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Is Disk Defragmentation Really Worthwhile? You Bet!
Defragmentation - Does It Really Improve Your PC's Performance?
by Howard Sobel
There seems to be a lot of controversy about whether defragmenting your hard disk really improves performance. I've read articles in computer mags or blogs that seem to play down the importance of defragmenting your hard disk particularly if you have a more modern faster PC! I’ve been using both old and new PC’s and testing hundreds if not thousands of software products each year personally. I need to test each app we promote for WUGNET’s downloads to see if it meets WUGNET’s high standards, contains no spyware, and performs as promised by the vendor so we don’t disappoint the folks who rely on us to guide them to software that works well.
When you download hundreds of files, and do the kind of work I do you end up with an incredibly defragmented hard disk over time. I admit I am not the “average” computer user. Over the years, I’ve used the leading defragmentation programs including Diskeeper and Raxco's Perfectdisk as well as the native built in defragmentation tool that comes with Windows. If you’ve used the native Windows tool you’ve probably don’t have time to get into the defrag habit which leads me to the next point. The 3rd party Defrag apps available from other vendors try to improve the speed and performance and features of defragers since that’s how they earn their keep. Over the past few years it seems two companies have been making consistent speed improvements in the algorithms that increased the speed of defragmentation. Diskeeper and Raxco. Diskeeper is a long time player whose main focus is large corporations who really need to save time and money. This is where the money is and it’s also where the payoff is huge in terms of a green product. Diskeeper’s revolutionary “stop defrag before it happens” qualifies it as a green product because it reduces disk drive wear (possibly extending life of drive before it goes into the recycle heap) and also reduces energy consumption by making drives more efficient. This seems to be missed by the mainstream computer media.
I recently installed Diskeeper 2010 and I am a firm believer. Diskeeper does more than up the bar by providing fantastic speed gain on defragmentation. It STOPS defragmentation dead in its tracks before it ever happens. Diskeeper claims the following benefits for Diskeeper Pro:
Prevents up to 85% of fragmentation from ever happening.
Dramatically improves Windows® system performance.
Increases file read and write speeds.
Greatly reduces drive wear.
Reduces energy consumption and system cooling requirements.
Allows for faster antivirus and spyware scans.
Increases system speed and efficiency.
Increased file access speeds by up to 80% with I-FAAST® file optimization technology
Don't be a victim of defrag rage:)!
So far, I can attest to all but the bench marks for I-FAAST or measuring accurately energy consumption which I couldn't test. I assume there is an energy benefit since the hard drive is more efficient. But who cares? For home users Diskeeper Home at $39.95 is a must have utility. Try it yourself and let us know what you think at email@example.com.
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