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Puran Defrag

CNET Editors' review

Regular defragmentation keeps your disks tidy and avoids the big, disruptive defrag jobs later on. The defragmentation utility in Windows does a pretty good job, so why would you need an aftermarket defrag tool like Puran Defrag Free Edition? Well, Puran is easier to program to run automatically, even in the background. Puran also defragments your PC's boot sectors for faster start-up, and its Intelligent Optimizer boosts your system's speed, according to the developers. It can also defragment selected files or folders only and make exclusions by file and folder or wild card. There's even a command line option for advanced users.

Opening Puran also opened the program's very good Help file, which made for an easy start. The first thing we noticed about Puran's interface was the cluster map field. The omission of a defrag cluster map in some recent Windows editions raised eyebrows and hackles, and many developers have responded by restoring the feature. Puran's is attractive and legible, as we found when we ran the tool. The program identified our two disk drives; we selected one and clicked Analyze. It clearly showed fragmented data. We clicked Defrag, and a progress bar (blue, not green, for a change) tracked Puran as it defragmented our hard drive. We could also select Low Priority and Shutdown After Defrag options from the interface. On the Additional Operations tab, we could select from an extensive list of check boxes specifying actions such as freeing space for temporary files, excluding files by size or other options, and filling gaps with blank data to avoid frequent fragmentation. We could also enable the Puran Intelligent Optimizer (PIOZR), which boosts system speed. On the Automatic Defragmentation tab, we could set Puran to defragment either of our drives, including several automatic boot, restart, and shutdown options, and check a box to stop automatic defrags when on battery power.

We're all for free utilities that improve on the built-in capabilities of Windows, and Puran Defrag Free Edition is a great example of the type. It's especially useful as a "set-and-forget" tool that will keep your disks clean and your system fast through regular background maintenance.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.4 stars

    out of 60 votes

    • 5 star: 46
    • 4 star: 7
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 6
  • Current version:

    3.0 stars

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    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Outstanding Utility"

    April 12, 2014  |   By Randy Bell

    Version: Puran Defrag 7.7

    Pros

    As I reported in my review of the previous version 7.6, this program does a good job of minimizing spatial fragmentation by filling in the gaps after the first pass of defragmentation. The program is pretty fast, too. It is free space fragmentation, due to gaps between files and data on the disk, which contributes to future file fragmentation. This program minimizes the free space fragmentation so as to mitigate against future file fragmentation once it is done optimizing your disk.

    Cons

    none, really.

    Summary

    Please see the Summary in my review of version 7.6. This is a very good defragger; you cannot go wrong with a FREE product of such quality and speed, IMHO.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Locked new windows 8.1pro"

    February 20, 2014  |   By womills

    Version: Puran Defrag 7.7

    Pros

    Nothing positive - I was Required to give it a star - please consider my rating as NO Star.

    Cons

    I downloaded and clicked the defrag button. The software noted that this was the first time I was running it and made a suggestion that I do a reboot + disckeck option. I clicked on that option and the screen went dark - restarted - got to 10% and hung. Multiple re-attempts failed to get past 10%. I have unloaded the program and Malwarebytes (12 minutes after starting)is currently showing 16 infections

    Summary

    I opted to try out this program because one review said it was better than DEFRAGGLER.
    I am going back to Defraggler.

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