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    Disk Defragmentor

    I'm looking for an excellent Disk Defragmenter. I've narrowed my search to: Diskeeper 10 Home Edition and Perfect Disk 7.
    I would like some opinions on them before I purchase or use the free editions.
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    Re: Disk Defragmentor

    Hi Gloria,
    I tried Diskeeper ( an earlier version ) and found it's interface "klunky", not too intuitive.
    Haven't tried Perfect Disk, so no opinion there.
    I use Norton defrag, part of Systemworks and find it does a good job. Easy to use and fairly fast.
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    Re: Disk Defragmentor

    I use the standard one that comes free with Windows XP! My only gripe is that you can only defrag a single disk at once. It has (for me!) the Great Advantage of having a command line interface, so I can just create a BATch file to do DEFRAG C: as many times as you need to get the fragmentation figures down to as close to 0% as possible. This can be run overnight (say)...

    Why do you consider the built-in defragmenter insufficient?

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    Re: Disk Defragmentor

    I've used Perfect Disk (Raxco Software Windows Products - PerfectDisk 7.0) for a few years now and I switched from Diskeeper. I can't even remember why I switched, but I think ONE of the reasons was this quote from the PD web: "Requires as little as 5% free space." Anyhoo, I have PD doing an overnight, automatic defrag of most of my partitions (*) and it works well, I've never had any noticeable trouble with it and as far as I know, my machine purrs right along. As far as I'm concerned, many defraggers are a little klunky (Bob's comment) and maybe that can't be helped. I have an overnight virus scan scheduled at 11 PM, a selected file backup for 1 AM and my defrag at 4 AM and all three help me to sleep better. Good luck choosing. (I have no "rocks" to throw at Diskeeper, BTW!)

    (*) I don't defrag my swap file partition or my backup-dedicated drive (third hard drive).

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    Re: Disk Defragmentor

    Thank you Bob for your information. I'll wait until the other opinions come in, but that's one black mark against Diskeeper.
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    Re: Disk Defragmentor

    Hey Al,
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    (I have no "rocks" to throw at Diskeeper, BTW!)
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    I wasn't throwing any rocks either, just giving my humble opinion! <img src=/S/nope.gif border=0 alt=nope width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Disk Defragmentor

    I've run the default for many, many years. My complaint is that you can do nothing else while it's running. Another thing is that it takes too dang long to finish. When I had a third party defragmentor, I could run it after the default and it would find more to defrag. I think it was the defrag program for System Works, but I got rid of Symantec last year and don't want it back under any circumstances. The default also doesn't defrag all of the System Files. Therefore, the hunt for a new one.
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    Re: Disk Defragmentor

    That's one vote for Perfect Disk 7, I was leaning that direction, even before I made this post. I want my machine to purr along like yours. Knock on wood, so far, so good.
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    Re: Disk Defragmentor

    I knew you weren't throwing any rocks, and believe me, I value highly your humble opinion.
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    Re: Disk Defragmentor

    Sorry for the wording, Bob. I didn't mean to imply that you WERE throwing rocks. You were NOT. I just meant that I have none. As far as I know, both programs perform well. BTW, Gloria, here's some comments from PC Mag on the subject: Defraggers reviews by PC Magazine

    Also, the Raxco site has THEIR version of a comparison; and the Diskeeper site has something to say about why the built-in Windows version is weak, aside from the speed mentioned by PC Mag.

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    Re: Disk Defragmentor

    Big Al & Gloria,
    No offense taken here at all. Hence the smilies after the post.

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    Re: Disk Defragmentor

    I've used both Diskeeper and Perfect Disk and ended up with Perfect Disk. Like the other's who have commented, I don't have anything against Diskeeper. In fact, I do like their "Set it and Forget it" feature which monitors your system and defrags it as needed in the background. However, the thing that swayed me to Perfect Disk was the following article: Perfect Disk vs. Diskeeper Performance test.

    I too have Perfect Disk scheduled to defrag my main HDD during the early morning once per week. And monthly I do an "Offline Defrag". There are those who would question the value of defragging a HDD and think it is a waste of time and money. However, I do notice a difference after defragging my HDD, especially when I have been very "busy" throughout the week.

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    Re: Disk Defragmentor

    Edited by HansV to remove spaces from URLs.

    I use the free utility Power Defrag, basically a combination of the Contig command line defragmenter and the Power Defrag User Interface, which lets you defrag individual files and folders, and disk. You can find Contig here http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/Contig.html and PowerDefrag here: http://www.excessive-software.eu.tt/.

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    Re: Disk Defragmentor

    <hr>the thing that swayed me to Perfect Disk was the following article: Perfect Disk vs. Diskeeper Performance test.<hr>
    I read that article too, and was rather impressed with the superior performance of Perfect Disk - UNTIL I noticed that this was not an independent test, but rather a Raxco publication. <img src=/S/hmmn.gif border=0 alt=hmmn width=15 height=15> Possibly just a teensy weensy bit biased perhaps? <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Disk Defragmentor

    We use "Perfect Disk" also, on 4 machines (4 votes for it). Since installing it, we have had clean disks. We let it run at night and the programs does as the ad's state it will.

    We switched from Norton's and Perfect Disk seems to do just as good if not better of a job.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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