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Giveaway of the day — Smart Defrag 5.3.0

Smart Defrag is a safe, stable and easy-to-use disk defragmenter.
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Smart Defrag 5.3.0 was available as a giveaway on November 23, 2016!

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Professional iOS data transfer and manager.

Smart Defrag is a safe, stable and easy-to-use disk defragmenter that provides maximum hard disk performance automatically and intelligently. With the new generation of ultra-fast defrag engine, Smart Defrag 5 can not only defragment users' HDD but also trim SSD to accelerate disk read/write speed and enhance disk durability. Users can easily defrag large files and consolidate free spaces with the newly added Large File Defrag and Free Space Defrag for more efficient defragmentation. You can also enjoy the best game experience with Game Optimize in Smart Defrag 5.

Please note: the license is provided for 1 year.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 8.1/ 10

Publisher:

iObit

Homepage:

http://www.iobit.com/iobitsmartdefrag.php

File Size:

12.6 MB

Price:

$19.99

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#23

Installed program the day before. Could not start computer the following day after installing software. Started in safe mode, deleted program, restarted computer and Windows started without any problem. Thumbs downs. Now to see what this software left behind

Reply   |   Comment by Brat  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#22

for this program SSD NVME a normal HDD, it was quickly uninstalled

Reply   |   Comment by Marek  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#21

I have to take back my prior comment that was deleted by the GOTD moderator; they don't like it when you talk bad bout em.

In any case, I said that the license is only good for six months; I was wrong. I went back to see if there was something I overlooked; indeed there was.

After you open "Smart Defrag" Click on "Manage License" then click on "refresh". Copy the license key provided in the "Readme" inside the .zip file you downloaded; then paste that license key at the bottom of the dialog box and then click "Authorize" or whatever it is. Wah La; it's good for fifty weeks. O.K. that's not a full year, but it's close. In some corners of the world fifty weeks is a full year.

Reply   |   Comment by JonE  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

JonE, no guarantee, but maybe Giveaway will have another version of this, by the time license is over.

Reply   |   Comment by Evgeny  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#20

FINALLY got this registered and activated (took all day!) and ran it 3X> Each and every time fragmentation was increased! Uninstalling, as I do not need software to increase fragging as Windows does that just fine by itself. Terrible!

Reply   |   Comment by Mike OD  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#19

Dl'd and installed just fine, but the registration has ONLY resulted in a "cannot connect to our server" message ALL DAY! Odd as I can get everything else on the net! I've a feeling the registration process may be a scam!

Reply   |   Comment by Mike OD  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#18

had Advanced System Care it told me to update and bye bye license that was valid till July next year so I'll pass on IO software

Reply   |   Comment by Peter v Rijswijk  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Peter v Rijswijk, I too had Advanced System Care. Never again. That piece of **** used to hog literally close to 1GB of RAM on system start-up, which would bring my system to an absolute crawl. Even bringing up my task manager to kill the task would take forever. I suspected Glary Utilities and MySQL server as being the culprits and uninstalled them, only to discover that ASC was the true culprit. They can shove that piece of work you know where.

Reply   |   Comment by George Taylor  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

George Taylor, Whoever down-voted my comment, I dare you to install that piece of **** and see for yourself.

Reply   |   Comment by George Taylor  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#17

Why do I NEED A FACEBOOK PAGE TO DOWNLOAD THE GIVEAWAYOFTHEDAY ? NOT EVERYONE HAS FACEBOOK SO FIX THIS PROBLEM OR YOU WILL HEAR FROM ME AGAIN!

Reply   |   Comment by Anthony J Pulli  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

Anthony J Pulli, yeah you have to recommend the software to your friends that trust you before you can even know if you would recommend it

Reply   |   Comment by Peter v Rijswijk  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Anthony J Pulli,

Seriously?

Alternatively you can get a personal download link via email. Right under the facebook bit when you click download.

Reply   |   Comment by Audiomonk  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

Anthony J Pulli: Is there something difficult about the phrase: "alternatively you can get a personal download link via email" which has always appeared in the text of the GOTD download panel?

