Disk Defragmentation

We told you at the start of the month it was coming, now Perfect Disk 12 SP2 is now available.

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The PerfectDisk 12 Client and Enterprise Console have been updated to Build 285. These latest builds include various bug fixes.

You can “Check For Updates” in the products or wait for Autoupdate.

 

Client fixes:

  • S.M.A.R.T. tab incorrectly displayed some drives (SSDs) which were not supported as well as incorrectly reporting temperature for several drives which should have displayed correctly. These issues were fixed.
  • Default defragmentation methods were changed for drives in a virtual environment. PerfectDisk disabled all defragmentation methods if it could not determine the drive type in a virtual environment. This has been changed.
  • The tray icon incorrectly allowed control of hidden drives. This has been fixed.
  • The S.M.A.R.T. graphs did not follow the user settings for time (24 hour vs 12 hour with AM, PM).
  • The Global Setting dialog threw an error on opening when the Nvidia video driver was installed. This is due to a bug with the nvidia dll (nvsvc64.dll, v7.15.11.7923). PerfectDisk has worked around this issue.
  • Corrected an installation bug. When installing PerfectDisk Server edition, on a computer running the PerfectDisk Enterprise Console, it indicated the installation needed to be to the same folder. This is a hold over from PerfectDisk v11 and is no longer required.
  • After a selected file defragmentation pass from the Most Fragmented files list the list was not refreshed to show the file had been defragged. This has been fixed.
  • File exclusion was not working properly when performing a Defrag Only pass. This has been fixed.

Console fixes:

  • Version 12 allowed connecting to a v11 console database even though this is not supported. v12 Console now blocks this.
  • Summary alert email is now sent in a tabular format to improve usability.
    There was an issue with the license count table, such that the console displayed incorrect license counts. The bug has been fixed, however if there is bad data currently stored in the “installs” table the rows will have to be deleted. They will repopulate on the first synch task.
  • Schedule info for the Synch schedule was not displayed. This has been fixed.
  • Control of the Optiwrite settings from the Console Configuration Profile did not work for Windows XP clients. This was because the driver (PDFsFilter.sys) cannot be stopped on Windows XP due to operating system limitations. This was fixed.
  • An enhancement was made to the Console data base configuration to allow reusing an existing logon.
  • Self diagnostic dropped PING, since this routinely failed and is not used as a communication port, so is meaningless.

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Raxco have just announced via Twitter that SP2 (service pack 2) for their PerfectDisk 12 product will be released next week.

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PerfectDisk 12 has only been out a month, so that’s pretty quick to get a service pack out.

More news next week when its released.

Here is what they tweeted:

PerfectDisk 12 Service Pack (SP) 2 planned for next week; in test now.

I spoke with Raxco and they told me that SP2 is pretty much just bug fixes. So watch this space to see just what it covers.

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Last week we told you that PerfectDisk 12 was about to get a service pack. Well today they have released the updates, taking it to Service Pack 1 (build 275).

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The PerfectDisk 12 Client and Enterprise Console have been updated to Build 275. These latest builds include various bug fixes.

You can “Check For Updates” in the products or wait for Autoupdate.

Client fixes:

  • There were several issues where the S.M.A.R.T. tab indicated outrageously high temperatures. This was due to PerfectDisk not recognizing the drive model and trying to apply an incorrect set of rules to interpret the S.M.A.R.T. data. In this build PerfectDisk will only provide S.M.A.R.T. data for drives in recognizes. More drives will be added in later service packs.
  • Real time defragmentation aggressively allocated space to prevent additional fragmentation. This resulted in consuming large amounts of space unnecessarily. The main symptom was rapidly growing log files. This has been corrected.
  • On some Windows XP systems the drives were grayed out and PerfectDisk could not be used. This was due an issue with WMI which has been corrected.
  • On Windows 7, the hidden 100mb partition created to support bitlocker has been added to the excluded drives list automatically. There is no benefit in defragmenting this partition.
  • Multiple text changes were made to maintain the PerfectDisk consistent with the PerfectDisk Console.
  • When enabling or disabling the SMART feature, the PerfectDisk GUI did not reflect the changes until you closed and reopened the GUI. This has been fixed.
  • There was a bug in displaying the MFT statistics. Text was inserted where numerical values should have been. This has been corrected.
  • When SMART polling occurred, the SMART Tab refocused to the first disk in the list. This has been fixed to leave focus on whatever disk was selected.
  • When entering a license key the Help menu still allowed you to reenter it. This has been fixed.
  • When right clicking on a file in the Most Fragmented Files list, and choosing to open the folder you would get an error if the file path contained a space. This has been fixed.
  • Ability to set partitions as Thin Provisioned has been removed from the PerfectDisk consumer product line. This feature is for corporate thin provisioned SAN environments.
  • There was a bug in the VMware Host product which caused the GUI to crash when performing an offline defrag on a virtual volume. The crash was in the PerfectDisk GUI and did not affect the virtual volume. This has been fixed.
  • Data retention rules were added to prevent the log file growing too large. Before Service Pack 1, all alerts were saved. Now Alerts are saved for two weeks and then purged.
  • During a defrag pass, the hibernate file is temporarily removed to free up space to improve defrag performance. If the computer was shutdown during a defrag pass or when a defrag pass was PAUSED, the hibernate file was not restored. This has been fixed.
  • Additional information was added to the log when performing a Zero Fill pass (Server product only).
  • Some of the Alerts had the incorrect text. The Alert indicated you had exceeded a threshold when it should have indicated you dropped below the threshold value. values were also being incorrectly flagged as alerts when they were not. These have been fixed.
  • S.M.A.R.T. temperature graph appeared to be out of date. This was due to only graphing 1000 data points, where there could have been up to 44,600. This has been fixed.
  • After an Analyze pass, PerfectDisk made a recommendation on what type of defragmentation pass was needed and allowed you to start that pass right away. There was a bug which caused PerfectDisk to start the default defrag pass not the currently recommended. This has been fixed

