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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 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 70 votes

    • 5 star: 35
    • 4 star: 20
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 12
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Quick, efficient, thorough...what more can you ask?"

    January 18, 2012  |   By bigmacsr

    Version: Smart Defrag 2.2

    Pros

    Quick, efficient, thorough and automatic....what more can you ask?

    Cons

    I have found none better

    Summary

    Quick, efficient, thorough and automatic...what more can you ask?

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Defrags automatically"

    January 18, 2012  |   By tomgandalf

    Version: Smart Defrag 2.2

    Pros

    Works automatically in the background and will defrag your fat, swapfile, and indexes at boot time if setup that way.

    Cons

    It tends to leave some holes between certain files.

    Summary

    Its fast and puts all your most often used files in the front, I'm not sure if I prefer this or auslogics method of placing system files first, though auslogics does tend to leave less wholes. All in all for someone that does not want to get involved in maintenance and tweaking this program is pretty much set it and forget it. By the way this review is for version 2.3 which is the latest not 2.2

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fast & effective"

    January 18, 2012  |   By alanthurman

    Version: Smart Defrag 2.2

    Pros

    I'm a Mac user who runs Windows XP in a virtual machine. I want Windows to take up a minimum of space on my SSD, so I run SmartDefrag first, then Compress in the Parallels program. Typically slims things down to HALF the size usually. Works as promised. Thank you, IObit!

    Cons

    none I know of.

    Summary

    Awesome

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very fast, comprehensive, and highly effective."

    January 18, 2012  |   By davidpmorton

    Version: Smart Defrag 2.2

    Pros

    Speedy, extremely effective. An excellent system-maintenance program that, used regularly, maintains the logical organization of files, folders, and programs. My system runs noticeably faster and smoother as a result of periodic use of this application. The automatic defrag and boot-time defrag features add real value.

    Cons

    None found to date.

    Summary

    Highly recommended as a reliable, light-weight, unobtrusive maintenance utility.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple & effective."

    January 17, 2012  |   By jocasch

    Version: Smart Defrag 2.2

    Pros

    Simple
    Effective
    Does as much as you want to do ... or as little.

    Cons

    Haven't found any yet.

    Summary

    It can do anything from a simple defrag to a deep defrag & super optimize. And it's very simple to use, no matter what you want to do. It's a keeper!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Iobit.com's Hardware maintenance program of SmartDefrag"

    January 16, 2012  |   By LucJPatenaude

    Version: Smart Defrag 2.2

    Pros

    It really makes a defragmentation of your main HDD a full and thorough optimization of filing the files written on its sectored format in a way that it will complete its task in just a few minutes. And, uses all the memory and processing power of your latest and newest personal computer.
    Second, it is at version 2.3, already. For those whom would be interested in knowing this.

    Cons

    It's automatic defragmentation in the background processes of Windows can seriously tax the performance of your machine that tries to process the multitude of actions taken by the user of that specific machine when using a power hungry program-game.
    Better disable it.
    Will, inavertantly miss a lot of its already known scanned analysed fragmentation even in full optimization mode. Have to use Windows' CleanDisk feature to get rid of these unwanted and unnessary clutters of such HDD. Then, redo the Full Optimization mode of a SmartDefrag of relocating the files to their proper places(sectors)of that same HDD.

    Summary

    In a Jiffy, you cannot pass the opportunity of using such an amazing tool.

    It really is worth it.

    Will definitely stop these overall machine crashes that needs to have your O.S. reinstalled so it can reformat that HDD into a fully operational state like unit.

    Extremely recommended for all of you out there whom did not purchase the O.S. of Windows 7(Home Premium x64 or, x86 Editions)as a seperate DVD disk hard copy and, had it preinstalled already onto the pre-assembled + sold in a box just like a home appliance unit.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "works great, but beware."

    January 16, 2012  |   By gnomepunter42

    Version: Smart Defrag 2.2

    Pros

    is a good defragger, and does it's job well.

    Cons

    This is one of a series of IObit software that I had to delete from my computer after discovering that IObit had a trojan that makes me use Yahoo as my default search engine, you can change it over and over, but it will revert every time you close the browser, and to be frank, yahoo's search SUCKS, such a stupid addon, I liked the product, but I don't use it a 1/4 of 1% of the time I use the internet, so I would advise against going near any IObit software, the trojan itself may have only been in the other IObit software I downloaded, but anyone who puts trojans in any of their software looses my vote.

    Summary

    if you really need a defrag, and don't mind risking a trojan, go right ahead

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  • 5.0 stars

    "fast defragmentation and optimazation"

    January 15, 2012  |   By jarardb80

    Version: Smart Defrag 2.2

    Pros

    has boot time defrag to defrag locked files. has an auto defrag feature. runs quietly in the back ground. takes very little memory or cpu

    Cons

    sometimes doen't want to auto start with startup items

    Summary

    great software and it's free

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  • 5.0 stars

    "absolutly bloody brilliant"

    January 15, 2012  |   By nosserus

    Version: Smart Defrag 2.2

    Pros

    does what it says on box

    Cons

    quite slow, but none apart from that

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple to use results you can feel."

    January 14, 2012  |   By Joe Pires

    Version: Smart Defrag 2.2

    Pros

    Easy to use, fast.

    Cons

    None that I have found

    Summary

    Defrag and advanced systems care go on all of my machines.

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