Auslogics Disk Defrag Free

Auslogics Disk Defrag Free
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DISK DEFRAG
FREE
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Contents
Introduction ...................................................................................................................................... 3
Installing the Program ................................................................................................................... 5
System Requirements .......................................................................................................................... 5
Installation ........................................................................................................................................... 5
Uninstalling the Program ............................................................................................................. 7
Interface ............................................................................................................................................. 8
Available Defrag Algorithms ....................................................................................................... 9
Basic Usage...................................................................................................................................... 10
Analyzing Disks................................................................................................................................... 10
Defragmenting ................................................................................................................................... 11
Optimizing.......................................................................................................................................... 11
Checking Disks for Errors ................................................................................................................... 13
Scheduling Defragmentation.................................................................................................... 14
Configuring Program Settings .................................................................................................. 16
Changing Language ............................................................................................................................ 16
General Settings ................................................................................................................................. 17
Cluster Map Appearance ................................................................................................................... 17
Tweaking Algorithms ......................................................................................................................... 18
Specifying Exclusions.......................................................................................................................... 19
CONTENTS 2
Introduction
Auslogics Disk Defrag Free is a fast and easy to use
tool that will help you to eliminate file
fragmentation and optimize your hard drives for
maximum performance.
Its advanced disk optimization techniques guarantee
the best possible results and its extensive features
will satisfy both novice and experienced users.
High quality of this program has been proven by
over 11,000,000 users worldwide.
Here is a brief overview of the features that allow
the program to optimize and improve your system
performance:
Feature
File defragmentation
Free space consolidation
System files smart placement
Clearing the MFT
ReservedZone
Description
Defragments files and folders by merging their pieces together
Merges scattered pieces of free space into a contiguous block, preventing
fragmentation of newly created files
Moves system files to the faster part of the disk, minimizing the time
needed for hard drive to access them
Moves data files from the MFT Reserved Zone into the rest of the disk
space, preventing MFT fragmentation
Single file defragmentation
Can save your time by defragmenting only files that you want to, instead
of defragmenting an entire hard drive
Simultaneous
defragmentation
Can defragment several drives at once, greatly reducing the time needed
for defragmentation
VSS-optimized algorithm
Auto-Defragmentation
Minimizes growth of the VSS storage area and reduces the chance of
overwriting previous VSS snapshots
Can defragment disks automatically in the background when your system
goes idle
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Feature
Scheduled defragmentation
Resource usage management
Clearing temporary files
File fragments viewer
File/Folder exclusion
Description
Has a flexible scheduler that allows you to set the most suitable time span
for defragmenting disks
You can restrict the use of system resources by the defrag process to
minimize interference with your other activities
Can clear current user and Windows temporary folders to lessen the time
needed for defragmentation
Shows you the list of all fragmented files and their fragments location on
the disk
If there is encrypted data or other files that should not be moved, they can
be excluded from defragmentation
Large fragments handling
Can be configured to ignore large file fragments as their defragmentation
doesn't increase file read speed much
Multi-terabyte volumes
support
Has a powerful engine that allows the program to defragment large disks
of several terabytes
Power saving for laptops
Can be configured to limit use of system resources when laptop runs on
battery power
Command line support
Supplied with a command line tool - "cdefrag.exe", which can be found in
the program folder once it is installed
INTRODUCTION 4
Installing the Program
System Requirements
Before installing the program, check that your computer meets the following hardware and software
requirements:
Operating System
Minimal Hardware Configuration
Windows 8 (32-bit and 64-bit supported)
25 MB of available hard-disk space
Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit supported)
32 MB RAM or more
Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit supported)
Windows 2008 (32-bit and 64-bit supported)
Windows XP (32-bit and 64-bit supported)
Installation
It is recommended that you close all other applications when running the Setup so that they do not
interfere with the installation.
1. Start the Setup Wizard by
double-clicking on the
downloaded file.
2. On the Welcome screen, click
Next.
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3. Read through the License Agreement on the screen that follows, select I Accept the Agreement
and click Next.
4. Choose the destination folder where the program files will be placed. By default, the installer
puts the program in C:\Program Files\Auslogics\Auslogics Disk Defrag, but you can click Browse
and select a different destination, if you prefer. Click Next to continue.
5. Select the Start menu folder the program shortcuts will be placed in. By default, they are placed
in Auslogics\Disk Defrag, but you can specify a different folder, if you prefer.Click Next to
continue.
6. If you would like to install the Auslogics Toolbar add-on for your web-browser and set Ask.com as
a homepage, you can do so by checking appropriate boxes on the next screen (they are checked
by default). If you prefer not to do this, please uncheck the boxes. Click Next to continue.
7. If you would like to create a desktop icon for the program, you can do so by checking the box on
the next screen (it is checked by default). If you prefer not to install a desktop icon, uncheck the
box. This is the last option you can adjust in the Setup Wizard. Once you click Next on this screen,
the installation will begin. It will only take a few moments.
8. If you have an older version of Auslogics Disk Defrag Free, the installer will uninstall it
automatically.
9. Once installation is complete,
a screen will be displayed to
confirm that Auslogics Disk
Defrag Free was successfully
installed. You can check a box
to automatically launch the
program after closing the
Setup Wizard (it is checked by
default) or uncheck it to later
launch the program manually.
To launch the program later,
click on the program icon on
your Desktop, if an icon was
installed. Alternatively, you
can go to the Start menu,
select All Programs > Auslogics > Auslogics Disk Defrag to launch the program.
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Uninstalling the Program
1. To uninstall the program, open the Control Panel from the Windows Start Menu.
2. In Windows 7 or Vista double-click Programs and Features, or, if in category view, select
Programs > Uninstall a Program, then select Auslogics Disk Defrag from the programs list and
click Uninstall.
3. In Windows XP you will see Add/Remove Programs category instead of Programs and Features
in the Control Panel - double-click on this category, select Auslogics Disk Defrag from the list and
click Remove or Add/Remove, depending on what view you are using.
4. This will completely remove the program from your computer, including all associated files and
folders.
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Interface
The following picture shows the main program window and its components:
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Main Menu
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Disks List
3
Cluster Map
4
Operation Results Summary Section
INTERFACE 8
Available Defrag Algorithms
Check & Correct
Selected
Check Selected
Quick Defrag
Action
Defrag
Analyze
Operation Type
Defrag & Optimize
To give you a general idea of what each type of operation does to improve system performance, here
is a brief overview of each operation’s functions:
Analyzes disks for fragmentation
Defragments files and folders
Defragments free space on disks
Optimizes system files
placement*
Moves data files from the MFT
Reserved Zone
Checks disks for errors
Corrects errors found on disks
*Note.
This feature is disabled by default. You can enable it under the "Algorithms" tab in the
program settings.
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Basic Usage
Analyzing Disks
Before you launch defragmentation or optimization, disk analysis is recommended. It reads disk
information and shows you a true picture of the disk’s condition and recommended actions.
To perform disk analysis, follow these steps:
1. In the list of disks, select the disk you would like to analyze by checking the box next to its name.
2. Click on the arrow on the Defrag button andselect Analyze from the drop-down menu.
While the operation is underway, its current status is shown in the main pane, as well as in the
disks list next to the name of the disk being analyzed.
3. Upon completion, analysis results will be displayed in the Operation Results Summary
Section.You can switch to the Files tab to view a list of fragmented files and, if desired, select the
files you want to defragment individually.
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When you select a file from the list, the location of its fragments will be highlighted on the
cluster map.
Clicking on a block on the cluster map will produce an additional tab - Selected Files - which will
let you view lists of files in the block that you selected on the map.
Defragmenting
When you are ready to start defragmenting, follow these steps:
1. In the list of disks, select the disk you would like to defragment by checking the box next to its
name and click the Defrag button below the disks list.
While the operation is underway, its current status is shown in the main pane, as well as in the
disks list next to the name of the disk being defragmented.
2. Upon completion, defragmentation results will be displayed in the main pane with a brief
description of the result shown in the list of disks.
Optimizing
Unlike simple defragmentation, "Defrag & Optimize" mode applies several optimization techniques:

Free space consolidation
Free space on a disk is often split into many small gaps between files. Windows fills these gaps
with newly created or extended files. The more fragmented the free space is, the more
fragmented new files will be. Disk Defrag merges free space into a large contiguous block during
optimization process. This technology effectively prevents further files fragmentation and
increases file write speed.
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
System files smart placement
System files are necessary for the operating system to perform its numerous functions.
Commonly used by Windows, system files may be scattered all over the disk and intermixed with
regular data files. Disk Defrag moves them to the faster part of the disk. Such intelligent way of
defragmentation minimizes time needed for HDD to access system files and thus improves
overall computer performance.
Note.

This feature is disabled by default. You can enable it under the "Algorithms" tab in the
program settings.
Clearing the MFT Reserved Zone
Normally, NTFS file system reserves about 12.5% of the disk volume for the MFT records (a place
where information about every file and directory is stored). However, when the rest of the disk
space is getting low, the MFT Reserved Zone will be used for storing regular files. This may lead
to MFT fragmentation.
Disk Defrag replaces regular files from the MFT Reserved Zone into the rest of the disk space,
allowing NTFS to allocate contiguous space for the MFT records and thus to prevent its
fragmentation.
To perform disk optimization, follow these steps:
1. In the list of disks, select the disk you would like to optimize by checking the box next to its
name.
2. Click on the arrow on the Defrag button and select Defrag & Optimize from the drop-down
menu.
This will launch optimization. While the operation is underway, its current status is shown in the
main pane, as well as in the disks list next to the name of the disk being optimized.
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Checking Disks for Errors
Before you launch defragmentation, it is a good idea to check your disks for errors. Whenever a disk
has errors, there is a risk that data may get corrupted during defragmentation. By checking for errors
and fixing any errors that are found, you ensure that no data will get lost or corrupted when you
launch defragmentation.
To check a disk for errors, follow these steps:
1. In the list of disks, select the disk you would like to scan for errors by checking the box next to its
name.
2. Select the Action tab in the main menu and go to Advanced > Check Selected. This will launch a
standard Windows disk check tool, called Chkdsk (Chkdsk.exe).
3. If errors were found during the check, you should try fixing them before you proceed to
defragment the disk. To do this, select the Action tab in the main menu and go to Advanced >
Check & Correct Selected.
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Scheduling Defragmentation
In order to keep disk fragmentation in check and support good system health and consistent speed, it
is important to run defragmentation regularly. Launching defragmentation manually when you
remember to does not provide the level of maintenance needed for best results. This is why Disk
Defrag Free comes equipped with the Scheduler tool that provides a wide array of options you can
configure for scheduling. The Scheduler allows you to configure defragmentation by time or set Disk
Defrag to run when your PC is in idle state.
Defragmentation by time, is designed to run exactly at the specified time, regardless of whether the
program is running.
Idle-time defragmentation is launched only when the program is running. It is designed to work in
the background for constant disk maintenance. It can be configured to start when the system
remains idle for a period of time from 1 to 30 minutes, and to stop when a user resumes activity on
the computer.
Here is a brief overview of each of these methods:
Defragmentation by Time
Idle-time Defragmentation

Runs when system remains idle for a
specified period of time, and only when the
program is running
Runs in the background and does not
interfere with other user activity

Stops when user resumes activity on the
computer
Can put an icon in notification area to show
when the operation is underway