Console fixes:

  • Functionality to ignoring console alerts was broken (Error interface not registered). This has been corrected.
  • The PerfectDisk Console allowed more than one managed group to have the same name. This has been corrected.
  • Multiple text changes were made to maintain the PerfectDisk Console consistent with PerfectDisk.
  • Alert and Warning icons were incorrect. This has been corrected.
  • Manual synching of the PerfectDisk 12 clients is handled differently then in PerfectDisk 11. In PerfectDisk 12, the client initiated the synch. In PerfectDisk 11 the Console initiated the synch. This caused issues when manually synchronizing from the Console to v12 clients. The v12 Console was upgraded to allow manually synchronizing with v12 clients.
  • Computer Description was incorrect. It displayed the Computer Name not the description. Description has been removed.
  • Synch schedules were displayed as DAILY even though they were WEEKLY schedule types. This has been fixed.
  • There was some cutoff text on the Reporting Tab. This has been fixed.
  • The offline help check box was removed as there is no offline help for the console. Last defragged date was inconsistent between the Client and the Console. This has been corrected.

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Raxco have just announced via their blog that SP1 (service pack 1) for their PerfectDisk 12 product will be released next week.

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PerfectDisk 12 has only been out a month, so that’s pretty quick to get a service pack out.

More news next week when its released.

Here is what they posted:

PerfectDisk 12 Introduced extensive changes and enhancements. As always with new versions, the focus was on the core issue of defragmentation and optimization. And also, as we have sometimes done in the past, we introduced new functionality that, while not directly involving disk defragmentation, is related to drive performance and/or overall drive health.

The new OptiWrite fragmentation prevention technology involved major changes to the engine that also met the goal of minimizing free space fragmentation in this new process, which no other solution provides. Other engine changes were made to improve fragmentation speed, improve the boot time defrag process, and more.

PerfectDisk continues to serve a wide range of users, from millions of home consumers and home offices, to small business, to large enterprises that include some of the largest multi-national corporations in the world. As the IT, performance and storage markets undergo continuing evolution, we strive to meet the ongoing needs of those that desire and require defragmentation and optimization to achieve and maintain the best possible drive and system performance. There is an ever-growing set of users that have needs above and beyond the core defragmentation of the NTFS file system. Thus, our specialized solutions for vSphere, Hyper-V, Exchange, Windows Home Server, et al.

Many of our home users (and some of our business users too) simply install PerfectDisk, set it up once, and never worry about it or think about it again. Others do more with it and the various tools and options available. They know that PerfectDisk can provide more information and flexibility to perform and report on their drives and files. With this in mind and at the request of numerous users over the years, we provided S.M.A.R.T. monitoring capabilities with PerfectDisk 12 that we have had very positive feedback on. Many users told us “it’s about time!” There is also a subset of users who, as mentioned earlier, have no interest in this type of extra capability. We understand this, and for them, PerfectDisk can still simply do its main mission – boost drive and system performance.

And there are also users who think the S.M.A.R.T. data is a great idea, but don’t appreciate (rightly so), the outrageously high temperatures they see on their PerfectDisk 12 S.M.A.R.T. tab. These high temperature listings were due to PerfectDisk not recognizing the drive model and trying to apply an incorrect set of rules to interpret the S.M.A.R.T. data. For these models, we goofed on how we acted on the data.

With PerfectDisk 12 Service Pack 1, PerfectDisk will only provide S.M.A.R.T. data for drives and models it recognizes. We are going to be adding more drives and models over time, in later service packs, so that only accurate information will be provided. This will eliminate the high temperature displays. However, for those models we have not yet incorporated into the PerfectDisk engine, accurate temperatures will still not be displayed; but erroneous information will not be displayed either.

Going forward, we are committed to continuing to provide the best defrag and optimization tool for PCs and servers in both physical and virtual environments. At the same time, we will also look to offer additional innovative tools for those users that desire them. As we evolve, you can also look for us to differentiate our product line so that it is easier for users to choose and use the offerings that make the most sense for them, with the ability to bypass features that are not important to them.

PerfectDisk 12 Service Pack 1 arrives next week. More changes and improvements to PerfectDisk 12 are in the works.

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Earlier in the week we announced the release of PerfectDisk 12, including the Windows Home Server versions. We then reviewed the Windows Home Server 2011 version. Here we review PerfectDisk 12 Home Server for Windows Home Server V1.

