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For the longest time I’ve always been good about regularly defragmenting my hard drives. With Windows 7/Vista that has been a bit easier since it is set up to automatically defrag all drives every Wednesday, but I have to admit that Smart Defrag trumps many of the alternatives because of how fast it really is.

Smart Defrag is free for both personal and business use, and can be set up to automatically manage the fragmentation of your drives. According to the website this program has been designed with large-sized drives in mind, and I can vouch for it’s ability to defragment drives much faster than any other application I’ve tried. Plus it can be configured to automatically defragment your system drive or all drives after your computer has been idle for a given amount of time… definitely a nice feature.

Here are some highlights from their website:

  • Extremely Easy to Use – Its intuitive interface makes Smart Defrag the ideal utility for complete computer novice.
  • Exceptionally Efficient Defragmentation – Smart Defrag has the world’s fastest defragmenting engine. It’s been specially designed for modern, large hard drives, so it eliminates long waiting time.
  • Optimize Disk Performance – Smart Defrag doesn’t just use simple defragmentation. It also streamlines your file system, places the frequently used files and directories into the fastest area of the disk, enabling your computer to run at top speed with the most stability.
  • Always-on to Work Automatically – Smart Defrag works automatically and quietly in the background, so it continually and constantly keeps your computer fragment-free.
  • Data Safe and Reliability Guaranteed – Besides, unlike other “Automated” Defragmenters, Smart Defrag does NOT constantly perform analysis and defrag, which does damage your hard drive and shorten its life. Smart Defrag has a “Safe Intelligence” technology that can assure the health of your disk by deciding When and How to execute defragmentation.
  • Free Defragmenter Forever – Smart Defrag is 100% freeware. Download, use, and update it absolutely free for your personal computers, business or enterprise servers — it won’t cost you a penny.

Smart Defrag Homepage (Windows only; 32/64-bit; Freeware)