Running Auslogic Disk Defrag
The next thing you see (pictured at left) is a colour-coded representation of the drive indicating which areas are clean and which need work. It also displays which file it is working on. Though not excruciatingly slow like the Windows tools, it can take a few minutes for Auslogic Disk Defrag to do its thing, and you really shouldn’t be multitasking while it does. It is a good time to stretch your legs.
When it is done, you get the summary. The summary pictured at left shows specifically what happens if you try to defragment an almost full drive. Freeing up space and running Auslogic Disk Defragg two more times got the fragmentation down to 7.62% for a claimed speed increase of 16%.
Why two more times? Because it was so fast and stable that I just had to see if I could stop it in mid stream; the answer is yes. I still wouldn’t try to unplug my PC while it is running (actually, buying an uninterruptible power supply isn’t a bad idea for anyone that values the work and play they do on their computer), but Disk Defrag can be stopped or paused reliably.
The right frame of the summary screen is Disk Defrag’s only indication that Auslogic actually hopes to get some money out of it. Clicking the “Scan and remove Junk" link will bring you to the site for their BoostSpeed 4 suite, which costs $29.95 USD.
Some other “free" optimization tools and packages will spend over two hours running and scanning only to tell you that your system had x thousand problems, is on its last legs, and the only way to fix it is to fork over y dollars for the full version. In all fairness, Auslogic’s Disk Defrag is pretty classy in its compromise with financial reality.