UWHS Review - PerfectDisk 12 Home Server for Windows Home Server V1

● Maximize streaming media performance
● Reduce back-up times
● Eliminate hard drive fragmentation
● Completely consolidate free space
● Bundles include PerfectDisk Professional for connected PCs

The main thing to note about PerfectDisk 12 Home Server for Windows Home Server V1 verses the Windows Home Server 2011 version is that the software is integrated into the Dashboard of WHS V1 (which is what you would expect of a WHS add-in). With Windows Home Server 2011. the PD12 application is a completely separate application so can only be accessed directly or via remote desktop. While this isn’t a major issue, it is just one more step to go through, so I am happy to see that it is integrated into V1!

Who Are Raxco?

From their website:

For over 30 years Raxco Software has developed award-winning defragmentation solutions and performance utilities that improve hard drive and server performance, simplify system administration and help our customers work more efficiently –at home and at the office.

Raxco has consistently been the first to support and receive certification on the latest Windows versions, including Windows 7, Vista, Windows Server 2008, and more. PerfectDisk’s innovations, such as the patented OptiWrite fragmentation prevention, patented SMARTPlacement optimization, Virtual Aware defragmentation for VMware’s vSphere/ESX Server and Microsoft’s Hyper-V, total free space consolidation, large drive support, Active Directory integration, single-pass defrag, and proactive enterprise console alerting and warning, continue to set the bar for the defrag market.

Why Do I Need It?

You might ask yourself why you would want to buy disk defragmentation software. Well the answer is that you may not want to. What do I mean by that? Well, put simply it is a matter of personal preference. Disk defragmentation software is one of those topics that often gets one of two similar responses – either “I must have it” or “I don’t want or need it”.

Personally I must have it. If you don’t know why you might want it, put simply, as files are stored, moved, deleted, updated and so on, over time they can be potentially stored on different areas of the disk rather than in a single block. This is called disk fragmentation. There could be thousands of parts of files scattered all over the disks on your home server. What this means is that it takes longer to read and write those files than it would do if they were all in the same place. That annoying delay waiting for that Word document to open? Could be disk fragmentation.

This is where disk defragmentation software comes into play. The software examines the disk and all of your files, figures out where the parts of the files physically on your drives are and attempts to move them together to make things run faster and smoother. This is a good thing – just imagine having hundreds of gigabytes of files scattered all over the disk.

What’s New?

Preconfigured to automatically optimize your digital life.

Optimize your entire Home Server environment so you can access your photos, music and videos quickly. PerfectDisk 12 Home Server speeds up processing times so your Home Server always runs like new.

Fragmentation Prevention with OptiWrite™

PerfectDisk’s new OptiWrite™ technology prevents most fragmentation on your drive before it occurs, which prevents your system from slowing down. OptiWrite™ detects when Windows is going to fragment files and intelligently redirects I/O to stop the fragmentation from occuring. System performance is maintained and the need to utilize CPU and Disk I/O resources to defragment files is greatly reduced. Because less defragmentation is needed, there is a direct benefit in the form of energy saved in both CPU usage and in the reading and writing to a disk. It saves users both in energy costs and in the time required to defragment a file system.

Intelligent Disk Optimization

For the limited fragmentation that can still occur, PerfectDisk’s patented SMARTPlacement optimization strategy optimizes disk drives according to your unique usage patterns. SMARTPlacement results in the most consolidated free space available, the elimination of most fragmentation before it occurs, and a reduced rate of fragmentation.

SSD Optimize is an optimization method for SSDs that focuses on free space consolidation without defragmentation of files. Solid State Drives are not affected by file fragmentation like traditional electromechanical disk drives. As such, it will leave files in a fragmented state while consolidating free space into large pieces.

Faster Start-Up

Experience faster system start-up times with our proprietary boot file optimization. Improve start-up time by 20% or more.

Auto-Optimization for Complete Unattended Optimization

PerfectDisk’s exclusive StealthPatrol™ tab is used to set automatic fragmentation prevention and optimize your system when it isn’t busy. Auto-optimization affords you the flexibility to optimize your system when it is idle or when the Windows screensaver is active. Auto-optimization provides the flexibility to not run during certain periods of the day or when a user-defined application is running. No other defrag or optimization utility proves this level of flexibility.

Advanced Boot Time Defrag

An important factor in faster PC performance is a thorough boot time defrag. PerfectDisk’s advanced boot time defrag capability is able to defragment files that otherwise would remain fragmented such as the Windows pagefile.sys or the file system’s MFT (Master File Table) and provides the best boot time defrag operation.

Total disk defragmentation and free space consolidation

PerfectDisk offers the most comprehensive solution for defragmentation by optimizing virtually every file on the system, including the Master File Table (MFT), all NTFS metadata files, paging files, directories, and datafiles, and completely consolidating free space. And it does it all in a single pass. There’s also a Selected Files Defrag option that is useful for defragmenting very large files such as video files, rather than defragmenting the entire drive.