Reply   |   Comment by MikeR  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Audiomonk, except via email method often does not work and when it does it takes ages and sometimes has not even arrived within the 24hour giveaway slot! GAOTD should provide an alternate direct download link so one can Download Now like the button says and not in a few hours or even never.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Joey Brown, Giving something away implicitly connotes that it's free and that you don't have to do anything, let alone jump through hoops, become a shill and edorse said product -- EVER.

Reply   |   Comment by Yourpal  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Anthony J Pulli, There is always a link to click to get the DL link by email. That's what I always do. Never do the FB thing.

Reply   |   Comment by seagrape  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#16

Installed on win 10 anniversary 64 bit.
Seems very slow compared to my usual Auslogics defrag free edition.
So what exactly is this: "new generation of ultra-fast defrag engine"?

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#15

Downloaded and registered ok on Win 10. Not as fast at defrag as on Auslogics Defrag Pro which rarely exceeds a few minutes to defrag all 3 of my partitions. Not sure about the IOBIT Advanced System Care that piggybacked on download! Any info on that
System Care?

Reply   |   Comment by Sim  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Sim, You are correct in being wary of that Advanced System care. Uninstall it if you have the option imo. All and I mean ALL those "system care" programs do nothing that you can't do, with a little research if you haven't done them before maybe. With the added benefit of the possibility of tanking your system they just are not worth having , again imho.

Reply   |   Comment by indianacarnie  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Sim, Advanced sys care is a 'fair' maintenance prog, but I'd uninstall it if you do not want constant ads for the pro version popping up all the time. If you want a better one go for Glary Utilities. More features, no ad pops and it even does software updates, though it's defrag could be better.

Reply   |   Comment by Mike OD  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#14

I installed today. I went to the Manage License link. It states the license expires in 177 days. I thought this was a 1 year license. How do I fix this? Thanks. AB

Reply   |   Comment by AB  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

AB, After you open "Smart Defrag" Click on "Manage License" then click on "refresh". Copy the license key provided in the "Readme" inside the .zip file you downloaded; then paste that license key at the bottom of the dialog box and then click "Authorize" or whatever it is.

Wah La; it's good for fifty weeks.

Reply   |   Comment by JonE  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#13

Installed to C drive without giving option to install elsewhere. Uninstalled.

Reply   |   Comment by Janet  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Janet, On the first screen, it says click here to configure custom installation...or something like that. If you do that then you can install where you want. I installed on my F drive.

Reply   |   Comment by Carla  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)
#12

Do not find an "Activate Now" link, only a "Manage License" link which does not show a space to enter Activation Code. How do I activate this?

Reply   |   Comment by seagrape  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

seagrape, If you open the program on the bottom right you'll see a link to enter code. click on it and it will give you a box to paste the code in.

Reply   |   Comment by Carla  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Carla, The only link at bottom right is for "Manage License" and when I click it there is no space to enter code. the only is "License Manager" with a license code already there and it is not the same one that was in the Read Me text file. Well, it's too late already to activate with the Activation Code that was sent in the Read Me file. :-(

Reply   |   Comment by seagrape  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#11

Aha, one on which I can comment, from personal experience. This is my full time defragmenter/optimizer. It works. It works well. It works automatically and/or manually or by a scheduled defrag. It never breaks. In full screen mode, the GUI fonts are large enough for those with failing eyesight to see. Or at least it's better(easier to see) than all other defragmenters I've tried. It also has boot-time defrag option. This is a solid program which I can easily recommend.

Reply   |   Comment by Injeun  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)
#10

Activation fails when your Windows is using a proxy server.

Reply   |   Comment by Olaf  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

As always when there's an activate.exe.

Reply   |   Comment by Michael  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Michael, there is no activate.exe, activation is done within the Smartdefrag application.

