your hard drive is something probably even the most wide-eyed
newbie has at least heard of. There are many utilities
out there that do the same job. Even current versions of
Windows supply a decent defragmentation utility. What the
Windows versions don't do is move the swap file or at least
disable it so it's out of the way during defragmenting.
Before running its own defragmantation process, Windows
also won't close open files or shut down any of the junk
running in your system tray.
are some commercial utilities which will close system
tray programs and move the swap files. One that most
folks will recognize is Symantec's Norton Speed Disk.
I've used Speed Disk from time to time and it always
does a reasonable job. I don't have Speed Disk installed
currently as it's bundled with the Norton Utilities suite
and since I never use any of the other utilities in the
suite, well, that's another story.
Pro is an attempt to provide a utility that gets around
the swap file by performing the defragmentation after
first disabling the swap file and then rebooting. It
then runs Window's defragmentation utility on the drives
you specify. The program is run from a standard Windows
dialog box and the choices are fairly simple. You can
choose which drives to defragment and whether to shut-down
or reboot Windows once the deed is done.
you click OK, the utility shuts down Windows, disables
the swap file and reboots. On startup, the utility triggers
Windows Scandisk and Windows Defrag before any of the
programs you normally use have a chance to start up.
Once the scanning and defragmentation process is done,
Defragmenter Pro re-enables your swap file and reboots
or shuts down, depending on your previous choice.