Defraggler options - Advanced tab

Enable Shell Extension:

Shell Extensions extend the abilities of Windows Explorer. If this option is enabled, a Defraggler menu will be seen when you right-click on any file or folder. This menu is created by adding a shell extension to the system. For more information, how to use shell extension, go here.

Options window, Advanced tab, Windows integration and Advanced settings.


Replace Windows Disk Defragmenter:

Disk Defragmenter (or Windows Drive Optimizer in more recent versions of Windows) is the standard defrag tool that comes with Microsoft Windows.

Defraggler includes many more features than its built-in counterpart. There’s a quick defrag mode, and a mode to defrag only free space. You can also defrag specific files and folders.

When you check Replace Windows Disk Defragmenter, Defraggler will open instead of Windows Disk Defragmenter.

  1. Check whether Replace Windows Disk Defragmenter option is checked in Settings > Options > Advanced tab and close Defraggler.
  2. Open Windows File Explorer.
  3. Right-click on any hard drive > click Properties > Tools tab. A dialog will appear.  
    Windows (c:) Properties window, Tools tab, Error checking and Optimize and defragment drive options.
  4. Click Optimize or Defragment now... Notice that main window of Defragggler appears.

Minimize to tray:

Allows Defraggler to be minimized to tray. When minimized the following options are available in the Defraggler Tray Menu:

  • Defrag drive – runs a standard defrag on the system drive
  • Quick Defrag drive – runs a quick defrag on the system drive
  • Optimize drive – runs a standard optimize on the system drive
  • Quick optimize drive – runs a quick optimize on the system drive 
  • Close program after Defrag – closes Defraggler after defrag is completed
  • Shutdown after Defrag – shuts down your computer after defrag is completed

NOTE: You will see either the Defrag or Optimize options, depending on whether your system drive is a conventional hard drive or a solid state drive - you will not see both.

Save all settings to INI file:

Advanced users can save all of Defraggler's settings to an external INI file by selecting Save all settings to INI file. This is useful for controlling Defraggler's options through batch files.

Show folder index entries in file list:

NTFS file system uses special index files to identify folders. These files are hidden and contain information such as filenames, creation timestamps etc. These index files are usually located in the MFT (resident). However if the folder contains a large number of files the index file will grow too big to be stored in the MFT and will moved to another location on the hard drive. If these files are moved out of the MFT they can be fragmented just like any other files which may cause performance issues for viewing folders with a large number of files in them.

This option will cause these files to become visible and therefore allows them to be defragged. Please note that sometimes Windows can put a lock on an index file which will prevent the defragmentation process.

Show cleanup drive prompt before defrag:

If this option is enabled, you will be asked whether you want to empty Recycle Bin before defragging. You can also turn off the display of the confirmation box.

Cache analysis data of multiple drives:

Remembers the analysis data of all analyzed disks. You can analyze more than 1 disk and then switch between them to see the results. If this option is unchecked, once you switch to another drive, the analysis results of the previous one are lost. This however means that Defraggler will consume less memory.

Use custom fragmentation settings:

This setting allows you to exclude restore point files or/and hibernation files from defragmentation.

Stop VSS when defragmenting NTFS volume:

This option disables Volume Shadow Copy Service and Volume Snapshot Service whilst defragmentation is running. After defragmentation is complete, VSS is restarted. You can find out more here.

Disable Benchmark After Defrag:

This option prevents Defraggler from running a read speed defrag after completing a defrag, allowing the process to complete a little bit faster.

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