Reply   |   Comment by Olaf  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#9

many thanks for this i have got the paid for version of this om my pc and i just used the licence code to extend my original licence so many thanks for this
it is a great program like most of the iorbit programs
ssd it sets auto trim as well
games you can defrag most games on there own and i found it improves games by about 10% so thats good (i think)

set up easy and non intrusive
get it while you can is what i say but that is my opinion

Reply   |   Comment by nigel oldale  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)
#8

Did not know that windows defrags my HDD every week. How can you prove this?

And of course all 3rd party defragers use the windows api so they can only add a different gui at best.

The only thing I think I would like to do is defragment the MTF which is strewn across the middle portion of my HDD! But perhaps this is cosmetic rather than beneficial?

Reply   |   Comment by Paul  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-11)

Paul, no you can! If you have windows vista or above in anywhere near its default configuration then check out the Task Scheduler in right click on the Computer icon in windows explorer and select Manage, then in the Task Schedular branch follow the path Task Schedular Library\Microsoft\Windows\Defrag and there should be two entries ManualDefrag and ScheduledDefrag and if you scroll the window to the left you'll see Triggers, Next Run Time, Last Run Time, Last Run Result and Author which should be Microsoft Corporation if no 3rd party defragmenter has been installed and setup to replace the built in defragmenter. Note more modern versions of windows than Vista might have slight cosmetic differences but the basic details will be there with magnetic hard drives.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

Paul,

If you open the Defragmentation utility under the Tools tab for the drive's Properties it will show the last date and time the drives were defragmented.

Since Windows default schedules defragmenting in the wee hours of the morning, it may never have been done if your computer is turned off then. Not a problem. Just schedule it for a time when the computer is in use. When used on a regular basis you will hardly notice it running.

Reply   |   Comment by Gator  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

Paul, It shouldn't defrag automatically while you're using a computer, so if you're always using your computer you should choose time and launch defrag manually, if you're leaving your computer for a few hours working at night, for example, then there's a chance that Windows will launch it.

Reply   |   Comment by Evgeny  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#7

Picture shows "Smart Defrag Pro 5", but Title says "Smart Defrag 5.3.0" Which one is this, and how are they different?

Reply   |   Comment by pleaseexpplain  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

Reloaded the program and was finally able to activate to PRO so good. The differences appear to be the ability to defrag the registry at boot time and to defrag specified files at boot time that cannot be defragged during normal running.

Reply   |   Comment by Peter  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#6

Not Needed.

For the typical desktop user, Smart Defrag will not be a substantial upgrade over the Windows Defrag,

Reply   |   Comment by Terry E  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+27)
#5

Only for 1 year? No Thanks

Reply   |   Comment by Collin  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+55)

Collin, NO! 177 days!

Reply   |   Comment by Mike OD  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Collin, Why? iObit seem to offer all their softwares as giveaways about every 6 mnths with their new updates... so all you have to do is extend your license... like I'm going to do right now. OTOT their freeware versions are as good anyway.

Reply   |   Comment by GOATD#FAN  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#4

Current hard drives don't need defragging, but if you want to waste time and reduce life of your hard drive, go ahead, install it.

Reply   |   Comment by HavocRock  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-38)

HavocRock,

You mean current SSD's (Solid State Drives). HDD's (Hard Disk Drives) still benefit from regular defragging.

Reply   |   Comment by Nigel  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+53)

HavocRock, they still do. This is why Windows automatically runs a defrag every week.

SSD don't need to be defraged. However it is a myth that defragging them will kill them. They have such a long life time (much longer than hard drives), that defragging them, while pointless, is also harmless. Windows is smart enough not to defrag SSDs.

Reply   |   Comment by Roger  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+28)

Roger, " They have such a long life time "
Huh. I've had 2 of them die on me and I'm not exactly a power user.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)

Roger,
I thought I had read they (SSD drives) only last approx. 4 years?

Reply   |   Comment by Trying 2 b Helpful  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Trying 2 b Helpful, In addition consumer grade SSD drives do not include any error correction data with each sector to allow degraded data to be regenerated like we have with magnetic and optical storage... meaning when a saved bits signal degrades through component failure or simply time there is no way for the SSD drives firmware to regenerate the data and maintain data integrity. Unlike what happens in top end enterprise SSD drives that do include full error detection and ECC error correction. When a bit fails in a consumer grade SSD drive it and its associated sectors entire page is useless. I have read but not confirmed that some SSD drives don't even include basic firmware CRC checking on sector data, to maximise user quotable bytes, so can vomit out incorrect sector data without even telling the operating system an error has occoured!

