PerfectDisk 14: Event Log Alerts & New TP Features

PerfectDisk 14 Business EditionsPerfectDisk 14 Enterprise is here with new Windows event log integration allowing Microsoft System Center and other 3rd-party monitoring tools to monitor for PerfectDisk-detected fragmentation-related issues, thin-provisioned drive auto-detection to help avoid fully provisioning thin drives, Windows 10 support, automated reporting from PerfectDisk clients to their managing PerfectDisk Enterprise Console and enhanced integration with Citrix Servers.

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Is it Safe to Defrag a Hybrid Drive (SSHD)?

We already know the benefits of defragmenting HDDs and using PerfectDisk’s SSD Optimize feature to improve the performance and lifespan of SSDs.

Is it Safe to Defrag a Hybrid Drive (SSHD)?But what about hybrid drives that combine the speed of an SSD with the inexpensive storage capacity of a traditional hard drive? Can you defragment and optimize disk performance (and lifespan) for solid-state hybrid drives (SSHD) or dual-drive hybrid systems?

The short answer is yes.

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6 Tools to Help Prepare Your PC for Anything

We’ve come to expect our devices to work flawlessly, rendering any hiccup in performance or reliability more than a minor inconvenience. Here are six tools that will help prep and maintain your Windows hard drive or SSD PC for long-lasting, fast and stable performance.

PerfectDisk#1 – PerfectDisk Defrag and SSD Optimization

Our flagship award-winning HDD defragmentation and SSD optimization software is a must if you want to maintain your hard drive (or SSD) for lifespan-extending and sustainable speed and performance improvements.

File and free space fragmentation are inevitable. As time goes on, all the file downloading, access, editing and deleting you do results in chunks of free space scattered all over your disk (the way your system sees it), which results in slower write times and extended wait times to access files and applications.

Symptoms: Have you ever waited for a program to open or to save a file? Exactly.

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PerfectDisk 14: Windows 10 and S.M.A.R.T. Features

Download PerfectDisk 14Microsoft is beginning the official rollout of the Windows 10 launch tomorrow and PerfectDisk 14 Pro (Home Edition) is now here with Windows 10 support and S.M.A.R.T. enhancements for HDDs and SSDs!

What’s New in PerfectDisk 14 Pro
  • Support for Windows 10
  • S.M.A.R.T. enhancements:
    • Basic and Advanced Modes
    • Improved detection of S.M.A.R.T. drive failure prediction
    • Improved detection/handling of S.M.A.R.T. enabled SSD drives
    • S.M.A.R.T. alerts written to PD/Windows Application Event Log

PerfectDisk is the world’s leading disk defragmentation and optimization utility, used by large enterprises, small businesses, and home users to maximize the performance and reliability of their laptops, desktops, servers, and virtual environments.

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Avoid a PC Crash by Keeping Your Hard Drive Intact

Avoid a PC Crash by Keeping Your Hard Drive IntactDid you know a badly fragmented hard drive can crash your PC?

The NTFS file system, part of Windows from early on, continues to fragment upon everyday use, causing performance problems for all machine sizes and types, even those running the latest operating systems — including Windows 10 (read on for Windows 10 news!).

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Don’t Crash: Do Defrag

In his article, Anatomy of a PC crash: 7 scenarios, and how to avoid them, Alex Cocilova notes drive fragmentation as a cause of a PC crash and how to avoid it: [Read more...]

PerfectDisk 13 Service Pack 4 (Build 843) has been released

PerfectDisk 13 Service Pack 4 (Build 843) has been releasedPerfectDisk 13 Service Pack 4 (Build 843) has been released, which adds the ability to exclude files approaching the FAL maximum size from defragmentation operations, adds vSphere 6.0 compatibility, and fixes a Log Viewer sorting issue. [Read more...]

6 Critical Tweaks for Your New PC

7 Critical Tweaks for Your New (or Old) PCPCWorld offers a list of 7 critical things to do immediately with a new PC. Whether you have a new PC or you’re trying to hang on to an old one, here’s how to tweak some of those steps to make your computer even more efficient and secure:

“The first step is by far the most tedious. You shouldn’t muck around on the web unless your copy of Windows is fully patched and up to date, period.”

Definitely make sure your new PC is running the most up-to-date version of Windows.

Tweak: Add an extra layer of protection against activity-logging spyware that Windows and many antivirus products cannot detect. Block and quarantine keystroke, screenshot, webcam, clipboard and SSL logger malware with a free trial of PerfectGuard.

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How to Choose a Storage Device: HDD, SSD or SSHD?

How to Choose a Storage Device: HDD, SSD or SSHDAre you in the market for a new PC? Here’s a quick guide to help you decide on which technology is right for you. StorageNewsletter recently published a comparison of the available storage technologies on the market today: HDD, SSD, SSHD and PCIe SSD. We’ve summarized the advantages and disadvantages of each storage technology below.

HDD – Hard Disk Drive

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An Easy Fix for Your Slow VM Performance Explained

Raxco’s Bob Nolan explains the role of the SAN, the storage controller and the VM workflow, how each affects virtualized system performance and what system admins can do to improve slow VMware/Hyper-V performance:

There is no doubt virtualization has brought enormous efficiencies to corporate IT, but better performance is not one of the benefits companies can count on. A survey of IT managers by ZK Research indicated more than 25% of virtualization projects were rolled back to physical servers for performance reasons. That is a 1-in-4 failure rate. Queue contention, disk latency and sluggish virtual machine (VM) performance continue to plague virtualization implementations. Why is it that I/O related performance issues are still an issue as the industry moves steadily to more virtualization and SAN technology?

VMware now recommends an activity that resolves these I/O issues and this blog post explains its importance in depth. To better understand these problems we first examine what is happening at the SAN, controller and virtual machine level and their respective roles in these performance issues.

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3 Key Tools for Keeping Windows Server 2003 Viable

4 Key Tools for Keeping Windows Server 2003 ViableAs the Windows Server 2003 end of support date looms (July 14, 2015), IT professionals face a choice similar to the one they faced last year for Windows XP: upgrade or die. If they don’t upgrade their OS, they won’t receive any more security patches but with the way things have been going on Patch Tuesday lately, who knows if that’s a bad or a good thing.

While it’s generally good to keep up-to-date with the latest technology (and security that comes along with it), it may not be in every organization’s budget to upgrade all systems at once, so we have a contingency plan to keep Windows Server 2003 alive and well while you wait to upgrade all your systems or choose to stay with the status quo. No judgments here. [Read more...]