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Diskeeper Can Help Prevent HDD Fragmentation

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 5 comments

The Diskeeper Corporation claims that its technology can prevent HDD fragmentation.

There's nothing more hateful than a hard drive that's so fragmented, ants could build a new mound before a single file can be accessed. It would be nice if it were possible to find a way to prevent fragmentation before it even begins to fester. Unfortunately, disk fragmentation has become another tolerated aspect of life like changing a flat tire or picking up after a toddler on a toy rampage.

But maybe that's about to change. The Diskeeper Corporation claims that its latest Diskeeper 2010 products can prevent cluttered drives using its proprietary IntelliWrite fragmentation prevention technology. To prove its case, the company released a white paper document explaining the technology (pdf), and how it invokes faster write speeds while preventing the annoying clutter.

According to the company, IntelliWrite is an advanced file system driver that leverages and improves upon modern Windows’ file system “Best Fit” file write design in order to write a file in a non-fragmented state. Diskeeper also said that, in addition to fragmentation prevention and better write performance, IntelliWrite provides an "energy friendly approach" and better compatibility to other storage management solutions.

Additionally, Diskeeper's white paper provides a number of benchmarks showing how the technology improves drive performance, using a variety of common business applications and use cases. Currently the Diskeeper 2010 software utilizing IntelliWrite comes in five flavors: Professional, Pro Premier, Server, Enterprise Server, and Administrator.

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    staalkoppie , 11 December 2009 13:34
    Preventing fragmentation during the use of your pc....would that not consume quite a bit more resources while reading or writing data to and from you HDD?
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    mi1ez , 11 December 2009 14:33
    Only while writing, but I agree. I'd rather have a nippy PC when I use it and schedule a 3am defrag once a week.
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    flaminggerbil , 11 December 2009 16:42
    It's not THAT hard to defrag every now and then is it?
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    das_stig , 11 December 2009 20:28
    Agree with mi1ez, better to have quick read/writes during daily use and let Windows do its thing during idle time.
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    darzil , 12 December 2009 05:25
    Really loved the earlier versions of Diskeeper, but hated this one. It constantly accesses the hard drive, even if the drive isn't currently in use. At one stage it spent 24 hours constantly accessing th drive, without defragmenting a single file. I have a fairly noisy drive on my laptop, so this was a pain. Much preferred their old version which defragged when the screensaver was running.