Runs not more often than once every 12
hours to prevent excessive launches

Runs at the specified time even when the
program is not running
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To configure scheduled defragmentation, please follow these steps:
1. Select Settings > Scheduler from the main menu.Alternatively, you can click on the clock icon in
the bottom left corner:
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2. In the window that pops up check the Defragment automatically box.
3. Specify frequency andthe time when you want defragmentation to be launched:
4. Select the disks that you want to enable the scheduler for by checking the boxes next to the
disks' names.
5. You can also set the program not to launch defragmentation when your PC is in battery power
mode by checking the appropriate box.
2. When you are done configuring scheduler, you can go back to the main program window by
selecting View > List of Disks from the main menu. Alternatively, click on the cluster icon in the
bottom left corner:
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Configuring Program Settings
The Program Settings manager allows you to change the program’s language, looks and behavior,
tweak algorithms and set exclusions.To launch the Program Settings manager, select Settings >
Program Settings from the Program’s main menu. A new window will appear, with settings divided
into fivecategories: Language, General, Cluster Map, Algorithms and Exclusions.
Changing Language
Auslogics Disk Defrag Free can be run in the following languages:
English
German
French
Italian
Spanish (Spain)
Spanish (Argentina)
Danish
Dutch
Russian
Polish
Czech
Slovak
Hungarian
Serbian
Portuguese (Brazil)
Portuguese (Portugal)
Japanese
Korean
Chinese (Simplified, PRC)
Chinese (Traditional)
Indonesian
Malay
Turkish
By default, the program is installed in your operating system language, or in English, if your OS
language is not supported. To change the program language, follow these steps:
3. Select Settings > Program Settings from the main menu.
4. Click on the Language tab and select the desired language from the drop-down menu.
5. When you are done, click OK, or proceed to another tab if you need to change other program
settings.
Note.
Please keep in mind that changing program language requires you to restart the application
for the changes to take effect.
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General Settings
The General tab is where you can specify the program’s behavior (whether you want it to start at
Windows logon, or be minimized on close, etc.).
Here you can also choose to integrate the program into Windows Explorer, which will add
"Defragment with Disk Defrag" to its context menu. This will let you defragment files, folders or
drives by right-clicking on them in Windows Explorer and selecting the required option from the
menu.
To change any of these settings, follow these steps:
1. Select Settings > Program Settings from the main menu.
2. Click on the General tab and make the desired changes.
3. When you are done, click OK, or proceed to another tab if you need to change other program
settings.
Cluster Map Appearance
Under the Cluster Map tab, you can specify the way your cluster map will look in the program
window. To change these settings, follow these steps:
1. Select Settings > Program Settings from the main menu, and click on the Cluster Map tab.
2. In the first drop-down menu, choose between bars or squares for displaying cluster blocks.
3. In the next drop-down menu, select one of 12 color schemes for the cluster map.
4. When you are done, click OK, or proceed to another tab if you need to change other program
settings.
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Tweaking Algorithms
The Algorithms tab allows you to tweak defragmentation algorithms. The following options are
available here:

Delete temporary files before defragmenting.
This option allows Disk Defrag to clear current user and Windows temporary folders before
starting defragmentation. Often useless temporary files take up hundreds of megabytes of disk
space. Their deletion will lessen the time needed for defragmentation.

Skip fragments larger than.
For faster defragmentation results, Disk Defrag allows you to specify not to defragment files
whose fragments’ sizes are greater than a user-specified size. Since reading large file fragments
takes much longer than head positioning, their defragmentation is unnecessary.

Move system files to the beginning of the disk.
With this option enabled, Disk Defrag will move system files to the faster part of the disk during
the optimization process. This minimizes the time needed for the hard drive to access system
files.

Defragment in VSS compatible mode.
The VSS defrag algorithm is used to minimize growth of the VSS storage area caused by file
movement during defragmentation. It also reduces the chance of overwriting previous VSS
snapshots. We recommend using this option when defragmenting VSS-enabled volumes.
Note.
The issue with loosing system restore points when defragmenting VSS-enabled volumes
is exclusive to Vista and later versions of Windows, and does not exist in Windows XP. If
you run Disk Defrag on Windows XP, you will not benefit from the VSS-compatible
defrag algorithm. Therefore, this option is available only when Disk Defrag is installed
on Vista or later Windows versions.
To change any of these settings, follow these steps:
1. Select Settings > Program Settings from the main menu.
4. Click on the Algorithms tab and make the desired changes.
2. When you are done, click OK, or proceed to another tab if you need to change other program
settings.
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Specifying Exclusions
Under the Exclude tab, you can specify files or folders that you do not want the program to
defragment. To do that, follow these steps:
1. Select Settings > Program Settings from the main menu and click on the Exclude tab.
2. Click on the Add… button and browse your computer for the needed items.
3. When you are done adding items to the list, click OK.
To remove a file or folder from the list of exclusions, select the item from the list and click Delete.
For any further help, please visit our technical support web page.
Auslogics Software Pty Ltd
PO Box 1644
Crows Nest
NSW 1585
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SETTINGS
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Australia
Fax: +61 2 8088 6395
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