Windows comes with a defragment utility, but its not as powerful as the free OptimalDisk Basic in optimizing and defragmenting your hard disks. OptimalDisk basic can optimize and defrag not only your hard disks, but also individual folders and files. It claims to turn your slow aging hard disk into a faster hard disk just like the day you bought it.
You can download OptimalDisk Basic from the appsmaker website. The download is a setup installer of around ten megabytes. After the installation, you can launch it from its desktop shortcut. You can also find its shortcut in the Start Menu or in the Windows 8 Search Charm. Its main window shows a list of all your hard disk partitions. You can select one or more of the partitions and click on the Check Disk button to check the disk for any possible problems.
The Check Disk function allows you to detect for any file system errors and bad sectors. It can automatically restore and move data from bad sectors into healthy sectors, so that you do not lose anymore data because of the bad sectors.
Similarly, defragmentation is very easy to do. Just select one or more hard disk partitions, folders or files, and then click on the button labeled Defragment. You can select either to optimize hard disk or just defragment the hard disk. Defragmentation of a file or folder is very quick and finishes in a few seconds. On the other hand, the defragmentation of a hard disk partition takes a while. You can see the progress of defragmentation process in the window. In the end, a report is shown about which files were defragmented, how many fragments were present before and how many are present after the defragmentation, the defragmentation percetange and more.
In addition to these basic features of checking hard disks and defragmenting, OptimalDisk also has a benchmarking utility. Using this benchmarking utility, you can benchmark your hard disks. It can stress your hard disk and find out its maximum access rate, burst rate and average reading rate. You can also copy the benchmark data to clipboard so that you can share it with friends or computer experts over social networks or through email. It is recommended that you do not run benchmark on an aging hard disk, but only on newer hard disks.
The appsmaker OptimalDisk Basic is a freeware that offers advanced defragmentation and hard disk error checking features to all Windows users. If you want to have more features then you can get the paid Pro edition of OptimalDisk. The Pro edition has even more advanced features like scheduling of defragmentation, background defragmentation during the regular computer use, hard disk health monitor, premium support through phone and more.
You can download OptimalDisk Basic from http://www.appsmaker.com/.