S.M.A.R.T. Monitoring

New S.M.A.R.T. monitoring capabilities monitor the status of physical drives. It generates warnings and alerts for hardware performance and reliability, helping you ensure you are aware of any potential hardware problems.

CPU and I/O – control Resource Throttling

Perfectdisk provides resource throttling capabilities to manage resource usage as efficiently as possible. I/O throttling allows PerfectDisk to run on very busy disks without imposing additional load on the disk. CPU throttling allows you to raise or lower the CPU priority at which it runs. PerfectDisk uses very minimal CPU resources in its standard processing.

Today we announced the release of PerfectDisk 12, including the Windows Home Server versions. Here we review PerfectDisk 12 Home Server for Windows Home Server 2011.

UWHS Review - PerfectDisk 12 Home Server for Windows Home Server 2011

● Maximize streaming media performance
● Reduce back-up times
● Eliminate hard drive fragmentation
● Completely consolidate free space
● Bundles include PerfectDisk Professional for connected PCs

The main thing to note about PerfectDisk 12 Home Server for Windows Home Server 2011 is that the software is not integrated into the Dashboard. The PD12 application is a completely separate application so can only be accessed directly or via remote desktop.

Who Are Raxco?

From their website:

For over 30 years Raxco Software has developed award-winning defragmentation solutions and performance utilities that improve hard drive and server performance, simplify system administration and help our customers work more efficiently –at home and at the office.

Raxco has consistently been the first to support and receive certification on the latest Windows versions, including Windows 7, Vista, Windows Server 2008, and more. PerfectDisk’s innovations, such as the patented OptiWrite fragmentation prevention, patented SMARTPlacement optimization, Virtual Aware defragmentation for VMware’s vSphere/ESX Server and Microsoft’s Hyper-V, total free space consolidation, large drive support, Active Directory integration, single-pass defrag, and proactive enterprise console alerting and warning, continue to set the bar for the defrag market.

Why Do I Need It?

You might ask yourself why you would want to buy disk defragmentation software. Well the answer is that you may not want to. What do I mean by that? Well, put simply it is a matter of personal preference. Disk defragmentation software is one of those topics that often gets one of two similar responses – either “I must have it” or “I don’t want or need it”.

Personally I must have it. If you don’t know why you might want it, put simply, as files are stored, moved, deleted, updated and so on, over time they can be potentially stored on different areas of the disk rather than in a single block. This is called disk fragmentation. There could be thousands of parts of files scattered all over the disks on your home server. What this means is that it takes longer to read and write those files than it would do if they were all in the same place. That annoying delay waiting for that Word document to open? Could be disk fragmentation.

This is where disk defragmentation software comes into play. The software examines the disk and all of your files, figures out where the parts of the files physically on your drives are and attempts to move them together to make things run faster and smoother. This is a good thing – just imagine having hundreds of gigabytes of files scattered all over the disk.

What’s New?

Preconfigured to automatically optimize your digital life.

Optimize your entire Home Server environment so you can access your photos, music and videos quickly. PerfectDisk 12 Home Server speeds up processing times so your Home Server always runs like new.

Fragmentation Prevention with OptiWrite™

PerfectDisk’s new OptiWrite™ technology prevents most fragmentation on your drive before it occurs, which prevents your system from slowing down. OptiWrite™ detects when Windows is going to fragment files and intelligently redirects I/O to stop the fragmentation from occuring. System performance is maintained and the need to utilize CPU and Disk I/O resources to defragment files is greatly reduced. Because less defragmentation is needed, there is a direct benefit in the form of energy saved in both CPU usage and in the reading and writing to a disk. It saves users both in energy costs and in the time required to defragment a file system.

Intelligent Disk Optimization

For the limited fragmentation that can still occur, PerfectDisk’s patented SMARTPlacement optimization strategy optimizes disk drives according to your unique usage patterns. SMARTPlacement results in the most consolidated free space available, the elimination of most fragmentation before it occurs, and a reduced rate of fragmentation.

SSD Optimize is an optimization method for SSDs that focuses on free space consolidation without defragmentation of files. Solid State Drives are not affected by file fragmentation like traditional electromechanical disk drives. As such, it will leave files in a fragmented state while consolidating free space into large pieces.

Faster Start-Up

Experience faster system start-up times with our proprietary boot file optimization. Improve start-up time by 20% or more.

Auto-Optimization for Complete Unattended Optimization

PerfectDisk’s exclusive StealthPatrol™ tab is used to set automatic fragmentation prevention and optimize your system when it isn’t busy. Auto-optimization affords you the flexibility to optimize your system when it is idle or when the Windows screensaver is active. Auto-optimization provides the flexibility to not run during certain periods of the day or when a user-defined application is running. No other defrag or optimization utility proves this level of flexibility.

Advanced Boot Time Defrag

An important factor in faster PC performance is a thorough boot time defrag. PerfectDisk’s advanced boot time defrag capability is able to defragment files that otherwise would remain fragmented such as the Windows pagefile.sys or the file system’s MFT (Master File Table) and provides the best boot time defrag operation.

