Edit: I wrote this post two and a half years ago. It is no longer relevant. Please don’t read it.
Just like the cables underneath your desk, things on your hard drive have a tendency to get tangled. Files fragments are scattered and things get harder and harder to find.
Thankfully, Windows has come with its very own Disk defragmenter since Windows 95, but many (faster) alternatives have been made available to the public.
- Auslogics Disk Defrag
Auslogics Disk Defrag features a minimalistic design. At the top, your disk drives are listed alphabetically by their drive letters. At the bottom, the selected disk is displayed as a grid.
Defraggler’s User Interface is very similar to that of Auslogics Disk Defrag. Drives are listed at the top; a grid is show underneath it. However, Defraggler also shows information about your disk including
- Used Space
- Free Space
- List of files to be Defragmented
- A simple file search function
In addition, Defraggler’s window is smaller and takes up less space than that of Auslogic’s.
The program with the best User Interface is
The primary purpose of a Disk Defragmenter is to defragment files, however, other functions are always nice.
- Auslogic’s Disk Defrag
Auslogics functionality is rather limited and simple. Both Auslogics and Defraggler have the ability to defragment single files or folders. They also include options for scheduling defrags and excluding files. But besides these basic functions, AusLogics has very little else to offer.
Disk Defrag’s settings are simple enough for anybody to use, yet customizable to suit your personal needs.
Defragger is teeming with extra tools and options that provide much greater functionality.
Defraggler has a simple search engine to find files on your computer. Their search lets you input both filesnames and sizes to search for.
Defraggler’s Scheduling options are almost identical to those of Auslogics Disk Defrag. Whichever one you choose, you shouldn’t have any problems scheduling automatic Disk Defrags.
In terms of Functionality, the clear winner is
Whew, that was a hard word to spell. It took around 4 times to get “performance” right. One of the most important parts of a Disk Defragmenter is its performance while cleaning up your files. Windows’ built in defragmenter is sluggish and slow. In addition, it takes a great deal of CPU Power and memory to finish a defragmentation, not to mention the bizarre disk activity involved.
In terms of perfomance, I decided to run a little experiment. I ran both Disk Defrag and Defraggler on identical folders of extremely fragmented files.
Auslogics Disk Defrag finished in 19.2 seconds.
Defraggler finished in 24.5 seconds.
So, not a big difference, but Auslogics came out a few seconds ahead.
The winner for the Performance Test is
Auslogics Disk Defrag
I personally use AusLogics Disk Defrag most of the time, as it gets the job done faster. But, Defraggler’s extra funcions and nice GUI are nothing to laugh about. Take your pick~!