@HavocRock: Since the seek time on modern magnetic hard drives is still limited by the physical movement times of the head across the surface and the rotation time of the platters and neither have significantly improved, along with the significant increases in total capacity, the need to defragment magnetic media still remains. It also improves the chances of lost file recovery if files are not fragmented and one uses deep scan mode on corrupted file systems or accidentally formatted hard drives in both SSD and magnetic drives.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Roger,
SSDs are designed for speed not longevity, they are very sensitive on power variations.
Try to pull the plug on your PC while SSD is writing and see what happens.

Reply   |   Comment by Moes  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Nigel, No, none of the hard drives need defragging and by defragging all you do is reduce it's life. All hard drives SSD or other, have a set number of read and write and defragging will result in reducing hard drive's life by using up read and write.

Reply   |   Comment by HavocRock  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

TK, I don't know what your experience with hard drives is, but you are wrong. Chances of data recovery on a defragged hard drive are a lot less. Current drives don't need defragging because the speed of computers along with decent speed of hard drives makes it unnecessary to defrag hard drives. The difference after defragging hard drives on today's computers is so low that it's pointless to defrag hard drives and it only results in reduced lifespan of your hardware.

Reply   |   Comment by HavocRock  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

Roger, I don't know where you are getting your imformation from, but solid state hard drives don't have the kind of lifespan you think they do. No hard drives nowadays needs defragging and as far as windows defragging your hard drive goes, windows does it to make give you that tiny bit extra speed that you might notice while working with photos or documents without any regard for the life of your hard drive because Microsoft doesn't care how quickly your hard drive dies, it only cares about showing that barely noticeable performance and even that performance will be noticeable for a short period of time, but the life of your hard drive will be reduced considerably.

Reply   |   Comment by HavocRock  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Well been tempted to do the SSD thingy.......guess the bucks might be a waste, after all right not my XP is operating on a 160G Seagate since 2005.....24/7......not that many are total trash....I'm lucky....a WD 2 TB lasted less that a year and the JERKS wound's do anything...however I had another backup.....so PHOOEY on WD.

Reply   |   Comment by iwontell  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

TK, I had an error on my ssd, couldn't open it or format, and I managed to fix it by connecting to another computer and running windows default chkdsk utility. So i think ssd have some error correction data.

Reply   |   Comment by Evgeny  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

HavocRock, I guess you really don't know my experience with hard drives... You failed to properly read my comment I clearly wrote: "It also improves the chances of lost file recovery if files are not fragmented and one uses deep scan mode on corrupted file systems or accidentally formatted hard drives in both SSD and magnetic drives." I purposefully DID NOT MENTION undelete deleted or accidentally deleted files since they are made almost but not always impossible to recover after a defragment operation. Also you are factually incorrect about the need for magnetic media defragmentation on multiple counts. Count 1 windows vista and above Defragment system harddrives silently in the background so YOU don't even see the essential maintanance working being done unless you look below the surface! Count 2 a bottleneck becomes a greater bottleneck when the data flow rate increases but the seek time does not! Understand the physics and you'll make less assumptions! Microsoft research team claim there is little need to defragment for a performance reason on files larger than 64Mbytes if I remember correctly due to read time significantly exceeding the number of mS required for an average seek but, There is also performance gains to be had when defragmenting to move large video files and archive files and non-mission critical data files to the slower portion of the hard drive towards the high end LBA locations leaving the drastically faster first 10% or so of the drives surface for MFT/pagefile/OS layout.ini files and other frequently accessed files. Did you know that a 5400rpm drive can reach the same average 7200rpm drives access and data throughput times in the first 10% or so of the drive surface due to greater magnetic material being available per rotation and therefore more sectors per physical track and therefore higher data rate and less number of seeks per megabyte of data. So sorry all you're assumptions are logically and factually in error.

