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    defrag

    I'm running XP Home SP2.
    Looking for a free defrag program that is faster and hopefully better than Windows defrag.

    Some news letter I get recommended "Auslogics Disk Defrag"
    I tried it , it is faster, but when it finishes it says it doesn't move around programs to them run faster (i forget the word used).
    Anyone use this program?
    Any other suggestions on what program to use?

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    John

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    Re: defrag

    See the recent thread starting at <post:=699,963>post 699,963</post:>.

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    Re: defrag

    Like many other important utilities we need to keep our computers in top shape, this too is a subject of "free or not" debate. Defragging is something one can't take a chance on having a screwup with, so I don't know how much faith should be put in the freebies that ARE out there. For my money, and it is a little money, something like PerfectDisk 2008 Professional is worth every penny paid for it, in trust and reliability. I've also used, in the past, Diskeeper 2008 and didn't have any problems with it at the time. YMMV...

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    Re: defrag

    Perfect Disk has a <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> 30 day trial available here.
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    Re: defrag

    How about Defraggle

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    Re: defrag

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    Re: defrag

    Would you please tell me why you stopped using Diskeeper? I'm thinking about making a purchase and would like to have that information before I do.

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    Re: defrag

    Oh lordy Gloria, my old head hurts already, trying to recollect. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> Seriously though, it's been a long time and it was here in The Lounge where someone recommended PerfectDisk. I'm leaving for work now, so when I come home later this afternoon, I'll search The Lounge for "diskeeper" and any threads that I was involved in to see if I can find it. If you find it in the meantime, post back here so I'll know you found it. All I can remember is that I don't think it was anything major. More later...

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    Re: defrag

    Don't worry your brain about responding to my request. I found everything concerning defraggers by doing a search here on Woody's. I've narrowed it down to 2 programs. I even found the thread that I created on finding a defragger and it was a long one.

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    Re: defrag

    >I found everything concerning defraggers by doing a search here on Woody's. I've narrowed it down to 2 programs. I even found the thread that I created on finding a defragger and it was a long one.

    So I guess you never found one back then and haven't felt you needed one again until now. <img src=/S/scratch.gif border=0 alt=scratch width=25 height=29>
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    Re: defrag

    Not so, I tried 3 different ones, Defraggler; Diskeeper 2008; and Auslogics Disk Defrag. All of which have been removed. I'm now awaiting the 30 day trial of the Perfect Disk email to try that one.

    Defraggler and Auslogics were all freeware programs. Diskeeper was a 30 evaluation program that was about to expire. None of them gave me an problems, but I think freeware programs are not as efficient as the ones you purchase. After reading about Perfect Disk I think it suits my needs best.

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    Re: defrag

    Gloria, I don't think you'll be disappointed with PerfectDisk. I did do what I told you and searched back to 2004 for this thread ( <post:=393,303>post 393,303</post:> ) which has comments from <!profile=JoePerez>JoePerez<!/profile>, <!profile=WyllyWylly>WyllyWylly<!/profile> and yours truly about some of the things concerning Diskeeper. As I remembered, none major, BUT I've been very happy with PerfectDisk ever since I bought it.

    For the record, I used to run it every night, in the wee hours to defrag my C: drive but I stopped doing that when I started using disk imaging overnight to do daily incremental backups. Running a defragger when you're using an imaging product (initially True Image and now Shadow Protect) is not a good idea for doing incremental backups. In a manner of speaking, it creates what amounts to full images each time. Nowadays, I run PerfectDisk every other week, just prior to doing a new, initial full image backup. So far this year, my machine is perking along nicely.

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    Re: defrag

    I've installed it, but haven't run it yet. I'm going to do that in a few minutes. After all the programs I've deleted and installed, my drive could use a good defrag. With a recommendation from you, I know it's got to be good.
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    Re: defrag

    Keep in mind that it may tell you that you need to do a "boot time" defrag and if it does, you should agree and let it do the rest of the job on a reboot. Every once in awhile, it tells me that I need to let it run a separate analysis and defrag on my "system" files and that doesn't usually take too long, but sometimes requires a boot to get a clear shot at the files. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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    Re: defrag

    <IMG SRC=http://www.the-highway.com/Smileys/btdt.gif> Tried most of the freebies over the years, although obviously not any of the relatively new ones that have been introduced, but also nearly all of the major "pay" defraggers. Allowing for personal preferences among the 2 or 3 very top performers, I went with Perfect Disk and have not been disappointed with it whatsoever.

    So, I say, "Go with Perfect Disk 2008!"

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