New Auslogics Disk Defrag 3.1 – Now with Disk Optimizer

A  quick recap on disk fragmentation: What is it?

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.

My Hard Drives are continuously being defragged. I run the paid version of TuneUp Utilities 2010 in the background which continuously optimizes, amongst other things, my computer’s hardware, including automatic disk defragging.

If you think this is overkill – fair enough. But, the application can do it, it does a great job of doing it, and I’m a fan of “set and forget”.

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The latest release (November 18, 2009), of the highly regarded free system tool, Auslogics Disk Defrag 3.1, can also be run on a  “set and forget” basis. I occasionally hear from users that they can’t remember the last time they defragged their disk/s – but they’ll get to it – eventually. But they don’t have to – Auslogics Disk Defrag 3.1, can do it for them on a continuous basis.

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Despite the fact that their is some disagreement as to the value of defragging modern Hard Drives, there is a slight leaning in the tech community toward defragmentation being a positive maintenance process. I support this point of view.

Almost 5 million downloads of this application from CNET, and an average user rating of 4.5 Stars speaks to the value of this small application and to the popularity of defragging.

The last time I reviewed  this application in August, 2008, the CNET download total stood at just over 2 million. This major increase in the number of downloads is a considerable proof statement that this application deserves a place in your toolbox.

Auslogics Disk Defrag is extremely easy to use, does not require any analysis phase and is faster than most disk defragmentation software I’ve tested in the past, and best of all, it’s free.

The user interface is uncluttered and as simple to follow as any I’ve seen. The following graphics illustrate just how easy it is to get Auslogics Disk Defrag up and running.

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There are loads of free disk defraggers available for download, but they are not necessarily all created equal. The following graphic illustrates some of the difference between Auslogics Disk Defrag, and a number of other free apps you may be familiar with.

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Before you begin a scheduled defrag process I recommend that you 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.

These steps are not absolutely necessary but, they are a good practice.

Auslogics disk defrag quick facts:

Improve computer performance and stability

Increase your productivity – no more waiting for files to open

Fast and safe defragmentation of the disk drives

Optimization of clusters’ structure and file system for even better disk performance

Useful disk fragmentation map that displays defragmentation process in real time

Simple and intuitive user interface

Comprehensive defragmentation report

Extremely low system resources usage

Defragment USB/memory sticks

System requirements: Windows 7, Vista/XP/2000/2003, 32-bit and 64-bit and dual-core CPU supported.

Download at: Download.com

Auslogics Disk Defrag Portable A portable version Auslogics Disk Defrag is available as a single exe application, which can be copied to a USB drive and then used on any PC without installation.

Download at: Softpedia

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6 Comments

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6 responses to “New Auslogics Disk Defrag 3.1 – Now with Disk Optimizer

  1. Bill – I’ve become a MyDefrag convert and I wonder how it compares to Auslogics defrag tool. I’ve tried Auslogics and it takes forever, whereas MyDefrag seems to be fairly speedy. You can also select different options such as Daily, Weekly, Monthly and other specialised defrags.
    Regards, Dave K

    • Bill Mullins

      Hi Dave,

      Good to hear from you.

      Thanks for the info on MyDefrag. Actually, I found Auslogics to be the fastest defragger I’ve tested this year – interesting that you found it slow. The options you describe can also be found in Auslogics, but the option I find most interesting is the auto-defrag. As I said, I’m really a fan of “set and forget”.

      Thanks for this.

      Bill

      • Cheers Bill. Re defrag speed, YMMV I guess. I’m willing to give Auslogics another try. So when my computer is “idle” it’s running an online backup, scanning for spyware, and now defragging the hard drive! I only wish I could exhibit the same behaviour so I could clean the house while sitting down with a cuppa…

        Regards,
        Dave

        • Bill Mullins

          Hi Dave,

          “I only wish I could exhibit the same behaviour so I could clean the house while sitting down with a cuppa…”. Thanks for the early morning laugh. Very funny!

          Bill

  2. Hi Bill,

    I’ve just downloaded the 3.1 update. I usually defrag regularly but it gets to be a bit of a pain. I like this version with the scheduler in it. I’ve set it to defrag daily and now I don’t have to remember to do it any more.

    Thanks Bill

    Paul

    • Bill Mullins

      Hi Paul,

      I hear you. It can easily get to be a pain.

      The reason I decided to retest Auslogics was the ability it now has to auto-defrag when the system is idle. The user can set the appropriate timing. This takes the pain out of it, I think.

      Bill