BTW Hard drive magnetic media does NOT have a knowable or predictable finite limit on the number of write cycles or read cycles, MTBF or mean time before failure is as statistical prediction of a systemic error which is usually an controller electronics failure or a mechanical failure of the physical head or stepper motor or the main motor and not a failure of the magnetic media itself. Most failures I have experienced professionally are not due to an MTBF factored event but an electrical supply failure, OS crash based or malware based corruption or reduction in controller/head life due to poor case design causing prolonged excessive heating or physical shock during operation and very rarely due to unprovoked magnetic media grown defects.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Evgeny, Not all SSD failures are due to flash memory cell failure, they are almost as suceptable to premature power outage or OS crash or malware corruption as magnetic media as the write cycle of current SSD drives are quite prolonged but usually a power outage will not physically damage the partially written flash memory cells, just the data may be spotted as corrupted on next cold boot. Magnetic media that loses power mid write suffers media speed changes and corruption of the magnetic patterns that have to be maintained in order to allow future reads and writes to that area of the platter.
I doubt you'll find the SSD performed any error correction at all, but instead chkdsk overwrote some corrupted data with valid data that then restored the SSD operation. To be safe though assuming the SSD is properly fixed just because you can once again mount it and read and write to it is a risk. Personally I would backup the entire drive and then perform a Read/Writeuniquepattern/Verify/ReWriteOriginal/Verify across the entire surface and if any errors are found get a replacement under warranty since most SSD's in use should still be under warranty.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

HavocRock,

By the time that happens I've usually replaced them with newer technology. "Touch wood", I've yet to have a hard drive fail on me, or SSD yet for that matter. BUT, I am a believer in regular defragging of HDD's, by cutting down on seek times, it can actually prolong the HDD's life. It also helps in the recovery of files if the drive is not too fragmented. My beliefs anyhow.

Reply   |   Comment by Nigel  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

TK, you clearly don't have enough practical experiences with hard drives and are speaking from theory which is flawed. In my experiences of over 20 years, hard drive life is reduced by defragging, the performance is barely raised and data recovery can be a lot more difficult if you had and error on drive and you have defreagged it after the error appeared. Sometimes you wouldn't know about the error till you defrag it and the system has trouble moving the data.

As for your facts, they are pointless. Windows doesn't usually defrag in the background, IT USUALLY DEFRAGS WHILE THE SYSTEM IS NOT BEING USED. Not everything windows does is right, not everything windows does is good for your computer.

A hard drive's seek time will not dramatically improve by defragging no matter what you say, the improvement is so little that you are not going to notice it no matter what you say. Your claim is logically and factually wrong, not mine. I currently have 3 desktops and 12 laptops and I never defrag drives on any of these machines and have never had performance issues with any of these machines. I have experimented with computers for hard drive performance and issues hundreds of times and have found that defragging doesn't improve performance by much and for long, defragging can reduce the life of your hard drive by over 50% and it can definitely result in data loss if there is an error on the drive before you start defragging.

As for knowable limit on read and right data on magnetic media, it does have a predictable limit. Sometimes, some drives might last longer, but generally they have a limit and going above that limit is not recommended if your data is important.

I am not speaking after reading a blog or by googling information, I am speaking from experience that is larger than probably most of your life. I spend countless hours with computers, always have. I know how they tick.

Reply   |   Comment by HavocRock  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

HavocRock, here is a link explaining the long life of SSDs. http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/06/consumer-grade-ssds-actually-last-a-hell-of-a-long-time/
From the article: "The results are impressive: the consumer-grade SSDs tested all made it to at least 700TB of writes before failing."

Also, there's this: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2856052/grueling-endurance-test-blows-away-ssd-durability-fears.html

Defragging a hard drive, should extend the life.

Reply   |   Comment by Roger  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Moes, I've been using budget Chinese brand (Kingfast) SSD for 12+ hours a day (and 24 hours when I leave my laptop running when I'm downloading large files at night) for 16 months. I've written over 24 terrabytes of data to drive, and have never any issues.

