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#1 vancreef

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 06:21 AM

whenever i defrag my laptop using Windows defragmenter, i always notice that there are still a few gaps left. if i run it again it defrags a bit more. Why doesn't it just do as much as it can, the first time, instead of defragging 3 or 4 times? i used to have a different defragger on my pc, which constantly run in the background, defragging files as they were fragmented. can't remember the name now, but an update for it was unstable and i ended up removing it, only to find that i couldn't go back to windows defragger, cos it had un-installed that as well!!. so what i am finally asking, (sorry for the blah blah blah) is if anyone knows of any free defraggers that work really well. or should i just stick to Windows defragger?

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 06:50 AM

You can find some recommended free programs here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic3616.html
Personally, I preferred VoptXP a while back (about $40 US) but haven't used anything but the Windows defragger recently.
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Posted 17 August 2008 - 07:32 AM

Hello vancreef,

I would recommend http://www.iobit.com/iobitsmartdefrag.html
Or,
http://www.auslogics.com/disk-defrag

They are both very good, I'm using the former and have no complaints at all.

If you want the window defrag back, I would download http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/System...ial-a-fix.shtml once running, click the hammer icon in the bottom right then perform the reinstall defrag option.
Regards,

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 10:19 AM

I use Defraggler from the folks behind CCleaner. Defragmenting is one of those things that Windows is supposed to do but it tends not to do it very well so a lot of us use third party apps that seem to be more effective.



http://www.defraggler.com/

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Posted 31 August 2008 - 10:21 AM

installed and ran the Smart Defrag, which took about 45mins to do. i must admit, it is running a lot quicker, and doesn't seem to be thinking twice, about everything i ask it to do. only thing i have noticed is, half an hour later, i ran it again, and it took another 30mins to defrag. the pre defrag analysis looked terrible. there was red everywhere. is this normal, when all i had done, since the last defrag, was surf the net? anyway, thanks for the recommendation of this program. definately seems better than microsoft defragger. cheers.

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Posted 31 August 2008 - 11:22 AM

Before you run a defrag, it can be helpful to first delete all unneeded files, delete temp files, clear web browser caches, etc.
Run Windows Disk Cleanup first, and then manually get rid of the other stuff, or use an automated cleaner program. Be sure to clear away unneeded error logs too. This is especially an issue for Vista.

Another thing that can help is to temporarily disable virtual RAM and restart, then clean up and defrag. This will remove the pagefile.sys leaving quite a bit more space for defragging. After defragging is complete, then turn virtual RAM back on if you need it and restart.

Personally I use WinContig and JKdefrag, but both of those rely upon native Windows defragment routines so I'm not sure if they would work on your system if Windows defrag was removed.
They are worth a try though. They are very fast and configurable.

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Posted 01 September 2008 - 11:08 AM

The best way I have found is to use Ccleaner to get the junk out and then defrag with Diskeeper Pro. I does 300 gig in a few minutes. (10 to 15 min.) Of course it depends on the speed of your system.




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