How do I Choose the Best Defragmentation Tools?

G. Wiesen

Finding the best defragmentation tools for your needs is typically about understanding what you want from a defragmentation application and then finding something to fit your needs. For most common purposes, some operating systems (OS) include a tool with the OS that can be used to defrag a computer user’s hard drive. If more sophisticated defragmentation tools are desired, then there are a number of third party programs that can offer more extensive features. These include tools such as scheduled defragmentation, being able to run in the background to defrag frequently, and even larger toolsets that can deal with other computer issues as well.

A hard drive.
A hard drive.

Defragmentation tools are software programs or applications that allow a computer user to defrag any hard drives that may be connected to the computer. When a computer saves data in the form of various files and directories, this data is stored on the hard drive in a way that is as efficient as possible. As data is deleted and new data stored on a drive, the process can become a bit fragmented and different parts of one piece of data can be somewhat scattered on the drive. This can make recalling the data more complicated and time consuming for the hard drive.

Windows OS systems feature tools for disc defragmentation.
Windows OS systems feature tools for disc defragmentation.

Disc defragmentation reorganizes the data on the hard drive so pieces of data are stored together and in a contiguous order that makes processing faster and more efficient. Defragmentation tools are programs that allow a user to perform this process as easily and quickly as possible. The Windows® OS comes with simple defragmentation tools that allow a user to defrag a hard drive. Some types of OS, such as the Mac OS X® feature different file architecture that allows for less fragmentation during saving and accessing files. For this type of OS, third party defragmentation tools are typically needed and many different programs are available.

You should consider whether you would prefer a freeware program or if you are willing to buy a defrag program. While most freeware defragmentation tools will work quite effectively, you may be able to get better performance and more options from commercial software. Depending on your needs, you may also want to look for a program that can run in the background to perform frequent defragmentation and keep your hard drive as orderly as possible.

Some of these defragmentation tools will also allow you to set up scheduled defrags so that you do not need to remember to do it. They may also allow you to have the computer shut down after the scheduled defrag. This allows you to leave a computer on when not in use, and the scheduled defrag will occur then shut down your computer for you. There are also a number of larger toolsets you can utilize to perform other types of computer maintenance, which may also include a disc defrag tool. You should look for user reviews whenever possible, to see how others have found the tools to work for them.

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