From your own experiences, which defragmenter do you find the most reliable, for both speed, honesty, range of features and reliability?
Do any use Kernel mode drivers?
For example, some defragmenters are faster than others, but not necessarily the best, some sneak in toolbars without users’ knowledge or pretend users can have the option to opt out of them, yet the software installs them anyway, the best ones do Boot Time Defrag and have a defrag optimizer.
Piriform’s Defragger looks really good and includes a safe API defrag so file moving is safe. The only downside is that it doesn’t have a defrag optimizer.
Auslogics does have one and looks to be on a close par with Defragger.
UltraDefrag also looks very good, also using a safe API defrag, but it’s reported that it’s not digitally signed by Microsoft.
Does this mean that this and/or all software not digitally signed by Microsoft is dubious?
I don’t wish to cast a cloud of doubt over UltraDefrag in case there is nothing sinister about this, as, overall, it comes across as one of the best products around, but I’m a bit cautious about the lack of digital signature issue.
The only downside that all defragmenters do is that they delete all the system restore points. One claims that it doesn’t, but some sources have proven otherwise. The software in question (not listed above) also secretly installs the Babylon Toolbar without users’ knowledge and reinstalls its software after users try to uninstall it and broke a user’s Internet connection upon using it, so I shall avoid that one altogether.
Does anyone have any positive experiences with IOBit’s software? I’ve read mixed reviews about them and their products, again not wishing to cast aspersions on them. I’m only going by what I’ve read.
A common feature with several defragmenters is that they move large files to the end of the hard drive. Some move all files to the start of the drive, and it’s said computers access files faster if they’re at the start of the drive.
Of the above three products, Defraggler can put the large files users probably don’t use that often (eg videos and archives) at the end of the drive so that Windows can find the smaller files faster.
Both their method and other defragmenters’ methods are very good and very quirky.