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Defragmenting Vista....

Defragmenting Vista....

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Following up on my post the other day, about partitioning and disk management in Vista, so I thought I'd build on that by revealing a little tool that a colleague has found, that you may find useful.  Now, before you fly off the handle, judging by the title, and say "you aren't revealing the Disk Defragmenter!  It's been around for years!" - hold on!  I know that!  What I want to talk about is...another disk defragmenting tool, which does the same job, but in a way that may be more useful to some.

So, in Vista, we have the Disk Defragmenter, and, all in all, it does exactly what it says on the tin, defragments your hard disk and looks like this...

Disk Defrag in Vista

Nice and simple right?  Right. Only problem for me, and a few others have found this too, is that, although you can easily modify your schedule, and have it run in the background, every day if you want, if you want to do a manual defragmentation (I don't mean go and find and move each file yourself!  Just press the 'Defragment now' button!), you never know how long it will take, how much is done, and you can't see a report afterwards, like you could with XP.  You can't even pause it!  Why was XP so feature-rich in this area in comparison?

Disk Defrag in XP

So I guess some of the more 'advanced' features have been sacrificed for simplicity.  Fear not, I have an answer, and it comes in the form of Auslogics Disk Defragmenter.  Not only does this little beauty run fine in XP and on the current Windows Server offerings, but it also runs fine on Vista, and Longhorn Server!  Some of the other benefits are:

  • Improve computer performance and stability
  • Increase your productivity - no more waiting for files to open
  • Defragment disks in only a few minutes
  • Useful disk fragmentation map and detailed fragmentation report
  • Uses Microsoft's Safe Defragmentation API, and provides an increased defragmentation speed and detailed cluster map and defragmentation report

So what does it look like?  Click the screenshots to enlarge them!  This is running on Vista by the way!

Start Page

Defrag in Progress

Finished Result

Overall, its a pretty good program, and for free, even better!  It works well, its fast, its pretty clear to see how long it will take to complete, you can pause, stop and view reports (which are very comprehensive) - what more could you want?  It's also getting good reviews over on Download.com.

It's a shame there is no scheduling - I guess you could use Task Scheduler to automate the process a little more, but unfortunately, unlike Vista's Defragmenter, it can't run in the background - for example, my Vista defrag ran today, while I was at lunch.  Did I know?  Nope.  I guess it's swings and roundabouts.  You either want automation and simplicity, or manual and more advanced controls.  Until a product comes out with both - I guess it's one or the other!  You decide! :-)

 

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  • Thanks for this!!! I have tried defraging in vista, and it really didn't seem to do anything besides just acting like it was working. The first time I ran this Auslogics program, it improved greatly!!!

  • Thank heavens for google! That's how i found your blog.. and your post.

    Auslogics worked FAST (i was at that doubting stage with my vista defrag and the scheduling wasn't working).  

    So it says i have 1.5% less fragmentation.  Not much. Maybe not enough to soup up the system.  Any other ideas?  Thanks!

    Jacqui

    NZ

  • Hi Jacqui - without getting into technical services etc, I would say that using Defrag is the easiest way to squeeze a bit more performance out of Vista - you could run it a few times if you want to ensure you've got everything.

    If you do a search on the web for tuning Vista, I'm sure there are more things you can do out there, but not all of them are as reliable as first seems.

    Matt

  • Nice fine - some very useful tools :-)

  • They do some other tools too you may want too look at.

    Tune Vista ? Upgrade to Windows 7 - or downgrade to XP ;-)

  • You don't know how close I came to including the first one in my response :-)

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