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Inside I-FAAST (file sequencing)

by Michael 27. September 2006 00:16
There's been a great deal of interest and attention from the media, customers, and performance enthusiasts on I-FAAST since its release last December in Diskeeper 10. I regularly read tech forums and blogs looking for feedback and new ideas for our products. I've noticed a lot of discussions on "how" this technology works, so to hopefully help clear things up, I'll describe a few of the parts that make it tick. The first part of I-FAAST is accurately benchmarking the performance of your file system. That is more complicated than it may sound as issues such as caching will quickly invalidate results if not properly handled. While I may gloss over this, it is quite complicated.

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Diskeeper 10 beta for Vista RC1 (build 5600) is available

by Michael 25. September 2006 20:37
The Diskeeper 10 Professional Edition beta for Vista has now been updated to support Vista Release Candidate 1 build 5600. We've already begun testing on Vista build 5728 and hope to have a Diskeeper 10 beta next week for that update. Download it here

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Marketing Slogans That Never Made It

by Michael 14. September 2006 14:57

With respect to David Letterman, The Top Ten Diskeeper slogans that never made it:

10. The only software to get a speeding ticket

9. Fragmentation is as fragmentation does

8. th3 NUm83R 0N3 4Ut0m4T1C d3FR49M3Nt3r

7. Death, Taxes, Fragmentation.

6. Fragmentation Happens :-)

5. "Every PC dies, not every PC really lives!"

4. "Set It 'n' Faahgeddabooouud-It"

3. Automizzle fo' shizzle

2. Diskeeper "does it" in the background!

1. Pimp My Drive

Thanks to Paul and Derek for their contributions. Got any more? Let us know.

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Industry Experts on Diskeeper

by Michael 11. September 2006 16:31
Paul Thurrott has been covering Vista builds for some time in his reviews and articles, often testing Diskeeper 10 as part of the review. As he noted in his latest review (http://www.winsupersite.com/reviews/winvista_rc1_03.asp) there are ways to get Diskeeper installed on Vista RC1. I completely agree with his comment that it's not a good idea to run Diskeeper on RC1; that is, until we officially offer a product. Those who have tested the current Diskeeper betas for Vista have noted that some features are disabled or reduced in functionality. That is because we haven't fully tested them. I don't anticipate anything breaking, but some of our advanced features (e.g. FragShield) do some relatively fancy things (on Win2k and XP) that may not carry over well to Vista without proper adjustment on our part. For the patient enthusiast, we'll have a new RC1-compatible beta soon, and a "full" product when Vista is officially released. ---- Having written a paper on the subject earlier this year, I was interviewed by Processor magazine on server virtualization a couple of months ago. While a few points I discussed were slightly muddied in translation (e.g. "CPU searching for files" is technically incorrect wording - but at least conveys the message) the interview covered some points system administrators/computer power users need to look out for when building these systems. Virtualization is a popular buzz word these days, but it is important to use this technology in the right places and under the right circumstances. That concept, everyone interviewed for the article agreed upon. There was, however, some debate on the importance of defragmentation. Alessandro Perilli, well-known virtualization expert and host of virtualization.info (the leading independent site for everything you ever wanted to know about virtualization) added his comments on the subject as well. http://www.virtualization.info/2006/08/is-defragmentation-real-benefit-for.html You can also check out Michael Otey's (Windows IT Pro) earlier "top 10" in February 2006, which counted defragmentation among the key priorities for VM performance. http://www.windowsitpro.com/Article/ArticleID/48726/48726.html?Ad=1 The simple fact behind these expert's viewpoint is that the disk is the weak link in a modern, general purpose, computer, slowing everything else down (where disk access is required). Alleviate the bottleneck and the whole system works faster.

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Defrag Tech Spotlight - What is Defrag?

by Michael 6. September 2006 04:30
What is defrag? Why should I defrag daily? Find out the answers to these questions and more at the new Defrag Tech Spotlight - What is Defrag area.

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