Defrag Smartly With Free Smart Defrag

image Fragmentation is caused by creating and deleting files and folders, installing new software, and downloading files from the Internet.

When you delete files or folders, the first available empty spaces on the Hard Drive are filled in randomly when you create new files and folders, as you do when you save pics from your camera, install software, save emails, or create documents.

Hard Disk fragmentation makes the disk drive heads move more than necessary when reading files which can degrade performance over time, and can lead to system slowdowns, computer crashes, slow startups and shutdowns.

But wait a minute – a fairly common point of view (espoused by many techs), holds that defragging a Hard Drive is pointless, and provides no measurable increase in system performance. On the other hand, there is also considerable support for the point of view as described above.

So which point of view then is more likely to be accurate, given that hard disk fragmentation makes the disk drive heads move more than necessary when reading files, which can lead to reduced performance in file input and output?

Despite the fact that it is difficult, to measure an increase in system performance following Hard Drive defragmentation, there is a slight leaning in the tech community toward defragmentation being a positive maintenance process. I support this point of view.

Smart Defrag is a great free tool to help you defrag on a scheduled, 0r unscheduled basis. CNET (which has great testing facilities), has chosen Smart Defrag as an Editor’s choice for April. That’s a pretty good recommendation, I think.

Fast facts:

Quick analysis and scans – defragment disks in minutes

Continuous, automated defragger (runs in the background)

Scheduler

Improve computer performance and stability

Increase your productivity – no more waiting for files to open

Clean, straightforward interface

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Operating Systems: Windows Vista, XP, 2000. and Windows 7

Before you begin a defrag process it’s important to run a program such as CCleaner which will empty your Recycle Bin, Temporary Internet Files folder, and other locations where clutter tends to accumulate on your PC.

As well, you should consider uninstalling any applications you no longer use. Revo Uninstaller is a free utility that will uninstall unneeded applications more thoroughly than the Windows native uninstaller.

Download at: Download.com

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7 responses to “Defrag Smartly With Free Smart Defrag

  1. I LOVE Smart Defrag. Been using it for a while now. Have it scheduled to run once a week.

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Gadzooks,

      I’m with you – Smart Defrag really is a great application.

      Thanks for the comment.

      Bill

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  3. johntedder

    Hmmm. I downloaded the file, but it doesn’t open. The file name is Defragsetup.1.2DOD17.efw

    I tried to right click and choose open. I tried double clicking on the file. Nothing happens.

  4. johntedder

    Bill, I changed the file extension from “efw” to “exe” and it is working now. This has something to do with the CA anti-virus software I am using. I found the solution here: http://www.fileinfo.com/extension/efw

  5. This is a great product, I have been using it for awhile now and have never had issues. Great article, keep up the good work.