Defragmenting a folder or file with Defraggler

Defraggler is unique in that it lets you defrag folders or files, rather than having to defrag an entire drive. This is very useful if you're using a single file frequently that gets fragmented often. For example, you may use Microsoft Outlook and have a PST (Personal Folder File) for your emails, tasks, and contacts. Or, you may use a contact management application and work with a single database file.

Defraggler lets you easily select a folder, a file, or multiple files to defrag, saving you time.

To defragment a folder:

  1. In the Defraggler main window, select Action, and then select Defrag Folder...
  2. In the Browse for Folder dialog box, browse to and select the folder to defragment.
  3. Click OK.

NOTE: Defraggler will also defragment files in any subfolders in the selected folder.

NOTE: You don't have to run the whole application to check the fragmentation level or to defragment the file/folder. You can do this from the context menu of the file or folder. To learn more about this, go to Defraggler Shell extension.

To defragment a single file:

  1. In the Defraggler main window, select Action, and then select Defrag File...
  2. In the Select a file to defrag dialog box, browse to and select the file to defragment.
  3. Click OK.

To defragment multiple files:

  1. Run the Analyze process on the drive where the folders are located by selecting the drive and then clicking the Analyze button.
  2. Click the View files... button or click the File list tab.
  3. Select the check boxes next to the files you want to defragment. You can sort the file list by file name, number of fragments, size, and path by clicking the headers for the columns. Files marked as [Folder Entry] are special index files NTFS drives use to identify folders. If you are not an advanced user, you should leave these entries alone.
  4. Click the Defrag Checked button.

NOTE: To exclude certain files or folders generally from defragmentation, see this topic first.

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