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Disk Defrag Comparison


Beerman

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I personally defrag once a week and I've seen differences in many of my systems doing so. Maximum PC tested 4 programs: Auslogics (free) Diskeeper, Raxo and Vista's built in (v e r y, s l o w) defragger. Oddly enough, none of these programs proved very beneficial. Basically, don't spend money and use either the free Auslogics or Vista. Vista runs at a low priority but Auslogics runs faster but still doesn't slow the system down much.

Your mileage may vary but I still feel regular weekly defrags greatly help the average user.

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I personally defrag once a week and I've seen differences in many of my systems doing so. Maximum PC tested 4 programs: Auslogics (free) Diskeeper, Raxo and Vista's built in (v e r y, s l o w) defragger. Oddly enough, none of these programs proved very beneficial. Basically, don't spend money and use either the free Auslogics or Vista. Vista runs at a low priority but Auslogics runs faster but still doesn't slow the system down much.

Your mileage may vary but I still feel regular weekly defrags greatly help the average user.

 

I use Diskeeper, with good results, but then again, I am running XP.

 

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I'm still on XP and just use the built-in defrag. It seems to work well enough.

In terms of frequency, I do it as needed. Sometimes that's once a month, sometimes daily. I can spend some days editing and moving around gigs worth of pics (I'm a wedding photographer), and I get files fragmenting all over the place as I edit them, backem up and upload them to my server.

I've heard some people say that you should defrag once or twice a year, as it puts unbearable strain on the harddrive(s). Personally, I think it puts far more strain on a harddrive to have millions of little red fragments all over the dang place.

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I own Raxco's PerfectDisk RX Suite. I took it off because my saved cookies and forms kept disappearing even though I had that feature turned off in the software. Their tech support never found the problem. I bought just for the defrag part.

 

I'm not testing a freebie called Defraggler. It does a two pass: first defrags the files and then defrags the free space. It seems to be quit thorough. So far so good...

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I read that same article Paul and some time ago on the forum someone suggested using Austlogics free defragger. I have tried it twice now and it does do the job faster for the same amount of files and has a fancy look to it compared to the one that Vista has (which incidently seems to take forever !!). But I kind of go along with the tests that were made by Max. PC as I really haven't noticed any difference in how the computer runs after doing either. It's a state of mind to me, mostly.

 

Frank...

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I read that same article Paul and some time ago on the forum someone suggested using Austlogics free defragger. I have tried it twice now and it does do the job faster for the same amount of files and has a fancy look to it compared to the one that Vista has (which incidently seems to take forever !!). But I kind of go along with the tests that were made by Max. PC as I really haven't noticed any difference in how the computer runs after doing either. It's a state of mind to me, mostly.

 

Frank...

It was I that suggested Auslogics and now I have it on all my systems.

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I've been using Auslogic's defragger for a while now and I've had no problems.It seems relatively fast.I can defrag my drive in about 25 min.I know that's definately faster than XP or Vista's built in one.

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I use Norton Ghost. I back the system drive up, and then restore it from backup. When the restore is finished the drive is defragged. :)

Are you sure you don't get paid from Norton for advertising Ghost? :lol:

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I use Diskeeper, with good results, but then again, I am running XP.

 

What version, home, professional, or pro premier?

 

I have read the Disk Defragmenter Utility included with XP is actually what is known as a Lite or slightly crippled version of Diskeeper, a product made by (formerly Executive Software).

 

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What version, home, professional, or pro premier?

 

I have read the Disk Defragmenter Utility included with XP is actually what is known as a Lite or slightly crippled version of Diskeeper, a product made by (formerly Executive Software).

 

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The MaxPC did point out that XP's defragger is (was) created by Diskeeper. I had Diskeeper 8 for awhile and used the 'Set it and Forget it' feature and it worked pretty good but seemed to slow my system down too much.

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I use Norton Ghost. I back the system drive up, and then restore it from backup. When the restore is finished the drive is defragged. :)

Interesting. I thought the purpose of an image was to keep things in the same location, sector for sector, including fragmentation. You're saying that isn't the case? In which case, it's the "intelligence" in the program that keeps boot stuff in the right location? Again, interesting.

 

I'll have to see what True Image does that way, in my "spare time" (read, don't necessarily look for that to happen anytime soon).

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Not to get off topic but here's another nifty little app from Auslogic.It's their System Info tool.Not a bad tool.

I have the full version of Auslogics Boostspeed which includes a number of tools of which that is one. As well as File shredder, Startup Manager, Speedtest and Optimizer to name a few. I've never really tried all of them there's so many.

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Yeah it looks like BoostSpeed has a bunch of different utilities.I think if you look at the site it seems that it's like a suite of a bunch of their utilities.

I use the free ones...lol,Disc Defragger,Registry defragger and the System Info tool.

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Not to get off topic but here's another nifty little app from Auslogic.It's their System Info tool.Not a bad tool.

 

Thanks Terry for that link. Boy, that utility program has just about all the informatiuon anyone would want to know about your computer and right at your finger tips too !!! You can get most all that information manually if you know where to go to get it but boy does this little program make it easy :) Gracias. Too bad that we can have all these Roxio users that post problems on the forum without giving us any information about their computers, downlaod this utility and post the information for us LOL !

 

Frank...

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Interesting. I thought the purpose of an image was to keep things in the same location, sector for sector, including fragmentation. You're saying that isn't the case? In which case, it's the "intelligence" in the program that keeps boot stuff in the right location? Again, interesting.

 

No, while there are command-line switches which can be used to make a forensic image of the entire drive, the normal backup seems to work on a file-by-file basis.

 

Intelligence? Remember, the original was written by one of my countrymen!! :lol:

 

 

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