under settings -> options

  2. Stephen Wilson
    May 26, 2012 at 12:35 am

    defraggler is simple and works

  3. Alex
    May 22, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Hi Laga,

    I'd like to put in my vote for Diskeeper software. It handles the task of organizing which files go where with technology called I-FAAST. Defrag tasks are thus very quick!

    If you'd like more info, please let me know.


  4. Oron
    May 21, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Joining the conversation rather late, I'd recommend you check out MyDefrag, which is a defragger/optimiser written by Jeroen Kessels. It sounds like just the thing you are looking for, is scriptable, and unlike O&O Defrag it is free.

    • Laga Mahesa
      May 22, 2012 at 10:15 am

      That does look promising! I'm a fan of scripting, lol. Thanks, Oron.

  5. Darren
    May 20, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    I'm pretty sure Ultradefrag can. You have to define it in the options file.


    • Laga Mahesa
      May 20, 2012 at 4:13 pm

      Thanks for that suggestion, I'll look into it.

      • Tina Sieber
        May 21, 2012 at 9:01 am


        Was Ultradefrag the answer to your question?

        • Laga Mahesa
          May 21, 2012 at 9:56 am

          That and my original suspect, Disktrix UltimateDefrag. At the moment I'm leaning towards UltimateDefrag. I'll set this question as resolved.

          Cheers, everyone!

  6. Bruce Epper
    May 20, 2012 at 11:02 am

    O&O Defrag has similar capabilities by setting up zones based on file usage, but it appears that you have more control over file placement with Ultimate Defrag. I used O&O Defrag for a while several years ago on specific client machines and found it easy to use and effective at the task. I have not used Ultimate Defrag so I cannot speak to its efficacy. None of my machines currently use third-party defraggers as the built-in Windows defragger is adequate for my purposes and most of my machines are rebuilt frequently. It also appears that Norton still does produce their Norton Utilities which has Speed Disk, Disk Doctor, Registry Cleaner, Registry Defragmenter, unErase, Service Manager and other tools. I hope to be downloading the trial of it next month and giving it a thorough test.

    • Laga Mahesa
      May 20, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      The last time I checked, Speed Disk's capabilities had been severely reduced - there wasn't much customizing at all. Norton overall I lost faith in a long time ago, which is a huge shame as they used to be ultra reliable. I still keep their DOS tools on my utility USB.

      I tried O&O defrag a few years back and was turned off for some reason. I'll give it another go, thanks.

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