Comparison of defragmentation software

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The following is a comparison of notable file system defragmentation software:

Program Developer License Supported file systems Supported platforms GUI CLI Script Scheduler Boot time Auto defrag when idle Stable release
Ashampoo Magical Defrag Ashampoo Proprietary (Commercial) NTFS Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, and 7 (including 64-bit versions) Yes 3.0.2 (February 2, 2010)
Auslogics Disk Defrag Auslogics Proprietary (Freeware) FAT16, FAT32, NTFS Microsoft Windows XP, Server 2003, Vista, Server 2008, 7, and 8 (including 64-bit versions) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 4.5.4 (March 5, 2014; 5 months ago (2014-03-05)) [±]
Auslogics Defrag Screensaver Auslogics Proprietary FAT16, FAT32, NTFS Microsoft Windows XP, Server 2003, Vista, Server 2008, and 7 (including 64-bit versions) No No No No[note 1] No 1.1.1.50
Contig Windows Sysinternals Proprietary (Freeware) NTFS Microsoft Windows XP, Server 2003, and higher No[1] Yes No Win TS[note 2] No Win TS[note 3] 1.6 (February 1, 2011)[1]
Defraggler Piriform Proprietary (Freeware) FAT32, NTFS, exFAT Microsoft Windows XP, Server 2003, Vista, Server 2008, and 7 (including 64-bit versions) Yes Yes No Win TS[note 4] Yes Win TS[note 3] 2.18.945[3] (April 16, 2014 (2014-04-16)) [±]
Diskeeper Condusiv Technologies Proprietary[4] (Commercial) FAT16, FAT32, NTFS Microsoft Windows XP and higher Yes[4] Yes[5] Yes[6] Yes[note 5] Yes[7] Yes 2012 (16.0.1017.0) (October 26, 2012 (2012-10-26)[citation needed]) [±]
DiskTune DIY DataRecovery Proprietary (Freeware) FAT16, FAT32, NTFS Microsoft Windows XP, Server 2003, Vista, Server 2008, and 7 (including 64-bit versions) Yes 1.1.31 (April 6, 2009 (2009-04-06)) [±]
mst Defrag mst Software Proprietary[4] (Commercial) NTFS Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Server 2008, and 7 (including 64-bit versions) Yes Yes Yes Yes 3.6
MyDefrag Jeroen Kessels Proprietary (Freeware) FAT16, FAT32, NTFS Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Server 2008, and 7 (including 64-bit versions) Yes Yes Yes Win TS[note 2] No Win TS[note 3] 4.3.1 (May 21, 2010 (2010-05-21)) [±]
O&O Defrag O&O Software Proprietary[4] (Commercial) FAT16, FAT32, NTFS Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Server 2008, 7, and 8 (including 64-bit versions) Yes Yes Yes Yes 17.5.559 (2014 (2014)) [±]
PerfectDisk Raxco Software Proprietary[4] (Commercial) FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, exFAT Microsoft Windows XP, Server 2003, Vista, Server 2008, Home Server, 7, and 8 (including 64-bit versions) Yes Yes[8] Yes Yes Yes Yes 13.0 Build 783 (January 23, 2014 (2014-01-23)) [±]
SmartDefrag IObit Proprietary (Freeware) Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Server 2008, 7, and 8 (including 64-bit versions) Yes Yes Yes Yes 2.7
UltimateDefrag DiskTrix Proprietary[9] (Commercial) FAT32, NTFS Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, and 7 (including 64-bit versions) Yes Yes Yes 4.0.98.0 (July 3, 2012; 2 years ago (2012-07-03)) [±]
UltraDefrag Dmitri Arkhangelski, Justin Dearing, Sayem Chaklader, Stefan Pendl GNU GPL FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, exFAT[10] Windows NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Server 2008, 7, and 8 (including 64-bit versions) Yes Yes Yes[note 6][11] Win TS[note 2] Yes Win TS[note 3] 6.0.2 (May 17, 2013 (2013-05-17)) [±]
Vopt GoldenBow Proprietary (Commercial) FAT32, NTFS Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Server 2008, and 7 (including 64-bit versions) Yes Yes 9.21.0001 (November 14, 2010 (2010-11-14)) [±]
WinContig[12] Marco D'Amato Proprietary (Freeware) FAT16, FAT32, NTFS Microsoft Windows XP, Server 2003, Vista, Server 2008, 7, and 8 (including 64-bit versions) Yes Yes Yes Win TS[note 2] Win TS[note 3] 1.35.02
Program Developer License Supported file systems Supported platforms GUI CLI Script Scheduler Boot time Auto defrag when idle Stable release

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ As with any screensaver, it must be scheduled opposite computer use.
  2. ^ a b c d Defrag activity can be scheduled using the Windows Task Scheduler.
  3. ^ a b c d e Windows Task Scheduler "Idle" schedules and options settings will be applied to scheduled tasks.
  4. ^ Defraggler's GUI only provides an interface to configure defragmenting activity in Windows Task Scheduler; Windows Task Scheduler service is required to be running for those tasks to be executed.[2]
  5. ^ Condusiv Technologies claims its InvisiTasking technology eliminates the need for scheduled defragmentation.
  6. ^ UltraDefrag can be run in batch scripts and apply several parameters separately for each disk.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Russinovich, Mark (February 1, 2011). "Contig v1.6". Windows Sysinternals. Microsoft. Retrieved June 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Scheduler". Piriform.com. Piriform. Retrieved 2013-12-13. 
  3. ^ Defraggler version history on piriform.com
  4. ^ a b c d e Dragan, Richard (May 4, 2005). "Defraggers". PC Magazine (Ziff Davis). Retrieved November 22, 2010. 
  5. ^ "DKService.exe: What is it? Discover Defrag Components & More". Condusiv Technologies. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Group Policy Setup for Condusiv Technologies Products". Condusiv Technologies. 2007. p. 1. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  7. ^ "New Boot-Time Defrag in Diskeeper (2008/2009)". Condusiv Technologies. February 3, 2009. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  8. ^ "PDCmd.exe Command Reference". 
  9. ^ "Download UltimateDefrag Free Public Domain Edition". PCWorld. Retrieved April 9, 2013. 
  10. ^ UltraDefrag features
  11. ^ UltraDefrag documentation and UltraDefrag 5.0.4 handbook
  12. ^ D'Amato, Marco. "WinContig". md:t. Retrieved December 11, 2013.