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