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Nov 24

Auslogics Disk Defrag

Disk defragFor those of us whose introduction to defrag programs was back in the Dos days with Norton Utilities, we remember the good old days – when you used to wait ages, watching a black and white animated display (or even left it overnight). And when you came down in the morning – your computer was faster. OK, just a little bit – and maybe it was just the placebo effect – but it felt faster.

These days, especially with Windows 7, defrag is just a service that runs in the background. No fancy display, no interaction – and no notion of whether it’s actually doing any real work.

Auslogics Disk Defrag, on the other hand, is different. Not only is it fully interactive, but it includes an “optimise” mode, which is designed to reorganise files in such a way that the system runs a bit quicker by putting frequently-used files together. Or, if you prefer, there’s a disk defrag screen saver you can run instead!

If you’ve never heard the term, or you’re wondering what a defrag can do for you, let me just give you the library metaphor. Let’s suppose you run a library, and you organise books by where you have some free shelf space. Pretty soon, there’s no order to the books, and finding each individual book takes a long time.

Now let’s assume that the library is so busy that you don’t really have time to file all the books, so you just put the recent returns in one area and then return them to alphabetical order when you have time. Not only is this how most libraries actually work, it’s pretty similar to your computer – when it writes a file, it will put it anywhere it can find space on the disk. It’s then up to a defrag program to reorganise them. (I won’t go into the psychological theory that dreams are a defrag for the brain, incidentally, otherwise we’d be here for days…)

Auslogics Disk Defrag is Windows-only. It’s free for home users, and runs on all versions of Windows since XP.

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