Product Reviews

Windows 2000 Defragmentation Tools: O&O Defrag 2000 Professional

Five ways to fight the inevitable disk slowdown.

Hands down, O&O Defrag 2000 Professional is the best defragmentation tool I've seen to date. As I said in the print version of this article: O&O thought of everything. This software is based on the Microsoft Management Console (like most defragmenters these days) so it's easy to learn and use. It also comes with a number of features that keep your disks running as fast as possible, all of the time.

Pros: Easy to use and thorough
Cons:
Translated from German to English
Verdict: An excellent defragmentation tool

When you first open the software you will see your disks listed in the top pane and a disk analysis in the bottom pane. The first analysis is done thoroughly so it takes a while, but you won't mind that later. Once your disks have been analyzed you can defragment them. Defrag Professional has several options for defragmenting your hard disks: space, complete/name, and complete/date. Space simply defragments your files and consolidates your free space at the end of the disk so that you have a larger amount of space to insert new files later. Complete/name will defragment the disk, consolidate free space and rearrange files in alphabetical order on the disk. This option can take a while to run, but it makes your files easier for Windows to find. Complete/date is much like complete/name except that files are organized by placing the least used files at the beginning of the volume and the most used files at the end. This is an excellent choice for file or database servers where some files are seldom modified. While it is a bit hard to find, there is also a very thorough boot time defragmentation option. Defrag Professional will defragment your page file, system files and registry, which is more than the other software that I looked at will do.

All of the defrag options can be tightly controlled and scheduled. For instance, you can check the disk for errors before defragmenting (a nice touch). You can control how the processor is used during defragmentation by turning on ActivityGuard, which tells the software how to use threads in the processor or across multiple processors. Figure 2 shows these and other options.

O&O Defrag
Figure 1. O&O Defrag in Action. (Click image to view larger version.)

 

O&O Defrag Options
Figure 2. Some of the O&O Defrag options.

The only issues that I had with this software are minor. The first thing you'll notice when you open the box is that the instructions are written in German, with English instructions at the back of the book. This is fine, but there are some minor inconsistencies in the instructions that make it kind of amusing to read (maybe that's a plus). Also, O&O costs a little more than its competitors, but it's definitely worth the cost. For my money, I'd go with O&O.

About the Author

Joseph L. Jorden, MCSE, MCT, CCNA, CCDA is Chief Technical Officer for Dugger & Associates (www.Dugger-IT.com). He was one of the first 100 people to achieve the MCSE+I and one of the first 2,000 to become an MCSE under Windows 2000. Joseph frequently contributes to books from Sybex and various periodicals.

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Reader Comments:

Wed, Sep 29, 2004 Jazz Netherlands

This defrag tool (version 6.5) defrag's drives that diskeeper 8.0 just doesn't defrag.. it does not seem to touch large files or blacks (diskeeper that is) for boot time MFT defragmentation though diskeeper is still the best choice...

Wed, Mar 31, 2004 dex Anonymous

amazing product. defragmentation is so overlooked. If your looking for something to improve your system with little money, this product corrects that problem.

Fri, Oct 10, 2003 Nunya Houston

Man what a load of crap. Is the author a newb or what? This is JUNK!...Run a chkdsk after using this software! DAM! Stick with DisKeeper

Wed, May 14, 2003 WicKeD UK

Very Thorough, and makes a real difference to performance.

Thu, Jan 16, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

The analyzing speed is horrible, much slower than norton

Fri, Dec 20, 2002 Spring Street Wireworks Simi Valley, CA

I've tried Norton, V-Com, Diskeeper Server, Defrag Commander, etc. O&O is way past these guys!!

Sun, Dec 1, 2002 Anonymous Anonymous

Before a Boot Defrag, chkdsk found no errors. After a Boot Defrag, chkdsk found over 100 corrupt file entries, and over 100 orphaned files. This program is crap.

Fri, Sep 27, 2002 BaDAzN USA

i've tried Norton Speed Disk, Diskkeeper 7, Fixit Jet Defrag, and Perfectdisk 2000 v5. O&O rocks them all..Very intuitive defrag. Second goes to PerfectDisk

Sat, Aug 17, 2002 Anonymous Anonymous

This is the best PC tool i ever use for hard disk space and performance managing .Very amazing.

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Mon, Jun 17, 2002 fanta germany

very useful defrag tool. it's the best that I tested on several workstations of my company.

Sat, Jun 15, 2002 Mike Germany

hi,

This damn Programm install Spyware from chash4u on you NTFS System in a protectet folder!!

Damn !

Mon, May 27, 2002 Pappnase Anonymous

Needs multiple runs to completely defrag a partition.. after that the free space is never consolidated.... most of the time the drive isnt well defragmented at all..... the program cannot handle sector based optimization like many others tools do... due to that fact several larger files cannot be handled and much memory is needed.... After using MFT boot defrag (finished successfully) my c partition was corrupt.... Cosmetically the program looks very good.. but in my opinion the program is just a hype....

Thu, Apr 4, 2002 :-( Spain

My Windows XP was running fine, until I installed the new version of this software. Which could be the reason?

Thu, Mar 28, 2002 Techno US of A

Norton? Who the f... is Norton ? This one blows all the otheres away.

Tue, Mar 26, 2002 zoso UK

Superb tool, beats Diskeeper hands down

Fri, Mar 8, 2002 Anonymous somalia

Wow, look at the one guy submitting all the 5star ratings in lowercase.

Thu, Feb 14, 2002 Pappnaas Anonymous

The Krauts beat them all... again

Sat, Jan 26, 2002 pecara europe

outstanding

Fri, Jan 25, 2002 Anonymous Anonymous

excellent

Fri, Jan 25, 2002 Andrius Samuolis Anonymous

best tool

Fri, Jan 25, 2002 Andrius Anonymous

best tool

Tue, Jan 22, 2002 Anonymous Anonymous

this one rox

Fri, Dec 28, 2001 Anonymous Anonymous

best tool for win2k

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