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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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Diskeeper Tips and Tricks: System Status Icon Control

by Michael 31. August 2006 18:02
Below I'll present some "undocumented" registry qualifiers that control the behavior of the Diskeeper System Status icon (System Tray/SysTray). The need to make these changes is exceptionally rare, though a few of our very large customers have implemented this for specific company purposes. A modified form was previously available in Diskeeper 9.0 as well (though the below steps will not work on Diskeeper 9.0). We've had very little requests to modify this feature in any way, which is why you don't see a user interface button in the product to modify behaviors. I'm providing the information here as a "trick" rather than a "tip". There are 3 levels of control for the Diskeeper 10.0 System Status Icon. They are all related to control for the non-administrative user. System Administrators always have full control. Please note that because this is done via the registry please follow all the usual precautions. I'm also not going to walk through all the steps as to how to make the changes. If you're reading a blog on a file system performance vendor's website, I'm pretty sure you already know what you're doing! The procedure takes less than a minute. All you need to do is create a new DWORD value and assign the appropriate decimal value. Name: UserIconLevel Type: DWORD value Location: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Diskeeper Corporation\Diskeeper Default value: 2 Possible values: 2 = non-admin user can bump schedules via the icon 1 = non-admin user has no control via, but icon is visible 0 = icon is not visible to the non-admin user If no value is present [default], then the code will behave as if 2 is the value. All the usual network-wide registry editing techniques can be used if you need to make broad scale changes. E.g. you can use a batch file with "reg add" and deploy via GPO scripts or Sitekeeper (Sitekeeper can also deploy .reg files). While I'm not personally a fan of apps cluttering the tray, I do like the fact that Diskeeper 10's icon (only visible when actually defragmenting) offers a "total fragments eliminated" incrementing calculation when hovering over it. That's all I ever see of Diskeeper on my production systems (Set It and - but for the SysTray icon info - Forget It).

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