Free Windows Defragmenter alternative

Jul 11th, 2007 by Jared Schwager ,

Defragmenter One of the tasks a Windows user looks forward to the least is likely to be defragmenting the hard disk. The defragmenter that ships with Windows, otherwise known as Windows Defragmenter (how original), does a horrible job at defragmenting when it comes to speed and resource usage.

I recently found a great freeware defragmenter called JkDefrag which does a very good job at defragmenting. The application is very quick and extremely lightweight, so it has minimal impact on resources. If you’ve downloaded the program, you will notice that there is more than one “version” of JkDefrag. These versions include the GUI version (most people will use this), command line version, and two screensaver programs.

The GUI version is what most people will use. You can also schedule it to defragment by using the Windows Task Scheduler. The command line version is pretty obvious. It allows you to defragment using command line. The screensaver programs allow you to set your Windows screensaver to the JkDefrag screensaver program so your computer will be defragmented every time your screensaver initiates.

Let me know if you know of any other good freeware defragmenters.

6 reader comments

  1. July 13th, 2007 at 10:07 am iCalvyn says:
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    Nice software, since it is very quick and extremely lightweight, i hope it can run at my company server… i not sure ist recomemded, how ur opinion?

  2. July 13th, 2007 at 10:51 am Starliner says:
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    For commercial and enterprise servers, better use a tested and proven tool like Diskeeper Server. It is not free, but it is reliable, performance is better and it comes with options such as automatic defragmentation which is said to be the best among defragmenters out there. Most importantly, in a commercial environment, it is important to have good tech support.

    I’d recommend that you check out the commercial users section of the website for more information.

  3. July 13th, 2007 at 12:49 pm Jared Schwager says:
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    Starliner, I tend to find Raxco’s PerfectDisk to be quite a bit better at defragmenting than Diskeeper. Whenever I used Diskeeper it always seemed to slow down my computer to a crawl. I bought a copy of PerfectDisk and I’m very happy with it. My dad had actually bought a copy of Diskeeper a while ago and has since switched over to PerfectDisk.

  4. July 13th, 2007 at 1:32 pm Starliner says:
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    Hello Jared, thank you for the information. Perhaps Perfectdisk too is a good solution for home use. However, in my regional division, our experience with Diskeeper Enterprise Server has been extremely satisfactory; so we see no requirement to change vendors. Prior to licensing, our SysAdmins evaluated solutions from multiple vendors and finally chose Diskeeper. They seem to be pleased with it’s performance and the automatic defragmentation features. They are more knowledgeable, and call the shots as far as these things are concerned, I am merely an apprentice :)

    I posted the above suggestion because iCalvyn was looking for a commercial solution, and I am of the opinion that good technical support (non-existent with freeware defraggers as far as commercial usage is concerned) is an essential part of the equation in a corporate IT environment.


  5. September 16th, 2007 at 7:29 pm Donn Edwards says:
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    You can find reviews of 15 commercial and 16 freeware defrag utilities at “The Great Defrag Shootout”. JkDefrag is one of the Winners

  6. September 16th, 2007 at 8:38 pm Jared Schwager says:
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    Donn, you wouldn’t happen to be a listener of the Security Now would you? I just listened to the episode today in which Steve talks about that review page.

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