Total disk defragmentation and free space consolidation

PerfectDisk offers the most comprehensive solution for defragmentation by optimizing virtually every file on the system, including the Master File Table (MFT), all NTFS metadata files, paging files, directories, and datafiles, and completely consolidating free space. And it does it all in a single pass. There’s also a Selected Files Defrag option that is useful for defragmenting very large files such as video files, rather than defragmenting the entire drive.

S.M.A.R.T. Monitoring

New S.M.A.R.T. monitoring capabilities monitor the status of physical drives. It generates warnings and alerts for hardware performance and reliability, helping you ensure you are aware of any potential hardware problems.

CPU and I/O – control Resource Throttling

Perfectdisk provides resource throttling capabilities to manage resource usage as efficiently as possible. I/O throttling allows PerfectDisk to run on very busy disks without imposing additional load on the disk. CPU throttling allows you to raise or lower the CPU priority at which it runs. PerfectDisk uses very minimal CPU resources in its standard processing.

Today saw the release of PerfectDisk 12 from Raxco Software. The versions that have been released include versions for Windows Home Server V1 and Windows Home Server 2011. There is also support for SSDs.

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The PerfectDisk 12 product line provides smarter optimization for all system drives. Improvements have been made throughout PerfectDisk 12 that result in up to 30% faster analyzes and optimization passes so users can work and play even faster. Plus, it saves energy costs by reducing the use of CPU and disk I/O resources.

Numerous new capabilities and enhancements are included in PerfectDisk 12, highlighted by:

  • New OptiWrite™ technology prevents most fragmentation on your drive before it occurs by detecting when Windows is going to fragment files and intelligently redirects I/O so that most fragmentation does not occur. It is the only technology available today that can minimize free space fragmentation while preventing file fragmentation.
  • Exclusive StealthPatrol™ tab is used to set automatic fragmentation prevention and optimize your system when it isn’t busy. Users can select the desired automation settings in one location and PerfectDisk 12 will run in the background to keep all drives optimized and running at peak performance.
  • Improved SSD optimization that specifically focuses on free space consolidation without defragmentation of files to improve write performance.  SSD optimization is included free of charge in all editions of PerfectDisk 12.
  • Enhanced capabilities to optimize virtualized environments through auto detection and configuration of PerfectDisk based on virtual hard drive type including thin provisioned drives, linked clones and non-persistent drives.
  • New Short Stroke method improves optimization speed and support for thin provisioned drives.
  • New Zero Fill Free Space capability to assist with migration from physical to virtual environments, shrinking virtual drives and the recovery of valuable disk space.
  • Enhanced scheduling that provides the world’s most flexible scheduling options according to a user’s or businesses’ unique requirements.

The PerfectDisk 12 product line introduces the new PerfectDisk 12 Professional for Networks which includes the PerfectDisk 12 Enterprise Console for central management and control of all systems throughout the enterprise. PerfectDisk 12 Server and PerfectDisk 12 Exchange also integrate with the PerfectDisk 12 Enterprise Console, which is included as a free add-on to all PerfectDisk 12 Server and Exchange purchases.

“PerfectDisk 12 delivers real value with the OptiWriteTM fragmentation-prevention technology and new support for SSD optimization,” said Dr. Steven Gurgevich, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona College Of Medicine, a Beta tester for PerfectDisk 12. “I’ve seen the perfect combination of faster systems yet reduced system resources and costs. And with enhanced support for thin provisioned drives, virtualization performance also benefits significantly. Raxco has covered all the bases for system performance with this release – it’s their best yet.”

“PerfectDisk 12 builds on the industry’s most powerful defrag and optimization engine with a quantum leap forward in performance, flexibility and reporting,” said Bob Nolan, president and CEO of Raxco Software. “Large enterprises, SMBs and consumers alike are looking to maximize their hardware investments to obtain the best possible computer performance, storage management, and information reporting on their PCs and servers. And from the glowing feedback we’ve received from our beta testers, we know PerfectDisk 12 delivers on all fronts.”

PerfectDisk 12 is available immediately via the Raxco Software website at http://www.raxco.com as well as favorite resellers everywhere. Free, fully functional 30-day trials are also available.

The PerfectDisk 12 product line includes PerfectDisk 12 Home Premium, PerfectDisk 12 Home Server, PerfectDisk 12 Professional, PerfectDisk 12 Professional for Networks, PerfectDisk 12 Server, PerfectDisk12 Exchange, PerfectDisk 12 Hyper-V, PerfectDisk 12 vSphere, PerfectDisk 12 VMware Workstation, and PerfectDisk 12 Enterprise Console.

Pricing starts at $24.99 for single copies of PerfectDisk 12 Home Premium, $39.99 for PerfectDisk 12 Professional and $99.99 for PerfectDisk 12 Server. Quantity discounts and special-priced bundles are also available.

Stay tuned for our reviews shortly.

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In the forthcoming release of Raxco’s PerfectDisk 12, a number of enhancements have been added, included a new SSD optimization method. And with more people using SSD’s this can only be a good thing!

