10 Tools to Defragment your Hard Disk

Yesterday, I covered five of my favorite multimedia players. Today I’ll cover ten Windows tools that you can use to defragment your hard disk. You need just one.

Yesterday, I covered five of my favorite multimedia players. Today I’ll cover ten Windows tools that you can use to defragment your hard disk.

You need just one. So, take your pick!

Contig

Contig is a single-file defragmenter that attempts to make files contiguous on disk. Its perfect for quickly optimizing files that are continuously becoming fragmented, or that you want to ensure are in as few fragments as possible.

Contig

Power Defragmenter

Power Defragmenter

The main problem with contig is that it is command line and requires you to have some knowledge of using the command prompt. This is where Power Defragmenter steps in. It provides a GUI for contig and allows you to run the defragment process without having to enter anything into the commandline. Power Defragmenter comes inbuilt with TripleMode that runs Contig in 3 passes defragmenting any remaining fragmented files.

IObit Smart Defrag

This was one of my favorite defragmenters before I shifted to Power Defragmenter above. Smart Defrag allows you to defragment several partitions at the same time. It also runs in the background defragmenting your drive at regular intervals.

IObit SmartDefrag

WinContig

WinContig

WinContig is an easy-to-use stand-alone defragmentation tool that doesn’t create any installation directories or Registry entries on your computer. Its purpose is to quick defrag files without the need to defrag the whole disk. In addition, WinContig allows you to group files into profiles, and also it accepts a number of optional command-line switches that you can use to control how the program operates.

Auslogics Disk Defrag

Auslogics Disk Defrag is a compact defragmentation tool that supports FAT 16/32, and NTFS (with compressed and encrypted files). For the individual and corporate user Disk Defrag is perfect for maintaining high-level disk performance.

Auslogics Disk Defrag

SpeeDefrag

SpeeDefrag

SpeeDefrag is the exclusive freeware program, which optimizes Windows defrag. It restarts your computer, which refreshes the RAM and loads just the defrag.exe program. This imposes minimum load on the system and therefore defragmentation speed is increased. This small software will also shutdown or restart your computer automatically once defrag is over. It supports scheduling of defrag and now it also performs disk checking before defrag.

PageDefrag

PageDefrag

PageDefrag uses advanced techniques to provide you what commercial defragmenters cannot: the ability for you to see how fragmented your paging files and Registry hives are, and to defragment them. In addition, it defragments event log files and Windows 2000/XP hibernation files (where system memory is saved when you hibernate a laptop).

JkDefrag

JkDefrag

JkDefrag is a disk defragmenter and optimizer for Windows 2000/2003/XP/Vista/2008/X64. Completely automatic and very easy to use, fast, low overhead, with several optimization strategies, and can handle floppies, USB disks, memory sticks, and anything else that looks like a disk to Windows. Included are a Windows version, a commandline version (for scheduling by the task scheduler or for use from administrator scripts), a screensaver version, a DLL library (for use from programming languages), versions for Windows X64, and the complete sources.

Defraggler

Defraggler

Defraggler differs from many other defrag tools on the market, by enabling you to quickly and simply defrag the files you want to, without having to process the whole drive. Simply run it, select the file and defragment in seconds.

Windows Defragmenter

WinDefrag

How can anyone forget the inbuilt Windows Defragmenter. Before jumping into these tools, my first option would be to run Windows Defragmenter in commandline mode, i.e. running defrag.

My 5 favorite multimedia players

If there is one disease that I have, and it is my need for using different software for different purposes. This is especially true in the case of multimedia, i.e.

If there is one disease that I have, and it is my need for using different software for different purposes. This is especially true in the case of multimedia, i.e. audio and video players.

Currently I have several players installed or their portable versions stored on my laptop. These are my favorite five.

Media Player Classic

Media Player Classic was designed to look just like Windows Media Player 6.4, but with many additional new features. It has a built in DVD player with real-time zoom, support for AVI subtitles, QuickTime and RealVideo support and built-in MPEG2/SVCD/DVD codec.

Media Player Classic

VLC Media Player

VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, …) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.

VLC Media Player

jetAudio Basic

JetAudio is integrated multimedia software made up of a single compact rack. Not only does it play various music and video files, it also has features such as CD burning, recording, and conversion to other file formats.

jetAudio

Winamp

Winamp, the ultimate media player, allows you to manage and play audio and video files, rip and burn CDs, enjoy free music, access and share your music and more…

Winamp

Windows Media Player 11

Windows Media Player 11 offers great new ways to store and enjoy all your music, video, pictures, and recorded TV. Play it, view it, and sync it to a portable device for enjoying on the go or even share with devices around your home—all from one place.

