Does Anyone Know of A shareware disk defragmenter?

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  1. wh2332 macrumors member

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    I've looked everywhere, I can't find a mac freeware disk defragmenter. My disk is severely fragmented from editing hd video files. I really don't want to pay for idefrag, can anyone help?
     
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  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    It's either iDefrag or doing an Erase & Install.
     
  4. wh2332 thread starter macrumors member

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    I have heard this but I used the trial of Idefrag and have had several very fragmented files. Including one which had 333 fragments.
     
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Make a backup and then do an Erase & Install.
     
  6. wh2332 thread starter macrumors member

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    Is that the only option? There are a million windows shareware programs which do this and there are no mac ones?
     
  7. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Because OS X does it on its own using the normal maintenance scripts ...
     
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    Which one(s)?

    OP I don't know of anything beyond buying iDefrag on the software side. Erase & Install effectively does the same thing.
     
  9. wh2332 thread starter macrumors member

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    I've run the scripts through Onyx and this had no impact. i know hfs+ automatically keeps small files defragmented but what about movies, video files etc.
     
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    I can't seem to find the article right now ... but here's Apple's take on it:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1375?viewlocale=en_US
     
  11. wh2332 thread starter macrumors member

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    I've seen this but do you know of any way to start the process automatically?
     
  12. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    That's the filesystem itself. Every time defragmenting gets brought around people seem to think that the periodic scripts do this as well.

    The package installer also calls its post-installation clean up "optimization" as well but that isn't defragmenting either.
     
  13. wh2332 thread starter macrumors member

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    So really I need to clone my hd, reformat and then bring the files back over, or I need to shell out my 30 bucks.
     
  14. -tWv- macrumors 68000

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    unless there is a problem with your disk/files, there really is no reason to defragment on a mac
     
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