By Terry Currier
The defrag that comes with Windows works okay, but is slow. Plus with Vista or Windows 7 I don’t get a visual of what it is doing so I don’t know how long it will take. I just get the message that it can take minutes or hours. Enter Diskeeper to speed up the job and I can see what it is doing.
With the new 2010 there is a new feature they call IntelliWrite technology to prevent fragmentation even before it begins. I will tell you that I tried it first my main computer with XP. It has RAID 0 on it (not my choice), but something was wrong with its compatibility. It kept accessing the drive, and it was not the IntelliWrite. When I was trying to find the reason I turned it off. It still happened. I thought I had an answer in taking out System Mechanic. It did work for a while, but still came back. How do I know it was Diskeeper? Well when I did brought up Task Manager and ended that process it stopped each time. I did a search to see if anyone reported such a problem, but no one did, and there was only praise of Diskeeper.
Now when I switched it over to my other computer with Windows 7, no problems. It is running smooth and I even have the IntelliWrite feature turned on. After recording a TV show in HD (10Gb file) and then deleting I like go in and defrag that large gap.
The three main features:
Other features of Diskeeper include:
Paging File Defragmentation — defragments the paging file. You can help maintain peak Windows performance, and help Diskeeper run better at the same time.
Master File Table (MFT) Defragmentation — defragments the Master File Table (MFT). The MFT is used by the NTFS file system to locate files on a volume, so fragmentation of the MFT slows the retrieval of files on the disk, whether these files themselves are fragmented or not. Defragmenting the MFT will improve the overall performance of the volume.
If you scroll down on Diskeeper you will see more information. The Dashboard tab displays details about Fragmentation Prevention and Automatic Defragmentation, the health of your volumes, the idle resources that Diskeeper uses to accelerate volume performance, and other useful defragmentation information. The Dashboard tab includes these sections:
System Improvement - This section of the Dashboard tab relates to your entire system and shows the percentage of improvement Diskeeper has provided in file read and write access time since the previous day.
IntelliWrite™ Fragmentation Prevention - This section of the Dashboard tab explains that IntelliWrite increases system performance by preventing fragmentation before it happens.
System Fragmentation Prevention Graph - This section of the Dashboard tab shows system fragmentation prevented by IntelliWrite in real-time. In the graph, fragmentation prevented every second, within the last minute, for your entire system, is displayed in green. The scale on the left side of the graph pertains to the number of fragments that have been prevented and the scale along the top of the graph pertains to the seconds in the last minute.
Statistical Information for Selected Volume(s) Since the Previous Day - This section of the Dashboard tab shows statistical information for selected volume(s) since the previous day. The columns of the table include the name of the selected volume(s), whether or not IntelliWrite and Automatic Defragmentation are enabled, the number of fragments prevented, the number of fragments eliminated and file read/write time % improvement.
Volume Health and Recommendations - This section of the Dashboard tab includes an evaluation of the overall health of the volume, the reasons for that rating, and recommendations for improving or maintaining the reliability of the volume.
Automatic and Manual Defragmentation Status - This section of the Dashboard tab shows when either Automatic Defragmentation with InvisiTasking® technology or Manual Defragmentation are active on any volume on this computer. When the indicator light is green Diskeeper is actively processing files on one or more volumes.
Idle Resources used by Diskeeper - This section of the Dashboard tab shows the idle resources available, the idle resources used by Diskeeper for both Automatic and Manual Defragmentation, and the resources used by other process on the computer. This graph clearly illustrates how Diskeeper I-FAAST Performance Gains and Throughput Rates
Displayed only on Diskeeper editions that include I-FAAST®, Intelligent File Access Acceleration Sequencing Technology feature, this section of the Dashboard tab provides statistical information about I-FAAST Defragmentation Jobs and the related performance improvement. The values shown in this section are based on measurements taken during I-FAAST processing, and they show the potential performance gain you can expect from the selected volume, as well as the actual measured throughput rates for the volume.
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