Windows Media Player

Sunday Summary: Sep 22, 2008 – Sep 27, 2008

If you have missed reading any of our Techtites Daily articles this week, below is a list of what we covered. September 22 – VLC media player (Multimedia Monday) September 23 – DAMN NFO Viewer vs. ViewNFO (Tool Tuesday) September 24 – Automattic acquires IntenseDebate (WordPress Wednesday) September 25 – Creating Custom Labels in Microsoft Word 2007 (Tutorial Thursday) September 26 – Chindogu Clock for Procrastinators (Fun Friday) September 27 – Windows Live Writer Beta (Software Saturday) Have you liked the articles so far?

If you have missed reading any of our Techtites Daily articles this week, below is a list of what we covered.

September 22 VLC media player (Multimedia Monday)

September 23 DAMN NFO Viewer vs. ViewNFO (Tool Tuesday)

September 24 Automattic acquires IntenseDebate (WordPress Wednesday)

September 25 Creating Custom Labels in Microsoft Word 2007 (Tutorial Thursday)

September 26 Chindogu Clock for Procrastinators (Fun Friday)

September 27 Windows Live Writer Beta (Software Saturday)

Have you liked the articles so far? What would you like to see in the future? Do write in and let us know.

Are you looking to write some articles for us? We’re looking for writers with a flair for technology articles.

Windows Live Writer Beta (Software Saturday)

Last week Microsoft released Windows Live Writer Beta. The release includes added support for video. You can now insert videos from Soapbox and YouTube, as well as upload to them.

Last week Microsoft released Windows Live Writer Beta. The release includes added support for video. You can now insert videos from Soapbox and YouTube, as well as upload to them.

There is a new skin and several more feature enhancements for images, better features to author blogs. You can spell check in several more languages. For me, English is the only language, so not much benefit for me there!

One of the best features I like is the ability to add categories directly to my WordPress blog with search and type-down filtering.

Windows Live Writer Beta

Give it a shot, if you haven’t already. What do you like about this version? What do you hate about it?

Download Windows Live Writer Beta

Chindogu Clock for Procrastinators (Fun Friday)

This one is for all you persons who never begin a job on time. Yes, we are all guilty of the same. One method is to set your clock faster by a few minutes.

This one is for all you persons who never begin a job on time. Yes, we are all guilty of the same.

One method is to set your clock faster by a few minutes. However, after sometime you realize that your clock is actually fast and mentally calculate the same and leave that many minutes later!

In short, there goes the reliability.

And, that is where the Procrastinator’s Clock. It’s guaranteed to be up to 15 minutes fast.

It’s guaranteed to be up to 15 minutes fast. However, it also speeds up and slows down in an unpredictable manner so you can’t be sure how fast it really is. Furthermore, the clock is guaranteed to not be slow, assuming your computer clock is synchronized with NTP.

Web Version
PC Executable (ProcrastinatorsClockPC.zip)
Mac Executable (ProcrastinatorsClockMac.zip)

Creating Custom Labels in Microsoft Word 2007 (Tutorial Thursday)

Last year, as part of our admissions team duties, we were required to send out prospectus to students all over India. These ranged from a minimum of fifty envelopes to over 150 at a time. During a promotion campaign we printed around 90,000 labels!

Last year, as part of our admissions team duties, we were required to send out prospectus to students all over India. These ranged from a minimum of fifty envelopes to over 150 at a time. During a promotion campaign we printed around 90,000 labels!

Given the sheer number of labels to be printed, we decided to automate the same using label merge. In this tutorial, I’ll run you through creating a custom label, and then in a future tutorial teach you how to use it.

Microsoft Word comes inbuilt with tonnes of labels ready for you to use. However, as part of our requirement we needed to create three types of custom labels, viz. MPL12, MPL21 and MPL65. I believe it is a local make. The first has 12 labels on a single sheet, the second has 21 and the third has 65.

The manufacturer specifies all the dimensions needed to be fed into Word, so making the labels is a piece of cake.

To create a custom label, go to the Mailings tab in Microsoft Word 2007 and hit Labels.

