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Diskeeper and Vista - February 9, 2006

by Michael 9. February 2006 19:09

Product News: We are a few short business days away from offering a free public beta of Diskeeper 10 for Windows Vista (build 5270). Keep your eyes on our official PR announcements for more information.

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Better late than never

by Michael 9. February 2006 19:02
Before I publish my first blog entry (I think I'm officially the last human with a computer to write one) I will quickly introduce myself. My name is Michael; I'm the Product Manager (PM) at Diskeeper Corporation (DKC). I first joined the company back in 2000 as a Systems Engineer, and moved into product management a couple of years ago. As PM, I'm tasked with making our products the best on the market. Doing that means making sure it meets the needs of you, the customer. My blogs will provide technical data (I had a past life as an engineer before going over to the "dark side"; AKA Marketing -just kidding of course). I will also offer insights into this great company, which I'm very proud to be part of, and personal viewpoints on our products and where I see the industry and our company going. As with most blogs, my personal viewpoints aren't necessarily those of my employer, nor do they guarantee a specific course of action. When and where possible I will leak out a few of our R&D projects (at least to the degree that I can still collect a paycheck afterward). I must forewarn our readers that I may often come across as caustic or impertinent. I don't wish to offend anyone, but understand I am passionate about what I do; and when I'm up on my soapbox I usually have the knowledge and info to back it up. I also consider myself a 'junior' philosopher and pop culture commentator so my blogs will frequently contain references to contemporary events. Feel free to comment on my blogs and correct me when I'm wrong - I can take it. All I ask is that your responses present supporting technical data and not hearsay. I will publish constructive and well intentioned comments, questions or corrections. I'm excited to have this opportunity to share my product knowledge and insight, and hope this information helps you. I want to also thank those of you who currently follow this blog and write to us. We do listen and really strive to address your needs. Your Diskeeperblog team will begin to interact with those of you who have been sending in comments. Our apologies on not having done so sooner, we are still quite new to this technology (and the user manual is reeeeeally long). Please use this forum to ask questions or respond to blog entries. If you have product suggestions, you can submit them by email to wishlist@diskeeper.com. We review these emails as part of our new feature development planning. You can also provide feedback directly into our development database from an option in Diskeeper 10's "Action" menu item (select Action and then Diskeeper Feedback from the Diskeeper user interface menu bar). -Michael PS: Given that our legal dept. approves, we are working to create some audience participation games (with prizes like free software, t-shirts, etc...) into the blog.

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64 Bit Support Added to Diskeeper Professional Edition

by Helpdesk 23. December 2005 20:20
Due to the demand we have seen for 64 bit support in our advanced editions, we have now added 64 bit support to Diskeeper Professional Edition. Currently all of our editions (with the exception of Diskeeper Home) support 64 bit computing. Enjoy the extra 32 bits! -Paul

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Diskeeper 10.0 is out!

by Helpdesk 6. December 2005 17:44
This is the best version we've ever done by a longshot. Almost everything in Diskeeper 10 has been improved. The first thing users will notice is an improved user interface which is easier to use and provides even more robust reports on disk health, real-time performance and fragmentation statistics. In Diskeeper 10, we're also announcing I-FAAST (Intelligent File Access Acceleration Sequencing Technology), the first successful implementation of Disk Performance Calibration technology. I-FAAST will improve file access times for frequently used files by an average of 10-20% (but sometimes by as much as 80%). Keep in mind this boost is in addition to defragmenting files! Diskeeper 10 really has been designed for today's enrivonment of spiraling storage device capacity. Diskeeper handles bigger drives and bigger files - faster than ever before. Diskeeper 10 also more thoroughly defragments free space and works better in low free space environments. Users will also find that we've made Diskeeper 10 even less intrusive. In version 10 we have improved I/O Smart, which allows Diskeeper to defragment in the "spaces" between normal disk I/O requests. -Paul

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Independent performance testing on fragmentation?

by Helpdesk 9. November 2005 02:47
Once and a while I'm asked for independent studies on the performance effects of disk fragmentation. There are some excellent studies out there. Diskeeper Corporation recently sponsored a paper done by Windows IT Pro. Their writer, Joe Kinsella, actually developed his own test tools in order to do a very thorough fragmentation performance study: http://www.windowsitpro.com/whitepapers/index.cfm?fuseaction=showwp&wpid=4D2B047D-E1F8-4F20-A74DB68E7521E730&code= Besides the recent study we sponsored, there are a bunch of other independent studies in existence. A quick Google search yields a Harvard University study on UNIX: http://www.eecs.harvard.edu/~keith/research/tr94.html I was unable to find a university study on Windows. I imagine Universities are probably less interested in studying the effects of fragmentation on FAT and NTFS, because it's generally considered common knowledge that file fragmentation hurts their performance. Once in a while a media source does in-depth fragmentation testing as part of a review, such as this PC Mag article: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,1591466,00.asp The non-profit organization National Software Test Lab (NSTL) has also done performance tests on fragmentation: http://www.softwareshelf.com/HTML/products/prod_materials/5/NSTLXP_mddvdk.pdf - Paul

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