PerfectDisk 13 Service Pack 3 (Build 842) has been released, with updates fixing the SMART drive temperature, Hyper-V Host and Guest and XP issues in the PerfectDisk client and license pane and defrag monitoring pane issues in the console. [Read more...]
PerfectDisk 13 Service Pack 2 (Build 821) includes feature enhancements, including ReFS and Cluster Shared Volume (CSVFS) support, as well as bug fixes. All changes have been listed below.
ReFS Defrag and Fragmentation Prevention
New to PerfectDisk 13 SP2 is support for ReFS. ReFS is found in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012/2012 R2. ReFS is NOT found in earlier versions of Windows.
The vSphere 5.1 documentation has a section entitled Disk I/O Performance Enhancement Advice that offers 12 actions that can be taken to improve I/O on virtual machine. The second recommendation is:
“Defragment the file systems on the all the guests.”
The most common performance complaints in a virtualized environment are:
- clogged queues,
- poor disk latency,
- I/O congestion, and
- sluggish virtual machines.
VMware saw these conditions occurred when guest file systems are badly fragmented. The recommendation to defragment guest file systems is an effort to solve the problem at its source. [Read more...]
SharePoint search not working and backups taking too long? SharePoint, Microsoft’s multi-functional collaboration software, is used to increase efficiency and productivity by centralizing information and applications, including:
- Documents, such as client deliverables and reports
- Project schedules and task lists
- Media, such as training videos
- Enterprise search
However, due to the growth of usage rates within organizations, SharePoint’s popularity is inevitably slowing down performance due to the significant I/O of all the resource-intensive activities that take place on it, especially that of search and backup times, to the point it is becoming less efficient and more of a drain on system resources. But there is a way to reverse this trend.
While the verdict is in on SSD optimization (consolidate free space instead of defragging your SSD), we still get a lot of questions about optimizing SSD write performance with PerfectDisk. Here are some of the most useful SSD performance threads discussed in the Raxco User Community: [Read more...]
It’s hard to look at a technology, IT or even marketing publication these days without seeing the latest research study or article on the decline or even the end of the PC era.
“PC sales see a sharp decline worldwide” (Washington Post)
“PC market suffers worst decline ever” (MacRumors)
“PC sales go into a tailspin” (Wall Street Journal)
“PC market saw its biggest drop yet in 2013 with 10 percent decline” (The Inquirer)
“Worldwide PC shipments declined 6.9 percent in Q4 2013″ (Gartner)
“Intel to reduce global workforce by 5% amid PC sales decline” (Financial Post)
“PC shipments post the steepest decline ever in a single quarter” (IDC>
Wow! Even in today’s 24×7 sensational news environment, these headlines scream “the PC is dead!” At least to the casual or uninformed observer. [Read more...]
PerfectDisk 13 Business Editions, including support for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2, as well as PerfectDisk 13 Home Server, including support for Windows Server 2012 Essentials (and WHS 2011 and WHS v1) are finally here! PerfectDisk 13 is faster, offers increased flexibility and customization and has new features for optimizing SSD performance and lifespan. [Read more...]
In 2014, tablets will comprise 50% of the total PC market (desktops, laptops and tablets) while shipments of desktops and laptops continue to decline. Despite this news, the traditional desktop/laptop PC is not dead…and it’s not disappearing anytime soon, if you look at the behavior of the people who actually own tablets. The traditional PC will remain relevant for a long time to come, so it would be wise to keep our desktops and laptops in the best condition possible for all the work that will continue to be required of them.
When your PC’s performance winds down to a slow crawl it’s tempting to toss your old hardware for a shiny new tablet or laptop, especially with the latest solid-state drive technology to run circles around your old hard drive’s speed, but that can be quite expensive. There are more cost-effective ways to achieve like-new PC speeds, and in some cases, even better speed than an SSD can provide.
“If a once-fast computer has slowed to a crawl, you can’t really blame the hardware. Sure, you may be able to improve speed by adding RAM, upgrading the CPU, or replacing the hard drive with an SSD. But none of those solutions–all of which cost money–address the underlying problem. Your hardware isn’t underpowered. It’s overloaded.”
PerfectDisk 13 Pro for home users is finally here! It’s faster, offers increased flexibility and customization and it supports Windows 8.1. We’ve also got some new features for SSDs. [Read more...]