Handy Utilities Compliment - One good Defrager & two Freebies
I already have been using Diskeeper [$50.00] for years and it has always efficiently worked well in the background - I haven't had to bother with "analyze" for optimization of my internal or external hard drive in years. It's that efficient.
Nevertheless, I've found a very efficient product that does the job and does it well and what I suggest to others:
=> DefragExpress! [$14.95]
Propaganda from their home site:
"Another great feature of DefragExpress is that it is a low maintenance defragger. It lives up to it's "express" name in every respect.
It takes 30 seconds to install, 30 seconds to set up your schedule, and then you're set to go! It can automatically close itself after its scheduled daily defrag so you don't even know you're using it but you will know that it has done its daily defrag work.
Of course if you want to have some fun with it, you can run it manually and watch it do its magic.
Small footprint - the complete program is less than 2 Mb."
1. Complete your day-to-day defrags in the fastest time possible
2. Completely defrag and consolidate all of your files and free space
3. Arrange your files to specifically ensure the slowest rate of file REfragmentation physically possible - the "physics" of our file placement algorithm assures
that. We might just have defeated entropy as it applies to your file system.
4. Place your most often used files on your hard drive in the appropriate position to achieve maximum performance
If you "shop" via Torrents; do not bother downloading the "Installable" version [it will bomb out] - Use only the portable version.
One more handy thing-me:
ObjectDock 1.9 [Freeware]
Desktop Utility. Popup tabs instead of flooding your desktop with a mass of uncategorized icons.
At one time or another, you may have run into this very annoying message while attempting to delete or rename a file in Windows Explorer:
"Cannot delete file: Access is denied. There has been a sharing violation. The source or destination file may be in use or the file is in use by another program or user. Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use."?
Meaning that a previous active program [usually Windows Explorer] still maintains it in memory and therefore the computer still "sees" it as being in use.
The easiest fix is a FREEWARE program called "Unlocker 1.9.0.
After installing this small program [the "Unlocker" prompt is then inserted into your popup window when you right-click on the file name of the "Locked" program in Windows Explorer].
Unlocker will also "release" external USB plug-ins [Flash drives, Hard Drives, etc]. As suggested by Microsoft, damage to information [usually "lost clusters"] on external may occur in that piece of hardware if it is not "released" properly.
In other words; it's something like playing a record [anyone remember those?]; and instead of lifting the tone arm off the record, you drag it sideways and get that God-awful noise indicating that you've probably scratched the record surface. Relative to computers; pulling out a USB Flash or hard drive could cause lost data or even damage the hardware [in extreme cases]. Over-simplified example, but you get the idea.
So you should click on the "Release" icon in the lower right task bar.
Unlocker also "releases" any external devices by using it in Windows Explorer - just click on the drive name and click on the "Unlocker" prompt.