Windows

Review: Smart Defrag

Smart Defrag is a bare bones defragmentation application with a simple interface that adds Auto Defrag functionality to the mix.

Smart Defrag from IObit.Com is a bare bones defragmentation application that adds a unique feature to the mix. With a simple interface and its Auto Defrag functionality, Smart Defrag is a free upgrade to the standard defrag functionality that comes with the Windows operating system, and you may want to check out.

Specifications

Who's it for?

Every system has a need for periodic defragmentation of the file system. In particular, power users and heavy media users are constantly adding and removing large files from their systems with frequent application installation/removal cycles, and media downloads/deletions. PC technicians and desktop support personnel also are heavy defrag users as they try to speed up customers' systems.

What problems does it solve?

While Microsoft Windows comes with a defragmenter, some people find it confusing or hard to use, particularly the scheduling features. In addition, some systems are performing enough file system changes that fragmentation is occurring constantly. Smart Defrag, particularly with its Auto Defrag feature, is designed to address these scenarios.

Standout features

  • Cost: Smart Defrag is free.
  • Auto Defrag Feature: Smart Defrag can continuously defrag your file system as your computer is idling, maintaining peak performance.
  • Simplicity: Smart Defrag has few options to be confused by and a simple UI.

What's wrong?

  • Limited feature set: Above and beyond the Auto Defrag feature, Smart Defrag does not offer any standout features.
  • Potentially untrustworthy publisher: The publisher's Web site contains a number of shady SEO practices, which reflects poorly on the publisher!

Competitive products

Bottom line for business

The defragmentation market is fairly crowded, with a wide variety of free and commercial offerings available. In most cases, which product is used is much less important than whether or not it is actually used. Windows comes with its own defragmenter, and in Vista and W7, it is scheduled to run on a weekly basis.

But some users will want a product that does more than that. Smart Defrag sets itself apart from Windows Defrag mainly with its Auto Defrag feature. Auto Defrag allows Smart Defrag to sit in the background (consuming little RAM in the process), and automatically defragment files as soon as it sees them become fragmented. While other products can trigger a defrag cycle based on period of inactivity, the Auto Defrag feature is more active and targeted than that.

That being said, the other thing that really sets Smart Defrag apart from the Windows Defrag is the Auto Defrag feature itself. There are a few smaller features in there that some may appreciate, like multiple levels of defragging. But for the typical desktop user, Smart Defrag probably will not be a substantial upgrade over the Windows Defrag, and suffers a bit in comparison to other applications like Defraggler.

User rating

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13 comments
rexrich2k
rexrich2k

Smart Defrag and Windows!!! :thumbsup: :)

Animal13
Animal13

One of the things I like is Smart Defrags ability to do a boot time defrag; this helps defrag many files that are constantly in use and are often very fragmented. It also has a feature to turn off the PC when done: I use this at night to defrag and power down.

JHASKINS75
JHASKINS75

It is one of many softwares that actually does what it is designed and advertised to do. I used it when Vista was receiving very negative performance comment's, and I improved the overall stability of Vista by using smart defrag, along with IObit windows advance system care pro. Clean, effective and efficient. The only draw back is it sometimes does not start automatically during boot up and you have to manually engage it. Other than that small glitch, I highly recommend it.

jeslurkin
jeslurkin

First tried it on XP,... didn't realize what a mess indiscriminate MS updates were making, and it quickly crashed. About two weeks ago I decided to give it a try on W2K. Auto Defrag works fine. Diskeeper trial seemed to slow things down, and it wasn't worth the money. _Almost_ anything is faster than the MS defrag. I use Auslogics or Ultra Defrag when I think necessary.

ps.techrep
ps.techrep

Having run both of them for more than a month, I don't see that SmartDefrag has an advantage over JKDefrag, which can be configured to run as a screen saver with minimum interval and drive specification. What I'd really like to see is a trustworthy defrag utility that could be used to defrag a dynamic drive during the system boot up. "Unmovable" files cause more fragmentation than anything else I do normally.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

We have reviewed several defragmentation products, which one is the best in your opinion?

SubgeniusD
SubgeniusD

The SmartDefrag AutoDefrag mode accomplishes the same result, doesn't it? As in your system will be effectively defragged at bootup if AutoDefrag has been running in background.

RandaraC
RandaraC

I've been using Diskeeper for many years I think is a very good one.

akulkis
akulkis

is a filesystem designed with modern methodologies so that it that doesn't require defragging. Every OS except Microsoft's crippled, 1950's refugees has modern, non-fragmenting filesystems, in contrast, Microsoft's filesystems all look, and perform, like fossils from the days of drum memory. Why is it that the world's biggest, highest earning software company can't do what companies 1/10th the size accomplished over a decade ago? Ah yes...keep feeding the masses horse **** and then when you show them a bowl of diarhea, they all go "ooooooooh, aaaaaaaah" That you all buy into Microsoft's fetid offerings is just not merely sad, but borders on professional incompetence.

PoppaTab
PoppaTab

Hello, I began using SmartDefrag on my personal machines because it was recommended here at TR. I have used Defraggler, DiskKeeper, and other odd utilities. I prefer SmartDefrag over the ones I've used that were not Open Source. Smart is very easy, almost too simple to use, but does just fine for what I need. Defraggler was a bit slower for me and DiskKeeper had to be fed money for the job to be done. I'm not a fan of paying subscriptions for computer utilities when open source or machine automation can be done so easily.

jeslurkin
jeslurkin

Thanks for that. A light bulb just went on in my brain: Since invoking auto defrag W2K has been slow to boot. This may irritate some users, as it had me, but now that I know why, I appreciate it. I don't find it necessary to reboot often, anyway.

memoemc2
memoemc2

ha ha ha ha ha ha bloody ha ha ha ha ha yep... unfortunately the mob is brainless and it acts as homer simpson; professional lickers and media slaves.

SubgeniusD
SubgeniusD

I'm no fan of MS either, running Linux 90% of the time, right now in fact. But to give credit where credit is due Win 7 is actually a decent OS and hatred of the "Evil Empire" won't change that. Regarding Smart defrag I had neglected my lightly used Vista system (used mostly as a media center) and was amazed how badly fragmented it had become after a few months. Given my personal usage profile I've scheduled a monthly scan and without file optimization for the data partition which has mostly huge media files that shouldn't be moved around like that. Smart defrag is just as functional as the Diskeeper package I had for years with XP. So I agree with the TR review and recommend Smart Defrag for anyone still "enslaved" by the Evil Empire (LOL).