This program analyzes and defragments you computer in a very short amount of time. It even goes further to let you manually place files in high performing areas of your hard drive. Unfortunately, it uses a very unattractive user interface to accomplish all of these tasks.
We were a little put off at first by UltimateDefrag 2008 because we had to run it as an Administrator to access it. Otherwise, it produced an error. The program opens with a garishly designed interface that is busy and hard on the eyes. The multiple colors used also make it difficult to navigate. Not knowing where to go first, we clicked the button to start analyzing our C drive, and immediately, the program began the process. In a matter of minutes, it had displayed the file count, contiguous files, and fragmented files. Through the Options menu, we were able to manually add files to the outer, higher performance area of the hard drive, or archive specific files in the less used spaces. If you don't want to manually add files, you can automate the process and designate percentages to each area. We also liked that you can exclude files from the whole process.
Aside from the horrid interface design, we were also disappointed with the program's help options. It offers a PDF Help file, but we were unable to access it. On top of that, we found very little help through the publisher's Web site. That being said, novice users should bypass this program. But more experienced users might want to use the 14-day trial period to give this program a try.
UltimateDefrag lets you defrag and optimize your hard drive any way you want to. Hard drive file use adheres to the Pareto Rule of 80/20. 80% of the time you only use 20% of the files on your hard drive. UltimateDefrag lets you place those unused files out of the way onto the slower tracks of your drive. UltimateDefrag also considers the high performance areas of your hard drive (the outer tracks) and enables you to strategically place the files and folders you want the best performance from to these faster outer tracks.
UltimateDefrag also provides the first true disk display metaphor in a defragger. UltimateDefrag can place Directories next to your MFT for very fast MFT/Directory transactions. This alone vastly accelerates performance of your hard drive. Clever OptiSeek Technology will organize your hard drive so that most file accesses will equal the track-to-track seek time for your hard drive. Includes over 200 total defrag method combinations. When done right, your hard drive performance will increase by more than 100%. Includes uniquely powerful System File Boot Time Defrag that lets you customize exact placement of system files and metafiles on your hard drive for optimum performance. Defrags MFT, Page File and all other meta files.