How to Solve Your Slow SharePoint Performance and Backup Problems

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:

  • How to Solve Your Slow SharePoint Search and Backup ProblemsDocuments, such as client deliverables and reports
  • Project schedules and task lists
  • Media, such as training videos
  • Enterprise search
  • Websites

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.

See How PerfectDisk Server Reduced Server Backup Times from 12+ Hours Down to 3.5 Hours [Read more...]

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About SSDs (But Were Afraid to Ask)

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About SSDs (But Were Afraid to Ask)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...]

The Desktop is Not Dead: Long Live the Hard Drive!

The Desktop is Not Dead; It’s Not Even on Its Last LegIt’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...]

NEW: PerfectDisk 13 for Windows 8.1, Server 2012 R2 & Server Essentials

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...]

Sorry Tablet: The PC is Not Going Anywhere Anytime Soon

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.

Optimize Your Hard Drive for Speed, Efficiency and Longer Life

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How to Make Your Old PC Hardware Act Like a Brand New Super-Fast SSD

How to Make Your Old PC Hardware Act Like a Brand New Super-Fast SSDWhen 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.”

Last month in PCWorld, Lincoln Spector explained how to speed up a slow PC without buying new hardware. Tips included closing resource-hogging processes, disabling auto-loading programs from startup, and multi-tasking less often.

3 Cost-Effective Steps to Get Your Old PC Behaving Like a Super-Fast SSD

Cleaning out Windows can help with your system speed but Raxco’s got some permanent speed boosters for your PC, and they’re inexpensive alternatives to buying new hardware or scrapping your old PC. They all address different areas of your system to provide multi-level PC speed improvement.

How to Make Your Old PC Hardware Act Like a Brand New Super-Fast SSD1. RamDisk Plus (Download a 14-Day Free Trial)

The ultimate immediate speed-boost. Create a single or multiple RAM disks on any Windows PC – including Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1 – and use it to speed up everything you do. RamDisk Plus is also the only RAM disk software that can access and use RAM trapped above 3.2-4GB in 32-bit systems, so you get access to all that extra RAM — which would otherwise be hidden from your system and unusable — to speed up your PC.

RamDisk Plus gives you 50 times faster random read and write speeds on HDDs (PCs with traditional hard drives) – 10 times faster than SSDs! Solid-state drives are known for their amazing speeds…and high prices. So if you’re considering buying an SSD, you can get 10 times better-than-SSD speeds with RamDisk Plus without shelling out the big bucks.

*If you have an SSD, RamDisk Plus can help extend the life of your drive by reducing write amplification, redirecting writes to the RAM disk instead of your SSD.

2. PerfectDisk (Download a 30-Day Free Trial)

Fragmentation slows down drive performance on old and new PCs, including read/write speeds on HDDs and write speeds on SSDs. Fragmentation is an inevitable on all PCs. No system – not Windows 8.1, 8, 7, Vista or XP – is immune to it.

If your system is slow to open or edit files in photo editing or video editing software, document or spreadsheet programs, or you’re experiencing texture pop-in with PC games, fragmentation is most likely the culprit.

PerfectDisk, Raxco’s flagship defragmentation and optimization software trusted by thousands of power users and IT professionals, prevents fragmentation with zero impact on system performance and eliminates existing file and free space fragmentation with an intelligent, energy-efficient optimization strategy designed to reduce the rate of refragmentation. PerfectDisk ensures your hard drive or SSD is running as fast as it possibly can.

How to Make Your Old PC Hardware Act Like a Brand New Super-Fast SSD3. PerfectRegistry (Start Free Scan)

Some Windows registry cleaners are a dime a dozen, promising to speed up your PC and eliminate registry errors. PerfectRegistry is an aggressive registry cleaner, it will eliminate more invalid registry entries than your typical registry cleaner, and it provides a backup and restore feature that allows you to undo a cleaning but it also defragments your registry from the inside – a different type of defrag than PerfectDisk provides – and compacts the registry, resulting in faster boot times and generally quicker Windows operation.

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NEW: PerfectDisk 13 w/Windows 8.1 Support is 20% Faster, More Flexible

PerfectDisk 13
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...]

Storage Wars: SSD Gains on HDD…But Everybody Wins with PerfectDisk

Storage Wars: SSD Gains on HDD…But Everybody Wins with PerfectDiskSSDs are challenging HDDs as the “king” of storage media. StorageNewsletter recently published research by Neuralytix predicting the HDD vs. SSD storage wars will escalate up until 2016 with SSD vendors having an edge on traditional disk manufacturers however both sides of the storage media war come out winners, in terms of performance and lifespan, with PerfectDisk. [Read more...]

PerfectDisk 12.5 Compatibility w/ Windows 8.1 & Windows Server 2012 R2

PerfectDisk and Windows 8.1 support

While the launch of PerfectDisk 13 has encountered some unexpected delays due to issues upgrading earlier versions of PerfectDisk to PerfectDisk 13, as well as infrastructure updates that were necessary to support the release, Windows 8.1 waits for no one…but we have released a hotfix for PerfectDisk 12.5 to allow it to run on Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2.
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Defrag Guest Systems to Reduce Disk Latency – VMware Says So!

Well, I guess you would expect Raxco Software to tell the world that disk defragmentation and free space consolidation in guest systems reduce disk latency and therefore helps improve your virtualization performance. After all, that’s the goal of PerfectDisk vSphere and PerfectDisk Hyper-V running in virtualization environments.

But did you know that VMware recommends doing this? [Read more...]