Mailings ... Labels

In the Envelopes and Labels window that opens hit the Options button.

Envelopes and Labels

In the Label Options window that comes up, hit the New Label button.

Label Options

This is the final step in creating the custom label.

Label Details

In the label details window enter in the dimensions as specified by your label vendor. The above screenshot shows you the dimensions of MPL12. Word gives you a picture with a description of each of the settings, so you can always measure the label with a ruler and enter in those values. In fact, that is exactly what I did the first time I created the label as a double check.

Hit OK on the windows that follow. Your label will be available in the Label Options window above under Label Vendors > Other/Custom.

As I mentioned earlier, in a future tutorial, I’ll go through using this custom label in label merging.

Automattic acquires IntenseDebate (WordPress Wednesday)

In an announcement on their blog, Intense Debate stated that they have been acquired by Automattic. IntenseDebate is a comment system that enhances and encourages discussion on your blog or website. This is done via comment threading, replying via email and an ability to import and export comments.

intensedebate + Automattic

In an announcement on their blog, Intense Debate stated that they have been acquired by Automattic.

IntenseDebate is a comment system that enhances and encourages discussion on your blog or website. This is done via comment threading, replying via email and an ability to import and export comments.

What’s in store for us users?

Automattic plans on keeping IntenseDebate an independent entity as was in the case of Gravatar. Which means that even non-WordPress users have an opportunity of using the service.

Currently IntenseDebate has been converted to a private beta by invitation only. I’ve applied. Should be interesting to see how it goes.

Comments has always been a problem with WordPress and just about any other blogging system. Of late it has just gotten worse.

Will IntenseDebate become an integral part of WordPress? It is a good possibility, just has Gravatar and Akismet come bundled in WordPress. I am pretty sure that it will become a part of WordPress.com first.

Matt has already revealed what plans are in store for IntenseDebate. I’d love to see some of the features being implemented, especially the threaded comments and more importantly the moderation via email and replies to comments via email.

What do you think about this acquisition?

Google advertises Chrome in Orkut

Logged into Orkut today and found this beautiful message on my homepage. Seems like Google is going all out in making Chrome a maximum used browser. We’ve really seen the way Google promotes its products, especially on the homepage itself.

Logged into Orkut today and found this beautiful message on my homepage.

Google advertises Chrome in Orkut

Seems like Google is going all out in making Chrome a maximum used browser. We’ve really seen the way Google promotes its products, especially on the homepage itself.

I’m still waiting for Chrome to support addons.

DAMN NFO Viewer vs. ViewNFO (Tool Tuesday)

.nfo (also written .NFO or NFO, a contraction of “info”, or “information”) is a commonly used three-letter filename extension of ASCII or extended ASCII text files that accompany other files and contain information about them.

.nfo (also written .NFO or NFO, a contraction of “info”, or “information”) is a commonly used three-letter filename extension of ASCII or extended ASCII text files that accompany other files and contain information about them. Such NFO files can be viewed with text editors or dedicated NFO viewers.

Two such viewers are DAMN NFO Viewer and ViewNFO.

I’ve been using DAMN NFO viewer for several years now. The site has gone dead. The software is now hosted by SoftPedia 🙂

Came across ViewNFO which performs the exact same function. The interface is a bit more classy with several skins. However, it is a 2.28MB package as compared to DAMN NFO which is one-tenth its size.

The interface of both software can be customized as per your wish. The screenshots below give you the default configuration.

DAMN NFO Viewer ViewNFO

Needless to say, I’ll be continuing to use DAMN NFO Viewer.

Download DAMN NFO Viewer
Download ViewNFO

I’m a PC

Apple’s Ads where an attempt to portray to users that Mac is the cool operating system used by cool people, while Windows is for … Now, the new I’m a PC advertisements are online. The ads don’t talk about the operating system or what Microsoft is about.

Apple’s Ads where an attempt to portray to users that Mac is the cool operating system used by cool people, while Windows is for …

Now, the new I’m a PC advertisements are online. The ads don’t talk about the operating system or what Microsoft is about. However, they do portray something real. As one person says, “I’m a PC and I am a Human Being”.

I’ve been using Windows all my life now and I can very well identify with several of the people.

Anyway, below are the three ads:


URL: Watch Ad 1 on YouTube.com


URL: Watch Ad 2 on YouTube.com


URL: Watch Ad 3 on YouTube.com

Via: Techcrunch