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Windows Defrag vs Third Party Defrag

by threeDs / November 22, 2009 8:35 AM PST

This is something I've been curious about. How does CNET (or any other technical site) determine if a third party defrag program like Smart Defrag is better than Windows Defrag. It's not clear from reading the reviews. Not that I mean to single out Windows Defrag; I just happen to be working with it today. Thanks everyone.

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Editor perception...
by John.Wilkinson / November 23, 2009 1:40 AM PST

Each person has his/her own perception of which application is better than another, but there are standard characteristics evaluated for each product type. For instance, defragmenters are evaluated for speed, fragmentation levels after fragmentation, the ability to defragment in the background/real-time, and the ability to even prevent fragmentation.

On a side note: Windows' defragmenter was originally a bare-bones copy of Diskeeper, though the two have been largely developed individually for the past decade or so, with Diskeeper being the 'advanced' third-party option.

Hope this helps,

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One tid and a few bits...
by Parabraves1 / November 25, 2009 9:03 PM PST
In reply to: Editor perception...

First, *ON* point- I don't know about Vista/7, but previous Windows defraggers pretty much required you to shut down not only computer use, but computer non-use as well. Time consumption was mentioned by the editor but there's also dipping into display settings to shut down your screen saver as well. Combine the time saved using CNET downloads with the time and hassle to allow it to even work through Windows. You can now complete a necessary task many people used to fear and loathe (not necessarily in Las Vegas).

Quality of a finished process will always remain a debate around here. Some have advantages, for example I think Auslogics is the one that has a bonus download to override the screen saver, should you forget to kill it. I also believe Smart Defrag is supposedly the one that is more friendly to background-running. SD's problem is it loads at start-up and will continue to lurk after you're finished. Simple fix, obviously, but an annoyance that some apps are designed to stop. Windows has the worst of all worlds, considering you won't use it the way you need to if you're relying on it alone.

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