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Contig 1.7

Defragment specific files or folders with this command line tool

by Mike Williams

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Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 19 November 2012
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Developer: Windows Sysinternals
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Contig 1.7
Defragment specific files or folders with this command line tool

If you want to optimize the performance of a game, or some other disk-intensive application, then you might try defragmenting your hard drive. But this can take a while as most defraggers want to process your entire partition. And there's no guarantee it will defragment any specific files or folders, anyway (many defraggers will leave a few fragmented files behind when they're done).

Contig, by contrast, is a simple command line disk defrag tool which optimizes the layout of only the files you specify. So if you use something like

Contig.exe c:\game\executable.exe   or   Contig.exe c:\important\*.*

then you can be sure the program will work on those files, and those files only. And nothing will be forgotten - they'll all be defragmented.

The program won't necessarily be for everyone. There are no sophisticated layout options to define exactly where individual files should be placed, for instance. And we found Contig to be quite slow (it might sometimes be quicker to use a good GUI-based defragger, even if it is working on your full drive).

Contig does have a useful set of command line switches, though. And the program can even analyze and defragment key NTFS structures such as $Mft, making it potentially very useful to experienced PC users who would like a little more control over their drive defragmentation.

Verdict:

A slow, but still useful single file defrag tool

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