Defraggler defragments individual files

runs on Windows
screenshot of Defraggler

As you use your computer, data gets written to and erased from your hard drive. The operating system decides what is going to be written where. As older data is erased, new data may be written back to sectors previously used for other information. In an effort to maximize efficiency in storing data, any particular file may be written in a number of different physical locations on your drive. Even though you think of your resume as one big document, for example, it may be broken up into several different pieces when it's written to your drive. Over time, more and more files tend to be broken up into more and more fragments. While this may be efficient for storage, it isn't always the smartest scheme for bringing that data up when you need it.

Defragmenting your hard drive helps to bring your files back together. The process involves moving data around of your drive, so that the pieces of a given file are brought back together and stored on contiguous sectors on your drive. This makes the process of reading data back off the drive much faster.

There are a number of tools out there that you can use to defragment your hard drive. Defraggler takes car of that job, but with a difference compared to most defrag utilities. Rather than defragmenting your entire drive at once, its focus is on defragmenting individual files. Choose a specific file, or a group of files that you're interested in, push the button, and Defraggler will optimize those files without taking hours and totally disrupting your computing life.

Defraggler is a free Windows application. It runs under Windows 2000 and later, including 64-bit versions. It can handle drives formatted as either FAT32 or NTFS volumes.

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One Response to “Defraggler defragments individual files”

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