Puran Defrag v7.7.1

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Puran Defrag is the free defrag utility from Puran Software, the same developers of Puran File Recovery, one of my favorite free data recovery tools.

You're able to use Puran Defrag to defragment multiple hard drives when your computer goes idle. Advanced scheduling options are also available like defragging just free space or prioritizing your files for quicker access.

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Note: This review is of Puran Defrag version 7.7.1, released on June 15, 2016.

Please let me know if there's a newer version I need to review.

More About Puran Defrag

  • Windows 10Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 users can install Puran Defrag, in both 32-bit or 64-bit versions
  • PIOZR (Puran Intelligent Optimizer) is a feature in Puran Defrag that moves commonly-accessed files to the edge of the hard drive for quicker access
  • Puran Defrag can schedule a boot-time defrag, which will defrag locked data like the Windows Registry, pagefile, and MFT entries. It can also optionally check a drive for errors
  • Advanced disk defrag options are available in Puran Defrag when scheduling a defragment on any attached hard drive

Puran Defrag Pros & Cons

There are many things to like about Puran Defrag:

Pros:

  • Small installer size
  • Can defrag files and folders from the right-click context menu
  • Supports boot time defragmenting
  • Analyze more than one drive at once
  • Optionally shut down after a defrag
  • Run a defrag with low priority
  • Automatically remove temporary Windows files to speed up a defrag
  • Custom option to remove any file on the computer when a defrag is launched
  • Supports idle defrags
  • Exclude files from a defrag by location and/or size

Cons:

  • No portable option
  • Only shows the top ten fragmented files after an analysis
  • Results of an analysis is hard to read
  • Can only schedule a free space defrag (can not run it manually)
  • Tries to install additional software during setup

Advanced Scheduling

I really like the scheduling options in Puran Defrag. As I said above, you can schedule a boot-time defrag and a regular disk defrag. A schedule can be created not only for the hard drive that has Windows installed, but also any attached ones, like USB drives.

The following are the types of defrags that Puran Defrag allows to run during a schedule (for both regular and boot time defrags), and each can be run independently of or in conjunction with the others:

  • Fill Gaps: This is what Puran Defrag calls a regular defrag, where gaps that are found on a disk will be gathered together into a continuous block, thus reducing fragmentation and speeding up disk access.
  • Optimize Directories: NTFS drives can have their folders moved to the quicker part of a disk so they are able to be accessed faster than files. Because most people open folders before they open files, and thus open more folders than files, this option can help speed of directory access.
  • Free Space: As I mentioned above, only a scheduled process can run a defrag against free space on a drive. This option only works for the drive that Windows is installed to.
  • Fast PIOZR: The most commonly used files are moved to the faster part of the disk if this option is chosen. This is a bit like the Optimize Directories option but includes files instead of folders.
  • Exclude Files: When checked, this option will activate the list of files you've chosen to exclude from a defrag via the Additional Operations screen in Puran Defrag.
  • Delete Files: Similar to the previous setting, when selected, the list of files that are chosen to be removed during a defrag (from the Additional Operations screen) will be deleted.
  • Exclude Files (by size): Enter a minimum and maximum size in megabytes to exclude files from a defrag that match that criteria.

    My Thoughts on Puran Defrag

    As is probably obvious, I really like the scheduling function in Puran Defrag; it's very detailed and great for skipping things you don't wish to defrag.

    For a defrag program to include idle scanning as an option is definitely appreciated. I find this particular feature very useful for those of us that wish not to have memory and CPU degradation during a disk defrag.

    Something I found not so beneficial is the results page after an analysis is run. You have to scroll through the results and read them in text form to see how much of a drive is fragmented, which is definitely different than the easily-readable summarized results found in Defraggler. Also, the results only show the top ten fragmented files, whereas programs like Smart Defrag show you every single file on the drive that contains fragments.

    During setup, Puran Defrag does the common, yet annoying, task of trying to install another program along with it. You can easily bypass this with the Decline button.

    Something else that keeps me at a distance with Puran Defrag is simply that it doesn't look very appealing. The options seem to be oddly positioned and just not very inviting when I use it.

    Overall, when considering features such as boot time and idle defragmenting, advanced scheduling, and context-menu integration, Puran Defrag turns out to be a fine program.

    Download Puran Defrag v7.7.1

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