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Here is the complete press release from Raxco:

Raxco Software’s PerfectDisk 12 To Bring Enhanced Intelligent Optimization for Solid State Drives
New SSD Optimize method focuses exclusively on what matters for performance to SSDs

GAITHERSBURG, MD – May 10, 2011 – Raxco Software, the leader in disk optimization solutions that improve hard drive performance for PCs, laptops, and servers, today announced that improved intelligent SSD optimization will be included in all editions of PerfectDisk® 12. Raxco Software’s core disk optimization engine is now even better for optimizing the performance and longevity of Solid State Drives (SSDs).

Due to the nature of flash memory and how data is currently written, SSD write performance degrades over time.  Unlike a hard disk drive, any write operation to SSD storage requires not one step, but two: an erase followed by the actual write. In order to maximize performance and SSD life it is important to decrease the number of writes/updates to the SSD and be sure that any sort of optimization pass performed on the SSD does as little "shuffling" of files and data as possible.

The new requirement for managing SSDs is a disk optimizer that can identify which drives are SSDs and which are traditional hard drives and then perform the appropriate actions for each drive.

With the upcoming PerfectDisk 12, a new SSD Optimize method focuses exclusively on what matters for performance to SSDs. Intelligent analysis is performed automatically and then utilizes sophisticated free space placement algorithms to provide peak SSD performance and better protect investments. Raxco Software draws upon its pioneering work with free space consolidation to ensure optimal SSD performance. The technology intelligently minimizes “writing” to the SSD – which maintains SSD performance over the long term. It’s all done automatically and will be included as a standard feature in all editions of PerfectDisk 12.

"The benefit PerfectDisk 12 provides to those customers using SSDs is that PerfectDisk 12 is able to intelligently identify the SSDs and not perform a traditional defrag on those drives," says Greg Hayes, Manager of Technical Solutions, Raxco Software. "Not only that, the new PerfectDisk 12 SSD optimization method is able to consolidate free space while minimizing the number writes to the disk. The result is better write optimization and reduced overall disk wear."

PerfectDisk 12′s SSD Optimize method will consolidate the free space on the drive without also performing a traditional file defrag. The new method also identifies where the largest section of free space is located and consolidates the free space in that location – regardless of whether it is at the beginning, middle, or end of the disk. Since there is no mechanical seek time on a SSD, file level fragmentation and the location of the files on the disk are not relevant. By taking advantage of this trait of the solid state drive, PerfectDisk 12′s SSD Optimize is able to optimize write times on the SSD without causing additional wear on the disk.

PerfectDisk 12 will be released in June 2011. PerfectDisk 12 builds on the award-winning features of PerfectDisk and adds OptiWrite™ – a new fragmentation-prevention engine to prevent fragmentation in real time, a new intelligent SSD optimization process, a new dynamic zone engine which drastically improves RAM utilization, plus many other great new capabilities and enhancements.

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A few weeks ago we reviewed Diskeeper 2011 for Windows Home Server. Now it’s time to take a look at Diskeeper 2011 Professional with HyperFast. HyperFast is designed for those of us with SSDs.

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The Diskeeper Corporation have been around now since 1981, so you have probably heard of them before. They have produced many different versions of their disk defragmentation software.

This review concentrates on the latest version of Diskeeper 2011 Professional edition, which is available right now. The review will cover why you need it, some of it’s key features, how to install it and then our final thoughts.

Why Do I Need It?

You might ask yourself why you would want to buy disk defragmentation software. Well the answer is that you may not want to. What do I mean by that? Well, put simply it is a matter of personal preference. Disk defragmentation software is one of those topics that often gets one of two similar responses – either “I must have it” or “I don’t want or need it”.

Personally I must have it. If you don’t know why you might want it, put simply, as files are stored, moved, deleted, updated and so on, over time they can be potentially stored on different areas of the disk rather than in a single block. This is called disk fragmentation. There could be thousands of parts of files scattered all over the disks on your home server. What this means is that it takes longer to read and write those files than it would do if they were all in the same place. That annoying delay waiting for that Word document to open? Could be disk fragmentation.

This is where disk defragmentation software comes into play. The software examines the disk and all of your files, figures out where the parts of the files physically on your drives are and attempts to move them together to make things run faster and smoother. This is a good thing – just imagine having hundreds of gigabytes of files scattered all over the disk.

So, are you convinced that you might benefit from defragmentation software?

What’s New and Improved in 2011?

IntelliWrite™

Diskeeper 2011 is the first pre-emptive solution to the problem of fragmentation. Imagine a system that doesn’t fragment data on the hard disk and has requires no I/Os to handle defragmentation. Clean disks enable servers, workstations and laptops to operate at optimum speed reliability and efficiency over time. Disks that are uncluttered by fragmentation can last years longer due to reduced drive wear, easing the strain on tight IT budgets and reducing total cost of ownership for hardware investments.
IntelliWrite fragmentation prevention technology helps you achieve a new level of peak system performance.
Diskeeper 2011 addresses the cause of fragmentation and prevents up to 85% fragmentation. IntelliWrite keeps disks clean and fast by intelligently writing contiguous files to the disk, significantly improving system performance.
This proprietary technology enables faster file reads and writes, with zero impact on system resources during fragmentation prevention. It minimizes and eliminates data replication traffic and storage requirements caused by technologies that monitor block level changes (such as Snapshots). Another significant benefit is greatly reduced drive wear: if disks do not have to work hard writing fragmented files to the disk, they’re spinning less, consuming less power, and generating less heat. Further, with less use, drives will last longer, providing a better ROI for companies and reducing overall hardware costs.

