Good Disk Defrag Software?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by AngeredTree, Jul 16, 2004.

  1. AngeredTree macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2004
    Boston, MA
    Anyone know of a good Disk Defragmenter other than Norton or TechTool? (basically, a free one? maybe? please?)

  2. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    You probably don't need any defrag software, Panther automatically defrags for you. I don't know of any third-party apps though.
  3. AssassinOfGates macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2002
    A cardboard box.
    If you move lots of files larger than 20 megs all the time or have less than 5 gigs left, then yes you do need to defrag, even with panther (which only defrags up to 20 megs). I defrag about every 4-6 months.

    Get Diskwarrior.

    Edit: sizes
  4. NusuniAdmin macrumors 6502a


    Nov 19, 2003
    please do not say norton ever again. Norton utilities is byfar the worst investment possible. Instead of actually defragging your files for os x, norton actually MOVES them. Yes even the most recent version, in fact i took pictures of my test dummy macs using norton and sent them into norton. The farggin /private/etc folder ended up in /Users and junk like that .....go figure. Many other people i know have had this happen as well...and norton denies that file moving is possible.... What a bunch of liers. Sorry i brought this up but its just such a crappy program. The worse part is they are getting away with it...oh well.

    Ah yes and people PANTHER IS NOT THE ONLY MAC OS WITH AUTO DEFRAG. Auto defrag is in the filesystem itself. Panther just has this enabled by default. Isn't it funny how apple enabled journalising and auto defrag in panther by default but not in the other oses...stupid company. A few disk programs have options for enabling this on 10.0-10.2. I dont think it is possible to enable this through os 9, but who would want to anyways.

    Here is a nifty article about disk optomization:
  5. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    Norton Utilities was great as a Mac OS 9 utility, but it's utterly worthless as a Mac OS X utility. I also recommend DiskWarrior - it's saved some of my other Macs before (I haven't needed it on my iMac yet - but I shouldn't need it as long as I clone my hard drive on a regular basis with Carbon Copy Cloner).

    The reason Apple left journaling and auto defrag off in previous versions of Mac OS X is because Apple felt they weren't ready for widespread use. With Panther, Apple decided that these features were ready for the general public, so Apple enabled them by default.
  6. NusuniAdmin macrumors 6502a


    Nov 19, 2003
    AH yes i forgot to mention its a great classic os utility...just not os x.
  7. Duff-Man macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2002
    Albuquerque, NM
    Duff-Man says....Diskwarrior is *not* a file defrag utility - it is however a great disk directory repair tool and a great addition to anyone's utility toolbox....oh yeah!
  8. realityisterror macrumors 65816


    Aug 30, 2003
    Snellville, GA
    i use techtool every 4-6 months.. it seems to be the best option... (and i work with lots of large files...) (it annoys me that s/he asks for defrag utilities and yet just about everyone, as usual, says you don't need it... if s/he asked, then answer)

    and as duffman said... diskwarrior only optimizes the disk directory or w/e... it doesn't actually rearrange the files (techtool does both)... (oh yeah)

  9. James L macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2004

    Hey Duff Man,

    I was going to ask if everyone from where you lived spoke about themselves in the 3rd person, but then I realised you were from the island... it all makes sense now!

    Just a harmless jab from a lower mainlander!


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