Quick Review of UltraDefrag

This article was modified on 2012-09-03 07:44:24

The only open-source and free software for defragmentation is UltraDefrag. This is a quick introduction of UltraDefrag and not a debate on defragmentation subject. If you're looking for more information about defragmentation read this article.
Short UltraDefrag Review: UltraDefrag runs on almost all Microsoft Windows versions. It is available for 32 and 64bit versions. It can speed up your computer by using several defragmentation algorithms. It is one of the most user-friendly programs that I ever seen. Make sure that you need a defragmentation program, choose an action and watch how the software does everything (screenshots provided down this page). This is not his entire feature list. Just a couple of them: FAT, exFAT and NTFS file support, fast analyzing speed of a disk, supports for many files including system files such as registry, automated defragmentation using Windows Task Scheduler etc. The complete list of his features can be access using program Help section or by visiting UltraDefrag features section.
UltraDefrag in action: You can always download UltraDefrag from his homepage and choose from a portable and installer version (32 or 64bit). I will skip the installation part as it's really easy. Just click "Next" and use by default features, this program is clean, does not install any malware or adware.
1. Analyze
This should be the first feature to use right-after the program installation. It will gather and show important data such as: number of folders, files, fragmented and compressed. Not to mention that on NTFS partitions it's fast - fast. To use the "Analyze" feature go to first tab named "Action" and click on "Analyze" button - see the following image:
Analyze Hard Disk with UltraDefrag
It depends on how large is your hard drive and computer performance. I've tested this feature in a virtual machine and it took just a couple of minutes on a 20 GB NTFS partition. Once it finishes, the status will change to: Analyzed. It will display as I said before the number of folders, files, compressed and what's important the fragmented files (using red color). Look at the following screenshot - bottom.
2. Defragment

After I have analyzed my disk, the program found 2296 fragmented files. To fix these files, I should choose the second option named "Defragment", located right-under "Analyze".

Defragment UltraDefrag
Depending on: number of fragmented files, size of the hard drive, it could take a while. In this example it took him around 3-4 minutes but the number of fragmented files was low and also the partition was relatively small. Meanwhile, you can look at the progress bar and make an idea about how much is going to finish.
Defragmentation in progress

Here it is, the defragmentation ended successfully, as you can see there is only 1 fragmented file left. Also, under the main program tabs, look for Status column and you should see this word: "Defragmented".

Hard Disk Defragmented

3. Optimization Algorithms
Because of fact that FAT directories are not movable, optimization features will work only on NTFS partitions. Since, it would expand this review, I have chosen to show the difference between optimization algorithms by making a screenshot with them. The following text found in this screenshot is from UltraDefrag Handbook, section "Processing Algorithms".


Considering the difference between algorithms, I have chosen to use the "Full Optimization" method. I wanted to see how much time it will take. You can run "Full Optimization" from main program interface. Choose "Full Optimization" or press Ctrl+F7 keyboard keys.
Full optimization feature
Just like at the previous choice "Defragment" the software will need some time to finish the job. Meanwhile you can check for status. It shows a percentage from the entire operation.

Optimizing hard disk in progress
As I was expecting, being the most complete algorithm it was normal to need more time. It took me around 40 minutes (10 times more) when compared with "Defragment". Again, the status changed to "Optimized".

Hard Disk Optimized
Conclusion: If you need a better alternative to Disk Defragmenter from Windows try UltraDefrag. As far as it concerns me, you simply don't need another program. Many other shareware versions are similar, the only exception is that you need to buy them. Don't waste money on paid alternatives, UltraDefrag is everything you need when it comes down to defragmentation.

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