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Smart Defrag

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There are plenty of downloadable defrag utilities to choose from, but it's hard to beat the ease of use and helpful extras in IOBit's Smart Defrag.

With this utility you can quickly analyze your hard drive to check the level of defragmentation before committing to a scan. The interface shows you different colored blocks representing fragmented files, frequently used files, and more, with a helpful key to show what each colored block represents.

When you're ready to pull the trigger, you can choose from a straight defragmentation (fastest), or have Smart Defrag perform either a fast or "deep" optimization after defragmentation. Our test machine has a rather full hard drive, so even using the fast optimization took close to 40 minutes. Depending on your hard drive and level of defragmentation, your mileage may vary.

In addition to the solid defragmentation tools, you can have Smart Defrag automatically defrag the files you use the most without significantly slowing down your system. Even while performing a full defragmention and optimization run, the program barely uses as much as 25MB of RAM, and with just the auto-defrag running continually, it uses about half that amount.

Smart Defrag offers a few extras, including a scheduler so you can set it up to only defrag during downtime on your computer. You can set it to run scans on bootup or even have the app shut down your computer when it's done defragging selected hard drives or partitions.

It's important to note that Smart Defrag is not as essential for those running Windows 7 because the OS defrags continually on it's own. But if you run external drives connected to a Windows 7 computer, this utility will still come in handy for keeping them running smoothly.

Overall, if you want a quick and solid defrag utility to make your computer run more smoothly, with added options for scheduling and other extras, you should definitely download this program. Both beginner and advanced users will have no trouble operating this solid utility.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.2 stars

    out of 2,908 votes

    • 5 star: 1438
    • 4 star: 1102
    • 3 star: 156
    • 2 star: 71
    • 1 star: 140
  • Current version:

    3.9 stars

    out of 100 votes

    • 5 star: 37
    • 4 star: 43
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 5
    • 1 star: 11
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent Set and Forget Defrag Utility"

    September 13, 2011  |   By Randy Bell

    Version: Smart Defrag 2.1

    Pros

    The auto-defrag set by default is fantastic for tuning your hard drive and keeping fragmentation to a minimum. Defrags in the background when the system is idle. Uses very little memory while running in the background.

    Cons

    None, really, unless you like to pay for a defrag utility. I have PerfectDisk also, installed on several PCs at home; but this one from IObit is almost as good, and it is free: so no 'Cons', really.

    Summary

    This utility is the best of the free ones. Auslogics free defrag would be a close second. The reason I say this is because, to my knowledge the Auslogics defrag does not have an automatic mode which runs in the background. Auslogics may be slightly faster when running on demand, it's hard to tell. But SmartDefrag is plenty fast, especially if you don't maximize its window while doing a fast or full optimization.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I feel sorry for the bad reviews. Poor people."

    September 10, 2011  |   By sk2013

    Version: Smart Defrag 2.1

    Pros

    Awesome program. The install-and-forget has kept my laptop alive when I periodically forget to defrag. It's an awesome program, and I recovered over 20 GB in hard drive space after running the Deep optimize. It's clean and easy to use.

    Cons

    It was annoying when they came out with 2.0 because I was running on version 1 and it reminded me every time I turned on my laptop. It was annoying really, but l was too lazy to click "yes" on the update options, so that was my own lazy fault.

    Summary

    Good program. No problems. Clean, efficient, and no bugs (that I can find).

    Oh, and I'm running Vista 64x, and it still runs amazing, so that should tell you a thing or two. Also, they've updated to 2.2 (cnet is still on 2.1) and it's full of bugfixes and the like.

    Oh, and to the guy who said it installed a bunch of stuff- that's all in the installation. You can opt out of it, but you're probably like me and just "yes" "agree" "yes" "yes" "full install" "Yes" "Finish" your way through the installation, so you get all the extra stuff.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "It is a good defrag"

    September 8, 2011  |   By Bile-Gran-Vieira-Correa

    Version: Smart Defrag 2.1

    Pros

    Works way better and faster than Windows System Defrag.

    Cons

    It is fine but I hope that it getter better with new versions

    Summary

    It is free and faster than windows defrag

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The Best Defragger yet."

    August 29, 2011  |   By lukenoot

    Version: Smart Defrag 2.1

    Pros

    Fully defrag and optimize your PC's speed. lite weight and USB portable.

    Cons

    no volume choice

    Summary

    Must have for your PC

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Absolutely great. Easy to use. Set-and-forget defrag."

    August 29, 2011  |   By harrisonle6

    Version: Smart Defrag 2.1

    Pros

    Auto-shutdown after defrag. (Really love this feature!)
    Offers recommendations to optimise your drives.
    Coloured blocks for drive fragmentation insight.
    Automatic background idle defrag and boot defrag.
    Pause/stop defrag.
    Quick analysis and report.

    Cons

    None that i can think of.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Great...if you only have 4 volumes"

    August 27, 2011  |   By Devil Bunnies

    Version: Smart Defrag 2.1

    Pros

    Defrags drives.

    Cons

    Can only display 4 lines on the available volumes list. Can not resize menu to show more drives, so you can only work with your first 4 volumes.

    Summary

    Not worth the effort.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "It optimizes disk performance!!!!"

    August 18, 2011  |   By bettywt10

    Version: Smart Defrag 2.1

    Pros

    Slow down, freeze-ups and crashes will be a thing of the past.

    Cons

    None. It works well.

    Summary

    With "Install it and forget it" feature, Smart Defrag works automatically and quietly in the background, keeping the hard disk running at its speediest.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Cant defrag my dell laptop."

    August 9, 2011  |   By shayne255

    Version: Smart Defrag 2.1

    Pros

    I uninstalled this right after it started having problems defragging on my dell laptop.

    Cons

    What would happen is that I would click defrag and fully optimize and what would happen is it would just stop it wouldn't defrag just sat there and said forget it. It would go completely blank and I switched back to defraggler.

    Summary

    I would not install this unless you want problems. I would go with defraggler or another defragmenter to whatever computer you have this one sucks.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Didn't work right in XP, had to reinstall version 1.5"

    August 7, 2011  |  

    Version: Smart Defrag 2.1

    Pros

    Top defragmenter with a great interface.

    Cons

    Did not work right in XP. Got stuck on some functions and would not reset itself. Had to uninstall and reinstall version 1.5.

    Summary

    I had version 1.5 for a long time and it would nag me to upgrade. I figured OK it must be better so I upgraded. The interface was slicker and there were a lot of ads. But it got stuck analyzing a disk and would not reset itself so I could stop it and try again. Exited and restarted and it thought it was still analyzing the disk. I uninstalled it and reinstalled version 1.5 which works great!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "WORKS ALOT BETTER THAN WINDOWS BUILT IN DEFRAG"

    August 5, 2011  |   By Joe_bros

    Version: Smart Defrag 2.1

    Pros

    DOES A GOOD JOB COMPARED TO WINDOWS DEFRAG

    Cons

    RUNS ON START UP AND A FEW OTHER THINGS THAT NEED CHANGING IN SETTINGS BUT OTHER THAN THAT NONE...

    Summary

    I USE IT AND WOULD RECOMMEND IT AS LONG AS IT IS SET UP CORRECTLY...

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