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|A closer look at PerfectDisk and PerfectDisk Live |
| A closer look at PerfectDisk and PerfectDisk Live
Published on September 14th, 2005 |
Today we are going to look at one of the best 3rd party disk
defragmenter tools available. Perfect Disk 7 is an extremely
complete and fast disk defragmenter. It was designed to work with
Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000, Windows 2000 and Windows XP
only. Raxco's PerfectDisk's SmartPlacement
technology provides a fast and efficient defragmenter that offers
single pass file defragmentation and free space consolidation. It
can also handle any of today's large disk sizes.
PerfectDisk 7 integrates seamlessly with Microsoft's Active
Directory to provide easy scalable network deployments and scheduling
There are Workstation and Server versions of PerfectDisk 7 available.
Both versions offer pretty much the same feature set but the
Workstation version will not install on a Server based operating
system. The Server version includes a component for Exchange Servers
that allows you to schedule the offline compacting/defragmentation of
Exchange Server 2003, 2000 and Exchange 5.5 data stores to save disk
space and boost overall Exchange performance.
**PerfectDisk 7 and PerfectDisk Live are not currently supported by the 64bit edition of Windows**
What are fragmented files?
Fragmented files are files that have been broken into hundreds of
separate pieces all over your hard drive. This happens every time new
files are created, deleted, or extended. This also happens when your
operating system is first installed.
What does fragmentation do to system performance?
Fragmentation can lead to a major loss of performance. The worse
the level of fragmentation, the longer your system takes to perform any
read/write related tasks. It increases the load times of
applications, and adds to your system startup and shutdown times.
After releasing PerfectDisk 7, the gang from Raxco went back to work
and designed the PerfectDisk Live subscription service that requires
Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher to operate. This activeX control has
pretty much all the goodies of the full version but it allows you to
subscribe online for 12 months ($19.95 USD). If you want to purchase the retail version of PerfectDisk 7
you can do so for $39.95 USD. Being the curious type that I am, I
thought it would be interesting to put the two versions side by side
and see where the better value lies.
In order to use PerfectDisk Live the first thing is to visit their
website and setup an account. They offer a 15 day free trial if
you want to try the service before purchasing a subscription.
Once you have activated your account you then just have to download the
activeX control and you are then good to go. While you have to be
connected to the Internet to activate the activeX control, once it has
started to defrag your drive you can close your browser and disconnect
from the Internet if you so desire.
PerfectDisk and PerfectDisk Live defragment a disk by locating all the
parts of a file and bringing them together so that they are contiguous.
As a result, the system only has one place to look to find a file. Your
system uses less CPU cycles and memory to complete disk operations,
which enhances overall system performance. Applications will launch
faster, access to your files will also be faster.
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