If you’re having issues with hard drive clutter, don’t worry, we have a solution for you. The best way to remove hard drive clutter is definitely through a defragmentation. In this article, we’ll present you the best five tools for disk defragmenation, which will help your hard drive to work normally again.
How to declutter your hard drive
How to declutter my hard drive? We’re sure that many Windows 10 users have asked themselves this question. The quickest and safest way to do that is by using a dedicated software. Here are some of the best:
- Smart Defrag (recommended)
- O&O Defrag (suggested)
- Auslogics Disk Defrag
- Puran Defrag
- Disk Speedup
The main advantage of Smart Defrag is that it has an option of scheduling automatic defrags, and it also has an option of performing a defrag when the computer is on idle. Smart Defrag is also very good for running a boot time defrag in order to remove fragments from locked files. Just like Defraggler, Smart Defrag could also exclude certain files and folders from defragging or analyzing.
You also can choose to defrag only Windows Metro Apps, or skip defraggin files that are larger than a certain size. You can download Smart Defrag from IObit’s website for free, or upgrade to the PRO version with 35% discount to enjoy more powerful functionalities.
O&O Defrag (suggested)
O&O Defrag gives you a quick overview of how your hard drive is used. It allows you to search for files or folders that are taking up needed disk space and slowing down your PC. This software has a user-friendly interface which is quiet the same as Windows Explorer’s. Thus, it’ll be easy for you to use it!
O&O Defrag has a special algorithm that puts back again the file fragments. Despite this, you can choose to control the defragmentation by creating and manipulating the process settings. It increases the reading speed (up to 100%) of your computer and the lifespan of your hardware.
Another great feature is that Defrag deletes permanently the free space on your disks thus preventing the theft of confidential files and documents because it uses another deleting algorithm than Windows delete process, which leaves traces behind it. It is indeed a very good defragmenter for your PC!
From the developer of CCleaner, Piriform, comes probably the most powerful, free defrag software out ther, Defraggler. This tool is very flexible, because it can defrag the data or just the free space of an internal or external hard drive. It also have the option of defragmenting specifics files or folders on your computer, only.
Besides defragmenting, Defraggler can also check for the errors of your had drive, empty the Recycle Bin before defragging, exclude some certain files from the defragging process, and more. All these options make Defraggler an ultimate tool form maintaining and managing your hard drives. You can download it for free from Piriform’s website.
Auslogics Disk Defrag
Auslogics Disk Defrag tool comes in two versions, as a regular, installable software, but also as a portable program that could be used on removable drives. With Auslogics Disk Defrag you can move system files to another locations of your hard drive in order to improve launch time and boost general system performance.
You can also perform some more basic hard disk maintaining tasks, like checking drive errors with chkdsk, optimizing a hard drive, excluding certain files or folders from the defragmentation process, running idle scans, and more. You can download Auslogics Disk Defrag from the official website for free.
Puran Defrag comes with its special, custom optimizer called Puran Intelligent Optimizer, which will help you to move common system files to other locations of a disk in order to speed up access to these files. Puran Offers similar defragging options like other defrag tools from this article. For example, you can perform a defragmentation by right-clicking on a folder/file and choosing defrag with Puran Defrag from the context menu.
Puran Defrag uses a bit specific way of scheduling the defrags, for example, you can set up the defragmentation every so many hours, when system is on idle, or when the screensaver starts. You can download Puran Defrag from its official website, for free.
You can also choose what files or folders you want to defrag with Disk Speedup, or you can run an automatic defrag when the system is on idle. Disk Speedup is very customizable, for example, you can choose to disable defrags if files have fragments smaller than 10MB, have more than 3 fragments, or are larger than 150MB.
You can also configure this tool to automatically move large files to different location on the hard drive, in order to improve overall performance. Disk Speedup has many more interesting options, but doesn’t offer anything more than above-listed defrag tools. You can download Disk Speedup for free from Glarysoft website.
Of course, you can also declutter your hard drive manually. For example, you can use Windows 10’s built-in utility, Disk Cleanup. This tool scans your hard drive for junk files and then deletes them to free up some space. Additionally, you can uninstall all the apps, programs and games that you haven’t used in a while. For detailed instructions, you can use this guide.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2015 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.