Fragging wonderful: The truth about defragging your SSD

At a Glance

This defragger did a good job on a highly fragmented hard drive, but did nothing with the tested SSD.

Price when rated: $30

Pros

  • Fast
  • Excellent defragging with lots of options
  • Clean interface

Cons

  • Occasionally chattered the test hard drive when booting
  • SSD optimization had no effect

At a Glance

If you want background defragging and fragmentation prevention, then this venerable program is a good option. But the interface is confusing.

Price when rated: $30

Pros

  • Proactive fragmentation prevention
  • Good defragging
  • Myriad features

Cons

  • Confusing interface
  • Didn't optimize the test SSD
Diskeeper 12

At a Glance

This excellent defragger has lots of options and smarts...and it actually improves SSD performance (at the expense of a large number of writes).

Price when rated: $40

Pros

  • Prevents fragmented writes
  • Good optimization of hard drives
  • Easy interface

Cons

  • SSD optimization not worth the number of writes incurred

At a Glance

Clean your PC and make it run faster with this community-driven utility.

Pros

  • Free
  • Comprehensive cleaning features
  • Portable

Cons

  • A possibly overwhelming array of features
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