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OS 10.4 - Defragmenting drive

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Now, I realize that this might become a heated topic as some people swear that they have seen results in system speed after defragmenting their drive, but which software could be used to best perform this? Are there any free softwares that do a good job? Is it better to pay for a certain spftware that does an excellent job?

I know that tiger does some form of this, but to my understanding it only automatically optimizes files that are less than a certain size (I believe 20MB). Please explain your personal preference, not just a "blah-blah" sucks.
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I tried get on the defragmenting band wagon a while ago. Problem was that it's a PITA to do. Most programs want you to boot up from a different disk then run their program.

There is software called DriveGenius that gets a lot of good ratings, but I can't justify the price.
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Defragmenting is simply not necessary under OS X.

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My personal preference, without giving any attention to that doc provided above, is iDefrag. I can honestly say that I felt an amazing speed difference after running iDefrag. It is made by Coriolis software.

And as a solid proof that it actually does something: A friend's macbook HD had about 25GB of free space. Wanted to install XP via bootcamp. But the bootcamp assistant kept on giving the "Cannot move data" message after trying to partition the disk. Then I ran iDefrag, and it worked without any problems.
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