Instant Defrag™ – New

Diskeeper 2011 offers a ground breaking new combination of technology that prevents (IntelliWrite) and immediately eliminates (NEW Instant Defrag) performance-impacting fragmentation so you’ll likely never access slow files ever again. IntelliWrite prevents up to 85% and more, fragmentation from occurring on the initial write. If fragments are not prevented during the initial write, IntelliWrite passes along information about the remaining fragments, in real-time, to the Instant Defrag engines for immediate handling. This exclusive design allows Diskeeper to stay ahead of performance robbing fragmentation on systems that split up data at a high rate. It also minimizes system-resources by eliminating time-consuming whole-volume fragmentation analysis in order to determine what recently written data needs to be defragmented.
The user is informed of the benefits of Instant Defrag in the Dashboard which displays the average time to prevent and handle newly occurring fragments.
IntelliWrite, combined with the new Instant Defrag, provides 100% performance 24×7. With IntelliWrite preventing the vast majority of fragmentation before it can occur, writing files contiguously in the first place, and Instant Defrag immediately eliminating any fragments that sneak by, performance levels are always at peak.

Efficient Mode™ – New

Efficient Mode, new in Diskeeper 2011, minimizes the time and resources used by Diskeeper to restore and maintain peak performance and reliability.
Diskeeper reports information about Efficient Mode in the updated Diskeeper user interface. By tracking the I/O (Input/Output) activity on a system Diskeeper 2011 also now estimates the overall I/Os saved (due to removing fragmentation) with time-based data in the updated Diskeeper Dashboard and cumulative statistics in the Diskeeper History section.
The new Efficient Mode is smart enough to know the difference between fragmentation that is a problem and fragmentation that is not a problem. Efficient Mode only addresses problem fragmentation. By eliminating the extra effort to get to a state of 0 total fragments, the resources required to restore peak performance are minimal. Efficient Mode is available in all Diskeeper 2011 editions except for Home edition.

Performance Report – New

Diskeeper’s new performance report overlays the main User Interface (UI) to provide the user with an instant view of gains they experience with the new Diskeeper 2011. Users will see:
 System Configuration Status
 Read and Write Access Time – % improvement
 How much fragmentation was prevented and eliminated
 Cumulative Number of I/Os Saved

InvisiTasking® – Improved

InvisiTasking has been redesigned to be more assertive in I/O active environments while still maintaining invisible processing. The enhancements allow Diskeeper to accomplish more defragmentation and resolve it faster (e.g. Instant Defrag) during typical production workloads. It also gives Diskeeper, and especially Instant Defrag, the ability to keep pace with rapidly fragmenting volumes in the multi-terabyte ranges.
The “green” evolution undertaken with InvisiTasking for Diskeeper 2011 is to defragment while the system is actively used, but to still do so with zero overhead. InvisiTasking is now more intelligent about when to interject defrag work while a disk is active. In many cases even a fairly active system still has unused resources that can be tapped without starving other processes of resources. Not only does this new design result in energy savings, it also aids in a addressing another growing problem – busy 24/7 systems that are never “idle” long enough for the previous version of InvisiTasking to accomplish its task. New Improved InvisiTasking now allows even large 24/7 never-“idle” systems to be defragmented invisibly with a virtually zero resource hit.

Last week we told you that Diskeeper 2011 was just around the corner, and yesterday we posted our exclusive review of Diskeeper 2011 for Windows Home Server. Well now we can reveal that Diskeeper 2011 is available and here are the prices.

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Later this week we will be giving away a few copies of Diskeeper 2011, so watch this space.

Prices

Diskeeper 2011 Home £27.95

Diskeeper 2011 Home with HyperFast £34.95

Diskeeper 2011 Professional £41.95

Diskeeper 2011 Professional with HyperFast £48.95

Diskeeper 2011 Pro Premier £69.95

Diskeeper 2011 Pro Premier with HyperFast £76.95

Diskeeper 2011 HomeServer £41.95

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Last week we had a first look at Diskeeper 2011 for Windows Home Server. Now it’s time for our review.

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The Diskeeper Corporation have been around now since 1981, so you have probably heard of them before. They have produced many different versions of their disk defragmentation software, including previous versions for Windows Home Server.

This review concentrates on the latest version of Diskeeper 2011 HomeServer edition, which will be released very shortly. The review will cover why you need it, some of it’s key features, how to install it and then our final thoughts.

Why Do I Need It?

You might ask yourself why you would want to buy disk defragmentation software. Well the answer is that you may not want to. What do I mean by that? Well, put simply it is a matter of personal preference. Disk defragmentation software is one of those topics that often gets one of two similar responses – either “I must have it” or “I don’t want or need it”.

