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One of the low points of using Windows as your operating system of choice is that you have to defrag its file system once in a while to keep it running at an optimal level. This is because of the way Windows stores and delete files which makes your data scattered all over the hard disk, thus making the process of finding it later becomes slower over time.
To makes matter much worse, the default Windows defragmenter is not that efficient but thankfully, there are many free Windows file defragmenter applications out there that does a better job.
Here are 8 of the coolest, free windows disk defragmenter alternatives:
1. How to defrag just files and folders with Defraggler [download]
Defraggler does not only enables you to defragment selected disk drives, it also allows you to defragment selected files and folders! That way, you can quickly defrag what you want without having to wait for a lengthy, full disk defragment process. It also comes in a portable and single 1MB executable file.
2. How to defragment files that are open for exclusive access with PageDefrag [download]
Unlike Windows NT or Windows 2000 default defragmenter, PageDefrag is able to defragment files that are open for exclusive access which is the highlight of this cool product.
3.How to defrag in the background with IOBit Smart Defrag [download]
SmartDefrag will perform the defragmentation process automatically without your intervention. Being smart, it continuously runs in the background as you work with your computer. A manual defrag option is also available. This is one of the best, free disk defragmentation program that you can find out there. Best of all, it is free for home and commercial use!
4. How to get a portable defragger with WinContig [download]
Yet another free disk defragmenter that comes with a file / folder specific defragmentation option so you don’t have to defrag an entire disk partition. Does not require any installation and Windows Vista ready.
5. How to defrag using less system resources with JKDefrag [download]
With this tool, defragmentation can be run automatically or manually with the user’s consent. JKDefrag suits techies that prefer extra defragmentation options because it is run from the Windows command line interface. One of its unique features is a screensaver version that shows you the defragmentation process.
6. How to defrag faster with Auslogics Disk Defrag [download]
This tool supports FAT 16, FAT 32, and NTFS volumes. Comes with a user friendly interface and performs defrag slightly faster than the default Windows defragmenter. Excellent, easy to use user interface for both beginners and experts.
7. How to defrag and optimize file placement with UltimateDefrag Freeware Edition [download]
Another free disk defrag that comes with a file placement tool that aims to place your files effectively so you can have maximum performance from your hard disk.
8. How to defrag files upon detecting changes with Buzzsaw On-The-Fly Defragmenter [download]
This tool install and runs as a Windows Service and will defrag your files as soon as it detects changes, only when your computer CPU usage is minimal, thus reflecting the On-The-Fly catchphrase above.
This post was written by Syahid Ali, our new ongoing contributor to Friedbeef’s Tech. Want to write for us? Just contact us and we’ll work something out.