Reply   |   Comment by Roger  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

mike, there was some quality issues with early SSDs. But newer SSDs are very reliable.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2856052/grueling-endurance-test-blows-away-ssd-durability-fears.html

http://betanews.com/2014/12/05/modern-ssds-can-last-a-lifetime/

In the second link, they state "To reach that mark in 10 years, you would have to write 204.8 TB of data each year. That is 17.06 TB of data each month, or approximately 574.4 GB each day. I rarely write more than 5 GB of data per day, let alone more than 100 times as much."

I've written over 24 terrabytes of data to my cheap Chinese SSD in the last 16 months, and it's still working fine.

Reply   |   Comment by Roger  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

HavocRock, modern ssd have pretty much the same life span as traditional hard drives, but the very first ssd weren't this good, and so they have earned this failure reputation.

Reply   |   Comment by Evgeny  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

HavocRock, sorry for the delay in replying but the moderators withheld your comment for many hours.

Point 1: My experience of hard drives is both practical and theorey based. It extends back to the days of 5.25" half height 8Mbyte MFM drives and way before then for theoretical knowledge, through RLL drives and early IDE drives to official ATA-IDE and SCSI drives and hotswapable raid arrays building installation and maintanance as a professional and enthusiast, right up to modern day 4096byte sector hard drives with perpendicular recoding technology ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perpendicular_recording ). My experience is not anecdotal like yours but based upon emprical raw data tests and decades of experience to evaluate what works and what doesn't and what tends to make things worse and crucially WHY!

Point 2 The so called knowable limit on magnetic hard drives is called the MTBF standing for Mean Time Before Failure the Mean means the Arithmetic Mean commonly called Average and is not a measure of the lifetime of the read/write ability of the platter but of the device as a whole. If you look at the specs of a modern drive you will find the MTBF quoted is enormous! in the order of a million to 2 million HOURS that's hundreds of YEARS if the device is used in the recomended environment! They may not last that long in the real world though due to power supply instability, thermal stress, excessive physical shock or vibration in use but never due to excessive defragmentation... which technically is impossible since once a drive is defragmented re-defragmenting will do nothing since there would be no fragmented files to defragment and even then if one files gets fragmented and the defragmenter is forced to defragment it that is no big deal just moving the fragmented clusters to contiguos ones big deal, there is far more activity at bootup and shutdown or hibernate/dehibernate...

Point 3 you will not change let alone improve a drives "seek" time by defragging. The various "seek" measurements are mechanically fixed by design and only change due to mechanical fatigue and reduction of the magnetic patterns signal (reduction of magnetic coherance).

Note: I am aware it is possible to degrade a drives seek rate using Advanced Acoustic Managment (AAM) commands that make a drive quieter during seeks (less clickety click) by decreasing the head seek acceleration and deceleration rates which in turn increases the seek times. Similarly there are a set of power managment modes using APM commands that affect spin up time and head-loading and unloading that can adversely affect seek times too.

Point 4 by specialised defragging one can improve the data *access* rates by reducing inter cluster seeking and more favorable file positioning on the platter. You can practically learn about the differing transfer rates across different portions of a hard drive platter by using SiSoft Sandra 2016 benchmarking tool and get it to plot the drives linear throughput across the drives surface and see that the random access speed is invariably slower across the entire surface of the drive.
Point 5 it's not the hard drive that has a need for it to be defragged it's the operating systems file system that required the defragmenting intervention.
Point 6 The random access speeds of magnetic hard drives is very poor compared to the linear access speeds. This can be proven beyond doubt with open source disk drive benchmarking program http://crystalmark.info/download/index-e.html#CrystalDiskMark The relevence being that a file that is heavily fragmented is practically converted from a linear file to a randomly accessed file spanning a much larger area of the platter surface thus reducing the read and write access rates and speeds drastically and also exercising the hard drive mechanisims far more than a periodically top up defragmented drive as windows does it.
Point 7 I wrote "Count 1 windows vista and above Defragment system harddrives silently in the background so YOU don't even see the essential maintanance working being done unless you look below the surface!" You wrote "Windows doesn't usually defrag in the background, IT USUALLY DEFRAGS WHILE THE SYSTEM IS NOT BEING USED."

