If you want to defragment your hard drive, Windows has you covered. Microsoft’s operating system has been offering defragmentation tools for quite some now. That being said, there are plenty of third-party tools which offer features not found in the standard Windows package. In this post we take a quick look at some of these programs.
1. Ashampoo Magical Defrag
Ashampoo Magical Defrag can be used to perform a thorough analysis of your PC’s hard disks, as well as automated defragmentation. A great thing about this tool, which sets it apart from others, is that it is SSD aware – something which can prove to be really important, since defragmentation is not good for an SSD.
Another nice touch is the fact that the application comes with a screensaver showing a world map as a way to let you know of the defragmentation status.
Ashampoo Magical Defrag is available for $14.99. As usual, there is a free trial available if you want to test the software first.
2. PerfectDisk Professional
PerfectDisk Professional lets you perform defragmentation at boot time, but also following a pre-defined schedule or manually. Moreover, the tool allows you to prevent auto-optimization from happening during specific periods of time.
In addition to this, PerfectDisk displays your hard drive’s SMART ((Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology)) information and comes with a neat dashboard view bringing together everything you need to know about your hardware’s status, SMART information, alerts, and scheduled tasks.
You can download PerfectDisk Professional from their website for $29.99, but you can also use a free trial version first.
3. UltimateDefrag Freeware Edition
Another great third-party tool for defragmenting your hard drive is Ultimate Defrag Freeware Edition. What’s particularly great about is the fact that it lets you choose which type of defragmentation you want to perform. What this means is that you can defragment files only, you can perform a consolidated defragmentation, or you can defragment according to filename and folder name, volatility, or how recent the files and folders are.
4. WinUtilities Free Edition
Another great program which you cost you anything is WinUtilities Free Edition. What sets it apart from other similar applications is the fact it offers a whole range of tools and utilities in addition to the defragmenter. These include a disk cleaner, a registry cleaner, and an uninstaller, among others.
One thing to keep in mind is that, although the free version comes with all the basic features, you can get a lot more if you go for the paid version.
5. Defrag Professional Edition
You can get O&O Defrag Professional Edition for $29.95, but there’s also a free trial available should you want to test the application before you buy it.