I have a Windows XP VirtualPC machine with a virtual hard disk. It's a dynamic disk, which means it expands as needed.
Right now it's about 13.8GB, mostly because I've done a bunch of stuff to it.
There's really only about 9GB of stuff on there, less when I clean it up a bit more.
I tried to defragment the disk using the built-in defragmenter for XP and it shows an enormous gap in the layout of the disk - probably all that stuff I removed.
However, after defragmenting the giant gap is still there, although obviously some defragmenting did occur.
My thinking is - if I could get this disk to really defragment completely then I could compact the image and get that filesize back. And since the end goal is to distribute this to some coworkers, that would be a big plus.
So - are there any free defragmenting tools which do a thorough job?