Keep your hard disk in tip-top shape with O&O Defrag

Keeping your spinning media running at peak performance isn’t always as easy as it might sound. Yes, Microsoft has included Defrag in Windows since Windows 95; but the application is basic, and does only the bare minimum in keeping your hard drive running well. This is why I like O&O Defrag. It’s one of the best Windows hard drive defrag utilities on the market today.

O&O Defrag helps you maximum the performance on your PC. If you work on your computer a lot, then after a while, you’re going to notice slow system and program starts, endless rendering and memory processes, or even system crashes. The first thing most people will recommend you do is to try optimizing or defragging your hard drive.

The benefits are well documented. Defragmenting your PC can accelerate the speed your runs and responds to disk activity requests. In the latest version of O&O Defrag, you can now see what the program does for your system thanks to its graphics and statistics displays. They give you a before-and-after Defrag contrast on your hard drives usage as well as file fragmentation status.

Aside from the basic PC performance features you get, O&O Defrag offers some really nice advanced features. The application adapts itself to your PC usage patterns and system loads with Activity Guard. It’s only going to run when you need it to, based on historic use; and won’t get in the way of your computing activities. Best of all, it works on both conventional, spinning media hard drives as well new SSD, without damaging these new solid state storage devices.

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Keep your PC running at peak performance with Auslogics Disk Defrag Pro

One of the biggest problems that most Windows PC’s have is poor performance.  After all the hardware tweaking is done and you’ve maxxed your RAM out, if your PC is still slow, and you don’t have a virus, you might need to check the fragmentation level of your hard drive. That’s one of the reasons why I like Auslogics Disk Defrag Pro. It’s a hard drive utility for Windows; and its one of the best.

Auslogics Disk Defrag Pro has four different disk optimization algorithms. Use the Optimize by Access Time method when you want to access frequently used files. The Optimize by Prefetch Layout algorithm speeds up your system loading and application startup. If your goal is to reduce future file fragmentation, the Optimize by Change Time algorithm is the one for you. For complete, refined control, the Optimize by Disk Zone algorithm allows you to manually specify which file types or individual files should be written to faster parts of the drive. Its just a matter of choosing the right method that’s best for you.

Keeping your free space free and uncluttered is important to fast disk access.  With the Free Space Consolidation algorithm, you can greatly slow down the process of file fragmentation. This optimization algorithm merges your drive’s free space into a large contiguous block, making it possible for new files to be written without fragmentation.

The one thing that won’t defrag on a Windows system while its running, are system files currently in use.  These are often in use when a defrag program runs, and as a result, they won’t defragment. Auslogics Disk Defrag Pro’s new Offline Defragmentation engine makes it possible to defragment these important system files. Offline Defragmentation is performed on system boot, before the operating system loads and consolidates the MFT, your Paging file, your Hybernation file and your Windows Registry. Defragmenting system files will make your PC more responsive, speed up system loading and boost its overall performance.

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Smart Defrag the easiest way to defrag

Keep your hard drive running at peak performance with this handy piece of must have freeware. Any PC user will tell you, after a while – after installing applications and creating data files – at some point, your PC will need to be defragmented.  PC’s tend to place data anywhere it can see space. This is fine when your drive is relatively empty. Things get complicated as it fills up with data.

If your PC’s performance is bad – if it’s slow – the first thing I always check is the defrag level. If the drive is highly fragmented, the PC’s performance is going to be bad. Smart Defrag helps improve your PC’s performance by efficiently defragmenting and optimizing your hard drive. With its “Install it and forget it” feature, Smart Defrag works quietly in the background, keeping your hard disk running at its best. Performance issues and crashes will become a thing of the past.

This application is one of the very few where no cons could be easily identified. It’s free, small, fast and good at what it does. If you’re a Windows user, and are looking for a tool to defrag your hard drive with, this is a must have. It’s better than the tool that comes with Windows and is easy to use, and above all, it’s free.

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Optimize, clean up, maintain and speed up your computer with Windows Winset 2011

Anyone who installs a lot of programs or has been online as often as most computer users are today will bump into performance issues. Caches get full, drives get fragmented, registries get littered with orphaned entries. It can be a real mess in there. Sometimes the only way to fix the problem is to sweep it all out. This is one of the reasons why Windows Winset 2011 could be the best choice for you. It’s an all-in-one system utility to optimize, clean up, maintain and speed up your computer.
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Speed up slow computers with Diskeeper 2011

During a recent trip home to visit my parents, I turned on both of their computers and was stunned by the poor performance on both boxes. My parents purchased 15″ MacBook Pro’s in 2008 and 2009, and both are high end with Core2Duo processors running at 2.80 MHz and 3.04 MHz respectively. Both have 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drives. Both laptops are running Windows via Boot Camp and both had high levels of drive fragmentation, crippling their performance. Thankfully, tools like Diskeeper 2011 Home can prevent problems like that from happening.

Read the full review | Diskeeper 2011 Home

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5 reasons your computer performance drops dead

‎5 reasons your computer performance will fall in time:

  1. Leftover garbage by uninstallers / manually deleted programs. Solution: Total Uninstall.
  2. Hard drive fragmentation that causes longer time-outs for your drive to seek for and load files. Solution: Auslogics Disk Defrag.
  3. Programs that load themselves in memory for faster loading time. Solution: Quick Startup.
  4. Big amount of installed programs. Solution: AVG PC Tuneup.
  5. And finally, viruses, spy-ware, etc. can be to blame one too many times. Did I forget something ? 🙂 Solution: Kaspersky Internet Security.

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Defrag Your Hard Drive

Defragment your hard drive – yes, do it on a regular basis.

Why? Because in time pieces of files are stored physically scattered on your hard disk. So, everytime your hard drive gets to read a file, it has to work more to find and read it. Defrag finds all the files pieces and moves them all together so that each file is stored in one place contiguously. This process will speed up your hard drive.

In order to perform this operation you can either use the integrated Windows defragmentation or use a third party application. I suggest you to go for O&O Defrag 14.

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