Defrag is a hard disk defragmenter program with a twist.
Unlike most disk defragmenters, which require you to run
them and then wait patiently until they are finished, mst
Defrag runs silently in the background, constantly defragging
your hard drive and making sure that fragmentation is always
kept to a minimum. I previously reviewed mst Defrag v1
back in October 2004.
of the changes in this version are related to performance
issues. Depending on your computer, its usage and of
course your hard drive, you may or may not notice a difference.
For those running Windows 2000 workstation or servers,
the good news is that because of added support, you can
actually take advantage of the program! Also, all users
can benefit from some changes to the placement and adjustment
of fragmentations. mst Defrag now optimizes placement
by putting system boot files in an optimal location,
thus increasing boot speed. It also places modified files
at the end of partitions, thus reducing refragmentation,
improving partition analysis, providing more efficient
data input-output, and decreasing memory usage.
you might imagine, many of the feature improvements in
v1.8 are transparent, but there were still a number of
improvements that I noticed immediately. First off, RAM
usage has been decreased. Previous versions of mst Defrag
used approximately 852KB, but is now down in the range
of 350-800KB, depending on activity. Another change is
that there is now a system tray icon. It's not a functional
icon, just a reminder that the program is running. Although
I think keeping the memory footprint small is important,
it would have be nice if the developers could add a feature
exit or launch the full mst Defrag from the new system