Fragmentation of data stored on the hard disk is one of the many reasons of a PC slowing down. Fragmentation means that data is stored into many pieces, which are not placed close together on the hard disk. Defragmenting your hard drive can speed up a system as it rearranges the file fragments. As you might have noticed, the default Windows defragmenter takes a lot of time during the defragmentation process. WinUtilities Free Disk Defragmenter is a Windows defragmentation application that can defragment hard disks efficiently, and at a much faster rate. The application lets you choose the desired disk drives, and provides a detailed report after the defragmentation process. It allows you to choose the speed of the process, and exclude files and folders from the defragmentation process.
The main interface has Options button at top right, the Drive list and defragmentation graph in the middle and Defrag, Pause and Stop buttons at the bottom right.
To start, select the drives for defragmentation and click Defrag. The defragmentation process completion percentage is shown in the lower right corner. During the process, you can Pause or Stop the defragmentation by using the Pause and Stop buttons available at the bottom. There is also an option to turn the computer off when the defragmentation process is complete. This option can be prove to be extremely useful when you are going to sleep, or going away and do not want your computer to be running idle.
Once the defragmentation process is complete, a dialogue box pops up, displaying a detailed report of the defragmentation process. You can either directly Print the report or use the Save as option to save it in HTML format.
The Settings menu can be accessed by clicking Options in the main interface. It consists of five tabs namely Action, Speed, Free Space, Excludes and Space Hogs. The Action tab lets you choose the action to perform when you click the Defrag button on the main interface such as Analyze Only, Analyze and Defragment, Analyze, Defragment and Fast Optimize etc. The Speed tab allows you to change the speed of the defragmentation process between 0% and 100%. You can set the percentage of volume space that must be kept free on disk for temporary files from the Free Space tab. The Excludes tab lets you Add and Delete files and folders from exclude list, while Space Hogs tab lets you manage the Space Hogs area for files larger than 50 megabytes.
WinUtilities Free Disk Defragmenter works on all 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows.