So I'm on a quest to find the best disk defragging software out there. Here are some of the more popular options:
Diskeeper 2008 Home edition puts your PC in the driver’s seat, allowing you to enjoy unprecedented performance and reliability while you work, browse and play. Fragmented hard drives drain critical system resources and compromise almost every aspect of daily computer use, leading to longer load times, persistent lags and costly crashes. Diskeeper 2008 Home shifts your system into high gear, ensuring that all your programs are running at peak performance.
I used Diskeeper for about a year and then gave it up. My initial impression of the software was very good. Things seemed to run faster and I liked that you didn't have to manually defrag your drive. However, I eventually noticed that it created folders all over your hard drive to store log files. This annoyed me. Diskeeper also seemed to use a significant amount of system resources.
Delivering a unique set of easy-to-use features and benefits not found in any other solution, PerfectDisk® 2008 will make your computer run like new. Work and play faster - and smarter. PerfectDisk makes everything you do on your computer faster - so you can be more efficient at your work or play. PerfectDisk 2008’s patented SMARTPlacement™ optimization is paired with its exclusive single-pass defragmentation and Space Restoration Technology™ to maximize PC and laptop performance. All controlled and automated according to your unique requirements through AutoPilot Scheduling™ or StealthPatrol™ unattended background processing.
I haven't used this program, but would be willing to give it a try. I'm very curious to hear from any PAer that has used it. Is it similar to diskeeper in that it tries to take over your hard drive?
O&O Defrag 10 is the newest generation of the very successful O&O Defrag. Simply, quickly, and securely, you can get the maximum performance out of your expensive hardware investments - and all this with only a tiny investment of time and energy! The new O&O Defrag 10 Professional Edition for Windows-based workstations unlocks the hidden Performance of your computer. This software will optimize your hard disk in Windows Vista, XP Home, Windows XP Professional and Windows 2000 Professional, securely repacking fragmented files together for more efficiency. In addition, O&O Defrag 10 Professional Edition boasts outstanding usability and a myriad of important functions not found in any other defragmentation software platforms on the market today.
Same deal as perfectdisk, I haven't used it but would be curious to try it if several people recommend it.
Some freeware defragmenters that are worth checking out:
- a small app by Piriform, the people that made the oh-so-awesome CCleaner.
- bare-bones, open source defragmenter. Doesn't even require an install.
AusLogic's Disk Defrag
- simple defragmenter with an easy UI. Unfortunately, not customizable.
So, what defrag programs do you guys use? What do you look for in a defrag program: features/efficient use of resources/etc?