Piriform Defraggler 2.10 will remove those pesky, tailed, Muppets
from the your hard drive once and for…oh wait. Well, it won’t do
that, but it will defragment your hard drive, and it offers
some features that the free defragmentation utility including in
Windows does not.
First off, it’s faster and prettier. The latter is important
since, with large hard drives, you’ll be staring at it–or any
defragmentation tool–a while. Second, it has a number of nice
features which can make disk maintenance…well, not fun,
but easier and more focused.
For example, Defraggler will show you all your fragmented files.
You can click one to see where on the disk its various pieces lie,
or defragment just that one. This can be useful when dealing with
very large, performance critical files such as databases.
Piriform Defraggler shows your disk layout in the traditional
“large mosaic of colored squares” fashion, and the colors leap and
bounce around as various sectors are read from or written to. This
offers no improvement in functionality over Windows line graph
style, but I find it more interesting to watch. Aesthetics
Piriform Defraggler is free, fast, marginally more interesting
to watch than the default, and has useful additional features.
What’s not to like?
Note: This program is donationware. It is free to try,
but the author accepts and encourages donations towards further