Defraggler: A freeware disk defragmenter

The Defraggler program is designed to defragment files on your computer’s hard drive. After defragmentation, the speed of the system and the programs installed on the computer will be somewhat accelerated.

When files are written to the computer’s hard disk, the files are written to free space on the disk. Since files constantly change their place on the disk: they are moved, changed, deleted, then in place of the deleted and moved files there are empty, free places for recording.

At the moment when new files are being written, the files will not be written in a continuous sequence, but also to these free places, which are located in different places on the hard disk. Such files become fragmented. It turns out that fragments of one file are placed all over the disk.

Due to the large number of such files, the performance of the file system will be reduced, since when reading and writing information, the hard disk will have to perform additional actions.

If the files are written in a continuous sequence, then in this case, the disk will get access to this data faster.

To eliminate this problem, special programs are used – defragmenters. The defragmenter gathers the different parts of a file into one place, into one contiguous file. The process of transferring fragments of files is called defragmentation.

The defragmentation process is carried out to optimize the structure of the disk, so that the files are redistributed on the disk in a continuous sequence. After the defragmentation process is completed, the speed of the computer increases, because, after that, the process of reading and writing files will be accelerated.

The Windows operating system has a standard defrag utility . Many users use third-party programs for this, which have more features.

The free defragmentation program Defraggler, unlike many other similar programs, can defragment not only the entire disk, but also individual folders and files.

The Defraggler program was created by the British company Piriform, the manufacturer of many well-known programs: CCleaner, Recuva, Speccy.

This utility runs on the Windows operating system. You can download the Defraggler program from the official website of the manufacturer.

If necessary, you can also use the portable version of the program – Defraggler Portable. The portable version will not need to be installed on your computer, and you can run the program from any convenient place.

After downloading, the defragmentation program is ready to be installed on your computer.

Installing a Defraggler

The Defraggler program is installed on a computer in Russian.

In the “Installation Options” window, you can select options for installing the program. By default, program shortcuts are created on the Desktop and in the Start menu, the Defraggler menu is added to Windows Explorer, and the Defraggler program replaces the standard Windows defragmenter.

In the event that you will use Defraggler constantly, instead of a Windows defragmentation utility, then you can leave the checkbox next to the item “Change the standard Windows defragmenter”. Otherwise, if you do not use the defragmenter program all the time, then you will need to uncheck the box next to this item.

After completing the process of installing the program on your computer, you can launch the Defraggler program.

Defraggler Settings

After starting the application, the main window of the Defraggler program will open.

At the very top is the menu bar, which serves to control and configure the program. Below the menu bar is a field with a list of disks that are connected to this computer.

Under the list of disks there is a disk map, which will display the fragmentation status of a particular disk or individual file.

Even lower is the workspace, which contains tabs that serve for management and information. At the very bottom there are buttons for managing the defragmentation process.

After analyzing the selected disk, you can view various information in the tabs: a list of fragmented files, perform a search, view the disk map, disk status, statistics.

In the “Disk Map” tab, you can see what colors the various file states are displayed in the Defraggler program.

You can find out about the status of the disk from the “Status” tab.

You can enter the program settings from the “Settings” menu by selecting the “Options …” item of the context menu. The program is already configured by default, so you do not need to change the settings.

Disk Defragmenter

In the Defraggler program, you can choose the priority of work: normal or background.

From the “Action” menu, by clicking on the “Advanced” context menu item, you can search for errors on the disk, as well as defragment free space.

In the “Settings” menu, by clicking on the “Defragmentation at startup” context menu item, the “Defragmentation of system files at startup” item is activated.

To start the defragmentation process, you will need to select the required disk, and then click on the “Performance Evaluation” button, or immediately click on the “Analyze” button.

After completing the process of analyzing and collecting information, the Defraggler program will produce a result that you can see in the program window.

The analysis results will show how many fragmented files were found, total fragments, as well as the percentage of disk fragmentation. You can get information about disk performance by clicking on the “Estimate performance” button. As a result of the evaluation, the speed of random reading will be shown.

To start the defragmentation process, select the disk on which you will need to perform this action. Then click on the arrow next to the “Defragmentation” button, and in the drop-down menu, select the desired action: “Defragmentation” and “Quick defragmentation”.

  • “Defragmentation” – moving file fragments will be done carefully, the process will take a long time.
  • “Quick defragmentation” – fragments are quickly moved, not all fragments will be moved and optimized on the selected disk.

Defragmentation is a rather lengthy process, especially if a lot of fragmented files are found on the disk. Therefore, it would be better to run defragmentation at a time when you are not using your computer, for example, you left for work, or run this process at night.

In order for the Defraggler program to turn off your computer after the defragmentation is completed, you will first need to enter the “Settings” menu, and then in the context menu you will need to select the “Turn off PC after defragmentation” item.

You can pause the defragmentation process, if necessary, by clicking on the “Pause” button. Then, at another time, you can continue this process, which will resume from the previous stop.

You can completely exit the defragmentation process using the “Stop” button. In this case, it will be possible to start defragmentation only again: first, analysis, and then starting defragmentation.

Defragmenting a folder or file

To start the process of defragmenting a folder, enter the “Action” menu, and in the context menu that opens, select the “Defragment folder …” item. In the “Browse for folders” window, select the desired folder, and then click the “OK” button.

Files located in the selected folder will be defragmented.

File defragmentation works in the same way. First, select the “Defragment file …” context menu item in the “Action” menu, and then select the required file in the Explorer window.

Those files that consist of fragments can be sent for defragmentation in a different way. In the “List of files” tab, select the desired file or files, and then click on the “Defragment marked” button.

After the defragmentation process is completed, you can close the program.

Article Conclusions

The free Defraggler program is used to defragment disks on your computer. After defragmentation is completed, the speed of data access increases, the system and programs begin to work faster.

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