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New Diskeeper 2007 Update

by Michael 5. February 2007 16:23
There is a new free update of Diskeeper 2007 (11.0.698) available via the "Check for Updates" in the software. This product contains the following enhancements (overview): 1. Correct detection of volumes (including improvement for removable drives such as iPods or USB keys) 2. Delays on system startup and resource usage improvements 3. Usability updates (i.e "508" compliance) 4. Product licensing enhancements 5. Checks to ensure that upgrades will occur as expected (notifying the user at installation time if upgrade will become trialware or when upgrading across editions) 6. Corrections for over-installs, to preserve settings 7. Fixed issue for USB volumes with no files 8. Directory consolidation configuration options 9. Terabyte Volume Engine (TVE) changes to improve error handling and boot optimization 10. Directory Consolidation changes to correctly handle log file 11. "Silent install" improvements for upgrade and update situations 12. Resolves the "floppy drive polling" in build 11.0.693 Please note this build does NOT install on Vista. See the earlier blog on how to get Diskeeper 2007 for Vista (11.0.697).

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Here it is - Windows Vista support

by Michael 22. January 2007 17:13
We're as excited to offer this software as many of you have been to get it (my apologies for the delays). Your patience has allowed us to deliver an excellent and well-tested product. The Diskeeper 2007 software for Windows Vista is a free update, for all current Diskeeper 2007 customers. If you purchased Diskeeper 2007 or have a valid maintenance contract (i.e. upgrade assurance) to Diskeeper 2007 you qualify for this free update. If you don't run Windows Vista, stay tuned as there will be a Diskeeper update coming very soon (use the Check for Updates feature in Diskeeper) for Windows 2000 and Windows XP/2003 users. As you know, the current Diskeeper versions do not install on Windows Vista, which means the Check for Updates feature won't help. So, the way you can get this product is to contact us and we will send you an email with a link to download the software. Keep in mind that this product is for Windows Vista only; at this time it will not install on Windows XP or Windows 2000. To expedite your request place the words "Diskeeper for Vista Request" in the subject line of the email. Trialware will be available on the website later this week for anyone who does not yet own Diskeeper 2007. Here's how to get Diskeeper 2007 for Vista:

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Some More Info on "On-The-Fly" Performance

by Michael 8. January 2007 14:18
I want to clear up a few confusions I've seen recently on the internet. Diskeeper 2007 introduced on-the-fly defragmentation for the first time in the Diskeeper product line but, it should be stated, Diskeeper was not the first performance tool to do this. This "real time" defragmentation has been on our development plate for many years, but it lacked a technological advancement before we could add this into the product. As Diskeeper is one of the highest selling software utilities (usually 7th or 8th, by volume in North America, after Norton AV, Ghost, and antivirus from a couple of the other major vendors) we have a tremendous responsibility. We sell many millions of licenses each year, and a good number of them end up on mission critical servers in the world's largest companies. The product, as it evolved into a truly automatic program, had to ensure that the product offered all the benefits and none of the drawbacks an on-the-fly application might generate, on these massive server systems. The benefit of addressing the consideration of a high-powered SAN or application server also translates to the small business and home user, as they now get a technology designed for some of the most powerful Windows-based computers in use today. Kinda of like putting a turbocharged sports car engine in an economy car, but still getting the MPGs. Speaking of car analogies, it brings up another. The following is an article I wrote for the Diskeeper 2007 release, but it seems appropriate to re-publish here... [forewarning: this is a marketing article, not a technical one :-) ]

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The latest on Diskeeper support for Vista

by Michael 3. January 2007 16:55
We are wrapping up a private (i.e. limited testers) field test to confirm all the new changes in the Windows Vista file system are properly accounted for. The current time frame should make this product available in about 10-14 days. That puts the release around the US holiday of MLK day (January 15th). When we get nearer to the release I'll write a blog entry to cover specifics as well as how to get the software.

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Undelete in 2007

by Michael 26. December 2006 12:57
It's been quite some time, if ever, that we've posted anything about Undelete. So, there's no time like the present. The next major Undelete release is in the works. While, as usual, I can't divulge some of the cool new things planned for that version there are a couple of obvious updates that will occur. One feature is adding x64 support and the other is support for Windows Vista. With Vista being a workstation OS, and the x64 platform more of a benefit to high powered application systems (video editing, databases servers, etc...), we actually haven't had all that much demand for these two functions. Most of our Undelete customers are buying the Server Edition for their file servers (where it captures network deletions). While it does well at what I call after-the-fact deletions, those are not its strengths. Undelete's real value is as a "file protection" product (prevents you from losing the file in the first place) and fits well into the Continuous Data Protection - for Files (known as CDP) category. Because I brought up Vista, I should mention the file system in Vista once again. In an earlier blog, while talking about Diskeeper, I noted that Vista's NTFS has no significant changes (just a few minor ones) to the structure with respect to defragmentation -which is true. However, Vista's NTFS has introduced major changes for file filter applications like Undelete. The new feature is called TxF, an acronym for Transactional File System. I'll write another blog on TxF, and cover its functionality and discuss some of the findings our developers and I have learned while investigating it.

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