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Diskeeper Keeps Disk(s) Healthy

If I came into your home and ransacked your filing cabinet and scattered your files all over your house …what would you do?

It would probably take you several hours to organize and put everything back in its rightful place. If it takes you hours for a few files, how long do you think it takes your computer? If a computers file system is real similar to your filing cabinet, how do you know it’s even putting the files back in the right spot?

Disk fragmentation happens on all hard drives from the old, and small, 500MB drives to very large 1 Terabyte drives. Disk fragmentation occurs when files are accessed, used in memory and then returned back to the hard drive. However, the file(s) is not always put back in the same spot and is spread across many clusters, thus becoming fragmented. When fragmentation occurs, it takes longer and longer for the OS to find and execute each file, thus gradually degrading your systems performance and minimizes the effective life of your hard drive. If a file is fragmented in to 200 pieces, it will take 200 times longer to access, it it’s fragmented into 500,000 pieces it will take 500,000 times longer. Got it?

Defrag So Critical To Computer Gamers

That’s why disk defragmentation is so critical to computer gamers. Most of the best games like Unreal Tournament, DeusEx, Far Cry, Half-Life and Doom 3 require a huge number of files to run, some 300 – 500MB and more!. Just think if just 3 of those files from your latest release of Doom 3 were to become fragmented into 500,000 pieces during 6 hrs of game play – that will add up to some serious performance degradation.

Norton

Windows has always included some form of basic disk defragmentation utility whether it is in the traditional Windows 3 or 95, or the FAT32 system of Windows 98 or the NTFS system in current versions. But, it was just that – basic and not very good and couldn’t be run if any resource was active in the background. Most folks turned to a third party application like Norton Speed Disk.

Diskeeper Keeps Disk(s) Healthy

Norton Utilities (Symantec) had Norton Speed Disk which is still available in some form. This was a very good and fast defragmentation utility until about when Windows 2000 and eventually Windows XP came out. Even though Windows XP has a much improved defrag utility, it’s nothing like what’s on the market today.

Swear By It

Diskeeper 8.0 is the utility to own to keep your disk(s) healthy and defragmented. Diskeeper by Execute Software is the most purchased defragmenter ever built. Not sure if that includes all the versions of Windows that it’s installed in or not. What’s interesting to note is that Executive Software (Craig Jensen) created the disk defragmentation utility for Windows NT & 2000 and makes more money selling its full-blown version called Diskeeper which maybe should be included in Windows in the first place. …I bet it will be in the next version of Windows (Longhorn). But for now you need the best utility out there for disk defragmentation and what guru software developer would know better than the creator of the disk defragmenter in Windows and his development of Diskeeper 8.0 – Craig Jensen.

Not For Linux

By the way, if you use Linux you really don’t need to defrag your drive(s). Linux file system named ext3 fragments very little by its very design. …ok, theres a plug for you Linux fans.

One More Fragment Before I Go…

Oh, one more thing. The best thing about Diskeeper Pro is its ability for boot-time defragmentation. During boot-time is the only time a defragmentation utility has exclusive access to the paging file, swap file and the Master File Table. Since these features are constantly accessed during normal computer operation, it’s highly critical for these areas to be defragmented regularly.