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Honest Review – Windows Defrag

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Rating: 7.5

Review

Item:
Windows Defrag

Type:
Operating System Utility

Version Tested:
XP / Vista / 7

System Requirements:

Windows XP / Vista / 7

Pros

  • Uses System API to defrag / optimize drives
  • Can schedule defrag through command line
  • Very safe to use

Cons

  • Can’t schedule defrag through GUI
  • Not customizable

Narrative:

Windows basic defrag comes with all Windows operating systems from Microsoft. Your system will keep file usage statistics data that is used by the API (Application Programming Interface).

Mostly, defragmentation applications will do nothing more than read the API file usage data and send move file commands to the API, which will do all of the work moving files on your hard drive. You should defrag your operating system hard drive at least once per week. Doing so will prolong the life of your hard drive and keep it running faster and smooth.

Honest Review   Windows Defrag

I have relied upon Windows built-in defrag for many years and it’s great as a basic computer maintenance tool. There are many other programs out there that do the same thing. If you are looking for simple basic file defragmentation, there is no need to use anything else, unless you need special features.

Make sure that you never allow your hard drive to exceed 85% of its capacity. Doing so will drastically affect your system performance. It is recommended that you not exceed 50% of your hard drive storage capacity for the same reason. Your hard drive needs room to copy and move files around and if it has to work too hard to do that, you will definitely see a major drop in system speed.