Most users agree that the disk defragmentation software that ships with Microsoft Windows PCs is not the best piece of computer software to defragment a computer system efficiently.
Probably the main point of criticism centers around speed but there are others that weight in as well especially where functionality is concerned.
That's the main reason why so many software developers have created their own disk defragmenting software for the Windows operating system. A quick search on the Internet reveals dozens of these software programs.
We covered our share of defragmenting tools in the past including the popular Defraggler, Ultimate Defrag, Joshua's overview of defragmentation tools but also specialized programs like Page Defrag, Registry Defrag or Source Engine games defrag.
Ultra Defrag is another disk defragmenting software for the Windows operating system. The program is Open Source and supports both 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Microsoft Windows operating systems. Some of its key features is the speedy defragmentation process and the low resource usage while running the process. It comes with an installer or as a portable version and can be run from a graphical user interface or the command line.
The defragmentation software can defrag entire system partitions or single directories and files if it is added to the Windows context menu during installation.
Just right-click any file or folder and select the appropriate option to begin the defragmentation process of the selected data right away.
First thing you may want to do is analyze a drive if you run the main interface of the application. The process should not take long, and will provide you with information about the fragmentation of the files on it. There is no suggestion on how to proceed from here, but if you spot a fragmentation level of 10 or more percent, you may want to run the defragment operation to resolve the issue.
The command line version of the disk defragmenting software comes with several advanced options like excluding files from the defragmentation process. Users can also launch Ultra Defrag during system boot to be able to defragment the system files that are locked when Windows is running.