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Buzzsaw - free background HD defragmenter

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Now I tried the updated version of this from the website, but no it didn't detect my drive C:\ :( but this version does  :Thmbsup: this thing is lightweight, slow especially if you have a huge harddrive as it takes its little ol' time..but hey its free and reallly does the job...'s Editor review:
Buzzsaw truly is a do-it-yourself defragmenter for those who require no interface and who like to work in DOS. The program consists of two executables, one that runs in Windows and monitors your system in the background as you work, defragging whenever it detects a change. The other, which runs only from the DOS command-line prompt, does defragging based on parameters selected by the user. In our tests, defragging results were decent but did not noticeably improve system performance. The included help file is basic and may not answer all questions. The most worthwhile part of this program is the component that monitors your system--the user-unfriendliness of the on-demand defragger suggests that you use Windows' built-in utility instead.

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Publisher--Mind Array Technology
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Buzzsaw.exe defrags files while you work, keeping your drive undefragmented in the background. Dirms.exe is a command-line defragmenter that will even partially defrag large files when instructed to do so.

I've been using defrag, and its sister application dirms, for several years.  First thing I do on a new system is defrag with dirms and then install buzzsaw, which I run as a process rather than an application.  While the difference was more noticable on older, naturally slower, machines, I still keep it running.  It keeps the system defragged really well.

There is now a non-free GUI for dirms, which is a non-realtime defrag utility -- basically a replacement for windows disk defrag.  I'll admit, I don't know enough about different defrag utilities to say whether or not it's better than windows defrag -- I just take the author's word on it :)  The real-time defrag, on the other hand, is without a doubt something windows does not do.

The best I've come around is PerfectDisk, which really *does* make a difference. O&O Defrag and "that other popular commercial defragger I can't remember the name of" don't make much a difference compared to windows own utility, in my experience.

The best defragger I've ever seen was the one from Nuts & Bolts for win9x. It did a lot of planning beforehand, so it didn't have to shuffle data around as much as other defraggers do - it was much more intelligent, thus doing a quicker job even though it was as least as thorough as the others.

The advantage to buzzsaw is that it defrags as files are edited -- realtime defrag. I'd be interested to see how dirms stacks up against other non-realtime defrag utilities -- I don't know enough to draw conclusions, myself.

I've got to agree with f0dder on this one.  I've tested Dirms+Buzzsaw combo just to see if it worked as well as PerfectDisk, since it was opensource, free and at that time I hadn't yet bought PD.

After running it through it's paces for about a week, my computer seemed a little slower and response time was not what I was used to, but I kept it on for awhile, keeping other aspects of my machine clean and organized (crapcleaner, TuneUp utilities, etc).  It wasn't that my computer was slow, I just noticed a difference.  So I decided to put PerfectDisk back on and whoa!, speedy again. So long story short, I can recommend PerfectDisk (WinXP).  Oh by the way f0dder, I think that other defragger program you were thinking of is Diskeeper maybe.  Hope this semi-review helps someone.



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