Tuesday, 16 August 2011

How To Add Defragment Option to the Right-Click Menu for a Drive











After
writing the article last week about how to add Disk Cleanup to the
context menu for a drive, I received several requests for how to add
another menu item for Defrag instead. With a simple registry hack we
can do just that.




After manually applying or downloading the hack, you’ll have a new item on the right-click menu for your drives…




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Which will start up the command-line version of Disk Defragmenter (after accepting the UAC prompt)








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Manual Registry Hack




Open up regedit.exe through the start menu search or run box, and then browse down to the following key:



HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell




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Create a new key under shell
called “runas”, and then set the (Default) value to “Defragment”. If
you want to hide this menu item behind the Shift key right-click menu,
then

add a new string called Extended with no value.








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Next, you’ll need to create a
key called “command” and set the default value to the following, which
is the command to run defrag with the default options but show verbose
output.



defrag %1 -v




You can alternately choose from one of the other defrag switches here if you’d like.








Downloadable Registry Hack








Simply download, extract, and
double-click on either AddDefragToDriveMenu.reg (for the regular menu)
or AddDefragToExtendedDriveMenu.reg (to hide behind the Shift key).
There’s also an included removal script that will remove either one.









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