In response I can only say when the scheduled defragment task starts NO GUI apears, no systray icon shows up, no beep is made it all happenes in the BACKGROUND exactly like I said, I never said "while you work" you assumed or added that in your imagination and figured you'd try and correct something that was not said a bit like before..

I do note however that you have not said that you have disabled the defragmenter scheduled task on all your 3 desktops and 12 laptops since you don't believe in defragmenting drives of any kind and firmly believe it is better to accesses fragmented files all day long causing masses more seeking over the surface of a drive constantly rather than doing a sheduled background maintanance defrag once a week and having a more relaxed hard drive the rest of the time.

I prefer emprical evidence over personal perception since I am self aware enough to know that I cannot accurately judge relative startup time over days or years and since windows can do different things during different startups behind that microsoft bootup animation, stopwatch times to desktop can be meaningless! I believe in maximising the possible performance and reliability of each component part in a given PC mine or a customers, fine tune windows settings and services and startups and perform necesary scheduled maintanance where possible and every now and then perform manual mantanance when needed.

I generally reffer people to google for things that are well established and the truth is out there if they don't want to take my word for it. You are free to believe what you want but expect to have any false beliefs you have disputed and voted down when you try and shove them down peoples throats because of your limited personal experience. I am 99.9999% certain there is no magnetic hard drive killing conspiracy going on driven by Microsoft and pounced on by rentalware conspiracists... the rentalware conspiracy to milk the consumer, when they don't present an ongoing cost to the vendor, I do accept though.

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Sometimes when it states a one year license, it is really updates for a year, then you need to purchase to get further updates but it will still function, but without further updates after the year. Which I believe is better than how it sounds, after a year it won't function anymore and no updates at all. Is it the first scenereo, or will it stop functioning after a year and no updates without purchase ever? Thanks.

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Chewy, after a year, it will revert to the free version, which has less features than the Pro version. You will be able also be able to install new version of Smart Defrag when they are released.

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When I press " Enter Code " Nothing Happens :(

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This is a decent alternative to the standard Windows defragmenter, but there are a few things to consider:

The standard Windows defrag actually works very well.

Some people will disagree, but, it has been proven in benchmarks that there is often not much improvement in performance when using a third party defrag tool, and sometimes performance is actually reduced. http://www.hofmannc.de/en/windows-7-defragmenter-test/benchmarks.html

Starting with Vista, the Windows defragmenter automatically defrags your hard drives once a week. This means that if you stick with the Windows defragmenter, you never have the run it yourself, as it does it for you.

For the majority of users, there's really not much point using software like today's giveaway, when Windows does a good enough job itself. However, if you want to have more control over defragging, then it's worth trying Smart Defrag.

Today's giveaway is for a one year license. After a year, it will revert to the free version with less features, so you will still be able to use it.

Reply   |   Comment by Roger  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+39)

Roger, for the most part I do agree the built in windows vista and above defragmenter default scheduled settings is generally sufficient for daily use but file positioning according to usage priority is something the windows defragmenter doesn't really address so for me personally I prefer to move all my video/music/backed up GAOTD install files and other archived files and install packages and update patch backup/uninstall packages etc to the far slow end of the drive surface to free up the faster front portion of the drive for frequently used files and since the manually repsitioned files are done with the free defraggler program they are also fully defragmented so windows defragmenter will not try to undo the files custom positioning when it runs leaving it able to boot time optimise defragment and defragment the latest installed security patch file or event logs or registry hive files. I Get the best of both worlds transparrent background scehduled maintanance defragmenting of the built in defragmenter and custom file re-positioning of defraggler as and when new media files or install packages are added. If todays giveaway allows manual repositioning of files I have no idea or if the free version permits it too, I already have my free solution in place so I'll stick with it and avoid any rentalware defragmenter even if it's free for a year!

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