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  • 4.0 stars

    "Seems to do the job...."

    April 3, 2011  |   By johnmaher

    Pros

    Seems to have a range of 'intelligent' options
    Seems to do its job

    Cons

    None I can think of... (It might be nice to know when you might find 'deep optimisation' useful or necessary. Might be nice to know what the little boxes signify)

    Summary

    I am not a computer expert (experienced, yes - but not a technical man).

    With many utilities (including anti-virus, malware programmes) we who are amongst the great untutored have to rely on expert/informed opinion.

    Is Smart Defrag better than Defraggler or whatever? I haven't the slightest idea... I wouldn't know where to begin..

    So - for such as I - I think the overall 'feel' and 'look' of the utility is a governing factor.

    Personally, I prefer looking at the progress of Defraggler as it munches its way through a fragmented drive. I find it truly relaxing! (And in a funny way - optimistic. It teaches me that no matter how difficult the task, patience and method will win the day).

    I also enjoy watching Smart Defrag. Also relaxing - but the window is a deal smaller than that of Defraggler.

    It would be nice to have an article from the CNET guys explaining how these defragmentation programmes work. I know what they are supposed to do and what the outcome is supposed to be. But how do they do it? Do they make a list of all the fragments and then re-assemble the files one after another? If so, what sequence do they follow? Do they all follow the same method? If not, why not? Does it matter? And what is the significance of the little coloured boxes? What do they represent? How big are they? Is the number of boxes related to the size of the drive - or is it similar to a percentage measurement?

    One final point, Jason... A great article... but - punctuation? "the OS defrags continually on it's own" should be "the OS defrags continually on its own". "It's" = "it is" / "its" = "belonging to" (the opposite of the normal use of the apostrophe + s... (I am a pedant... but... it's the trifles that make perfection... but perfection is not a trifle)

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