Method #2 – Using Auslogic Disk Defrag
For those that feel that the built-in Windows 7 defrag tool lacks both in functionality and in UI, there are 3rd-party tools that may do a better job. One of them is Auslogic Disk Defrag.Auslogic Disk Defrag is free for personal non-commercial use, and as such I will gladly feature it here in this website.Get it here: Auslogic Disk Defrag - Fast and Safe Defragmenter for Your Disks
Installation is easy, just agree to the license agreement and continue with the default settings. I usually remove the desktop icon.
After installing it, run Disk Defrag from the Start menu. You might be prompted to acknowledge it, if so, click on the "Yes" button.
Auslogic Disk Defrag has many interesting features. One of them is the ability to analyze a partition, and get visual representation of the fragmentation status. Select the required partition and press Defrag > Analyze.
With Auslogic Disk Defrag you can also configure the program's algorithm, schedule defrag jobs, and even exclude files or folders. You can also check the partition for errors, and even defrag specific files and folders.
It even has a "Defrag & Optimize" mode in which it applies several optimization techniques such as free space consolidation, system files smart placement and moving regular files from the MFT Reserved Zone to the rest of the disk space.
A typical defrag operation is pretty fast.
Do you know of other 3rd-party defragmentation tools that are free to use? Drop me a note and I'll try to feature them on this page.