Personally I must have it. If you don’t know why you might want it, put simply, as files are stored, moved, deleted, updated and so on, over time they can be potentially stored on different areas of the disk rather than in a single block. This is called disk fragmentation. There could be thousands of parts of files scattered all over the disks on your home server. What this means is that it takes longer to read and write those files than it would do if they were all in the same place. That annoying delay waiting for that Word document to open? Could be disk fragmentation.

This is where disk defragmentation software comes into play. The software examines the disk and all of your files, figures out where the parts of the files physically on your drives are and attempts to move them together to make things run faster and smoother. This is a good thing – just imagine having hundreds of gigabytes of files scattered all over the disk.

So, are you convinced that you might benefit from defragmentation software? If so, one thing that is very important to understand is that no matter what software you use, it MUST be Windows Home Server aware because of the way that Drive Extender works in WHS.

What’s New and Improved in 2011?

IntelliWrite™

Diskeeper 2011 is the first pre-emptive solution to the problem of fragmentation. Imagine a system that doesn’t fragment data on the hard disk and has requires no I/Os to handle defragmentation. Clean disks enable servers, workstations and laptops to operate at optimum speed reliability and efficiency over time. Disks that are uncluttered by fragmentation can last years longer due to reduced drive wear, easing the strain on tight IT budgets and reducing total cost of ownership for hardware investments.
IntelliWrite fragmentation prevention technology helps you achieve a new level of peak system performance.
Diskeeper 2011 addresses the cause of fragmentation and prevents up to 85% fragmentation. IntelliWrite keeps disks clean and fast by intelligently writing contiguous files to the disk, significantly improving system performance.
This proprietary technology enables faster file reads and writes, with zero impact on system resources during fragmentation prevention. It minimizes and eliminates data replication traffic and storage requirements caused by technologies that monitor block level changes (such as Snapshots). Another significant benefit is greatly reduced drive wear: if disks do not have to work hard writing fragmented files to the disk, they’re spinning less, consuming less power, and generating less heat. Further, with less use, drives will last longer, providing a better ROI for companies and reducing overall hardware costs.

Instant Defrag™ – New

Diskeeper 2011 offers a ground breaking new combination of technology that prevents (IntelliWrite) and immediately eliminates (NEW Instant Defrag) performance-impacting fragmentation so you’ll likely never access slow files ever again. IntelliWrite prevents up to 85% and more, fragmentation from occurring on the initial write. If fragments are not prevented during the initial write, IntelliWrite passes along information about the remaining fragments, in real-time, to the Instant Defrag engines for immediate handling. This exclusive design allows Diskeeper to stay ahead of performance robbing fragmentation on systems that split up data at a high rate. It also minimizes system-resources by eliminating time-consuming whole-volume fragmentation analysis in order to determine what recently written data needs to be defragmented.
The user is informed of the benefits of Instant Defrag in the Dashboard which displays the average time to prevent and handle newly occurring fragments.
IntelliWrite, combined with the new Instant Defrag, provides 100% performance 24×7. With IntelliWrite preventing the vast majority of fragmentation before it can occur, writing files contiguously in the first place, and Instant Defrag immediately eliminating any fragments that sneak by, performance levels are always at peak.

 

Efficient Mode™ – New

Efficient Mode, new in Diskeeper 2011, minimizes the time and resources used by Diskeeper to restore and maintain peak performance and reliability.
Diskeeper reports information about Efficient Mode in the updated Diskeeper user interface. By tracking the I/O (Input/Output) activity on a system Diskeeper 2011 also now estimates the overall I/Os saved (due to removing fragmentation) with time-based data in the updated Diskeeper Dashboard and cumulative statistics in the Diskeeper History section.
The new Efficient Mode is smart enough to know the difference between fragmentation that is a problem and fragmentation that is not a problem. Efficient Mode only addresses problem fragmentation. By eliminating the extra effort to get to a state of 0 total fragments, the resources required to restore peak performance are minimal. Efficient Mode is available in all Diskeeper 2011 editions expect for Home edition.

Performance Report – New

Diskeeper’s new performance report overlays the main User Interface (UI) to provide the user with an instant view of gains they experience with the new Diskeeper 2011. Users will see:
 System Configuration Status
 Read and Write Access Time – % improvement
 How much fragmentation was prevented and eliminated
 Cumulative Number of I/Os Saved

InvisiTasking® – Improved

InvisiTasking has been redesigned to be more assertive in I/O active environments while still maintaining invisible processing. The enhancements allow Diskeeper to accomplish more defragmentation and resolve it faster (e.g. Instant Defrag) during typical production workloads. It also gives Diskeeper, and especially Instant Defrag, the ability to keep pace with rapidly fragmenting volumes in the multi-terabyte ranges.
The “green” evolution undertaken with InvisiTasking for Diskeeper 2011 is to defragment while the system is actively used, but to still do so with zero overhead. InvisiTasking is now more intelligent about when to interject defrag work while a disk is active. In many cases even a fairly active system still has unused resources that can be tapped without starving other processes of resources. Not only does this new design result in energy savings, it also aids in a addressing another growing problem – busy 24/7 systems that are never “idle” long enough for the previous version of InvisiTasking to accomplish its task. New Improved InvisiTasking now allows even large 24/7 never-“idle” systems to be defragmented invisibly with a virtually zero resource hit.

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