Combine The Pieces Together - Third Party Windows Defragmenter (Part 1) - O & O Defrag 15 Professional Edition

6/23/2012 10:44:34 AM

Hard drive defragment likes paying taxes: it is something that everyone knows they should do but avoid doing as long as possible. Then, when they ultimately decide to do, they will seek the cheapest, fastest way to complete it, instead of looking for other ways that can give better benefits.

Description: Combine The Pieces Together - Third Party Windows Defragmenter

Please ignore the similarities before we send money abroad to the Cayman Islands, and focus entirely on the defrag utility. The simplest version, as you'll find in Windows, just combine the parts of files scattered across the drive. While this speeds up a heavy fragmented drive, it lacks many useful features, such as start defragmentation the hard disk automatically when the disk reaches fragmentation level as users defined, or defragmentation in the background in real time when the defrag occurs. After that is the optimization: the different ways to rearrange the files on the drive to help retrieve data faster. You can store the most frequently used files on the external sectors of the disk platters, which are always read faster. Or you want to layout the files for a large, heavy graphics or gaming application in a unique position to increase access speed when its components load with time. There are many possibilities and great results - as long as your defrag program has the tools you need.

In this forum, we will consider a defragmenter attracts different types of users. All are free or available as shareware with a fully functional free trial period.

O & O Defrag 15 Professional Edition

Description: The screen shows many partitions of Defrag 15

The screen shows many partitions of Defrag 15

If you find the dripping faucet concept is attractive, the idea of analysis and defrag multiple partitions on hard drive will definitely impress you. Assuming it is not true, let’s consider Defrag 15 Pro. It grows on multiple partitions, presents them when conducting the fragmentation analysis with lightning speed. It also has full functionality. You can create and program the repetitive defragmentation and plus batch commands to run before or after a job. Defragging an individual file or folder, excluding the special files from the process, defragment at startup, stop work and automatically optimized based on the processor or hard drive load by the user determined. There are even options to stop Defrag 15 Pro if one of the few programs you listed starts running.

This defragmenter also provides a convenient report array, including the charts show the level of fragmentation of each drive in 4-week period and a disk fragmentation screen on the basis of each file, which gives the number of fragmented information, the file size, etc.

You would expect multiple optimization methods in a full-featured defrag program, and Defrag 15 Pro does not disappoint in this field, even though it takes time to get used to the name of the process. Stealth mode is applied to have speed and low resource usage during defragmentation and file combination, but Space mode maximizes contiguous free space. 3 complete defragmentation forms include Access (sorted by last visit), Modified (sorted by last modified date) and Name (sort by alphabetical order). There are also filing zone, an additional feature arranges important files on the outermost grooves and the less important files on the inside track, with the default settings for each file that you can change easily. Our complaint is, like many other defragmentation, Defrag 15 Pro had problems in determining the time that a big job will need. For example, we implemented a work that the program informed it is going to take 117 minutes, but it ended in only more than 1 hour. The work other greater defragmentations still shows the inconsistency. (Raxco PerfectDisk 12 has no guesswork at all - which may be the best solution).

Description: This screen shows Defrag 15 while working

This screen shows Defrag 15 while working 

However, it is relatively small defects in a very strong product. Defrag 15 Pro is feature-rich, and easy to implement everything it offers. Though it is not cheap, but 30-day trial version allows you to explore its potential.

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