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Chip Magazine challenge

by Michael 25. November 2009 12:03

Chip Magazine (www.chip.de) is a premier technology publication in Germany, and much of Europe for that matter. They recently completed a defrag head-to-head comparison of 6 various defragmenters, including the Windows Vista built-in product (which also happens to be very similar to Windows 7 built-in).

The timing worked out that we were able to submit Diskeeper 2010 beta software into their challenge.

And...

We're excited to announce Diskeeper took 1st place based on their rigorous technical testing process. Ausgezeichnet!

Here's a screen shot of the points awarded (only Diskeeper received the max 5) and placement of the entrants (only Diskeeper ranked in the top class). I removed the other product names to protect the "guilty" :-).

If you're a subscriber, you can read the whole 4 page review (in German mind you).

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HyperBoot update

by Michael 24. November 2009 18:35

In the past, we've licensed or distributed our technologies via major OEMs such as Lenovo, Sony, HP, Intel, and Dell - many of them for years. We learned from these numerous relationships with existing, and potential future partners, that boot times were a major pain for their customers - even brand new systems. So, HyperBoot (HB) was initially targeted to these system builders/OEMs of laptops and netbooks with Windows 7. 

To further support those HB efforts we decided to publish some facts about our test results (to ComputerWorld and other major media organizations) via videos and demo routines. The "corporate" response has been overwhelming. We've had numerous major Fortune 500 corporations write in, unsolicited, requesting access to this amazing software.

Needless to say, we are acknowledging these requests and seeking (via involved dialogue) to assist in any way we can to address the slow boot up issues many corporations find themseves stuck with (aging XP clients).

Porting HyperBoot to Windows XP is in progress, with field testing running in parallel.

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2009 Windows IT Pro Editors' Best and Community Choice Awards

by Michael 23. November 2009 05:12

Diskeeper has just been awarded the Editor's Best award (Gold) by Windows IT Pro. 

"Diskeeper does its job well. It defragments in the background without hurting system performance and doesn't require defragmentation scheduling." —Zac Wiggy, assistant editor, Windows IT Pro

"Diskeeper 2009 is loaded with features, works as advertised, and can bring the most choppy and fragmented hard drive back to silky-running smoothness." —Jeff James, editor in chief, Windows IT Pro

Diskeeper also took Silver in the Community Choice Award; recognition from users for which we are very appreciative. Our way of saying thanks will be to go right back to work and innovate more new technologies to improve your system's performance and reliability.

 

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Inside IntelliWrite technology

by Michael 20. November 2009 07:10

Diskeeper 2010 is all about a revolutionary new technology called IntelliWrite. Never before has fragmentation prevention been a reality - until now.

So what does IntelliWrite really provide your systems?

To demonstrate its benefits, we did some tests using two identical systems to measure how much fragmentation is prevented. In these tests, lower scores are better (means less fragments on the system).

IntelliWrite with Microsoft Office:

 

IntelliWrite on Microsoft SQL Server:

And how much faster your computer operates (Higher scores are better):

 

WOW, pretty awesome!

That word [awesome] has been almost unanimously applied to Diskeeper 2010 feedback we've heard from beta testers and early adopters. 

Get the full scoop on IntelliWrite, and see more test results in the new Diskeeper 2010 white paper: Inside Diskeeper 2010 with IntelliWrite.pdf (551.60 kb)

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What if fragmentation never happened?

by Michael 19. November 2009 06:45

Diskeeper 2010 is here!

With Diskeeper 2010 comes a revolutionary new technology called IntelliWrite(tm). Here's a description I grabbed from one of our product brochures:

"IntelliWrite is a major R&D breakthrough that addresses the cause of fragmentation and prevents up to 85% and more of the fragmentation that has long plagued every hard disk. This technology is unavailable anywhere else, and nothing else comes close. IntelliWrite elevates system performance and efficiency to a whole new level. It keeps disks clean and fast by intelligently writing contiguous files to the disk. The benefits of IntelliWrite and the fast, efficient disk it enables go far beyond what defragmentation can achieve."

The benefits of IntelliWrite include: 

+ Peak system performance—every minute, every day

+ Faster file read and writes - any time, all the time

+ Zero impact on system resources

+ Eliminate data/file replication traffic (and subsequently storage processing/requirements) caused by technologies which monitor block level data access such as "snapshots" (common in SAN environments)

+ Reduced drive wear and tear / extended hardware life

+ Reduced energy costs

+ Faster return on investment (ROI)

OK, sounds too good to be true - what's the catch you ask? 

Well, there is a trade-off for proactively preventing fragmentation. The lone side effect is a slight increase in the use of free space (less than 1% increase). There is also a requirement that at least 2GB of free space exist on a volume, in order for IntelliWrite to operate.

Over the next few weeks, I'll provide more details about this technology and present some test data we've done, as well as tests done by beta testers and early adopters of this ground breaking technology. Very cool stuff...

In addition to IntelliWrite, Diskeeper 2010 also incorporates a number of other features/enhancements including:

  • Improved analysis/defrag reports that include free space fragmentation data
  • The Diskeeper service (DKservice.exe) start is delayed by default (for better system startup performance)
  • Enhancements to File Exclusion feature
  • Improved Health and Recommendation reports including:
    • Consistency across all recommendations and health assessments in the Job Reports and the Dashboard
    • Greater focus performance in the various reports (rather than fragments per file)
    • Removed MFT usage as a factor in warnings, etc...
  • Runs free space consolidation engines more frequently (relative to file defrag, given IntelliWrite largely eliminates the need for file defrag work)
  • No more volume size limits in Diskeeper Home/Professional editions
  • Home edition supported mow extended to include Windows 7 Professional
  • Microsoft Windows 7 compatible (formerly known as "certified")
  • Certification for Windows Server 2008 R2 coming in the next few weeks
  • Defragments $USNJRNL and $SECURE metadata online on Windows 7 / 2008R2

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