11 programs to defragment your hard disk.

Back in February 2008, I wrote about what disk fragmenting was.  A reader then followed up with

“Well, what are my choices for a Windows disk defragmenter?”

Here is a list of some of the choices out there, if you don’t want to use the built-in Windows defragger.


Name Recommended Reviewed Comment
Auslogics Disk Defrag Yes 20 May 2009  
Defraggler Yes 11 March 2010  
JkDefrag Yes   A graphic front-end is available (JGDefragGUI)
Smart Defrag      

Not free

Name Recommended Reviewed Comment
Diskeeper Yes No Been around for years.  I first used it with Windows NT 4.
DiskTrix UltimateDefrag      
O&O Defrag Pro 11      
PerfectDisk Yes 8 February 2008 I have used this on work computers, and I’m very happy with it.
Puran Defrag      
Vopt Yes   Very popular with the folks over at Whirlpool.

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