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

HDDs are the least expensive of all storage technologies; you can get twice the storage capacity on a hard disk drive than you can for the same price as an SSD however it is slower with high battery usage, and as any HDD laptop owner knows, they get heated up and noisy (and will perform slower if there is high file and free space fragmentation).

HDDs – best for: Text editing, Internet or for users that need lot of capacity they won’t use too often. Not for mission-critical applications and video games.

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How to Choose a Storage Device: HDD, SSD or SSHD?SSD – Solid-State Drive

Solid-state drives are five times faster than HDD, highly responsive with faster booting and applicaton load times. Because SSDs have no mechanics, they are quiet, use less power and battery, and don’t heat up like an HDD but they are also six times more expensive and have a shorter lifespan due to write amplification, which is made worse by regular usage.

SSDs – best for: notebooks with greater battery life, and users who need to load or process constantly a lot of files and heavy applications at the same time.

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SSHD – Solid-State Hybrid Drive

Solid-state hybrid drives combine HDD and SSD technology to give you the best of both worlds: the higher capacity storage of an HDD with the faster-performing memory of an SSD. SSHDs use the flash memory as a cache, allowing you to boot faster and frequently used applications and data to load faster, but performance can slow down when the cache is full and you get the same heat and noise as an HDD

SSHDs – best for: Users who need more performance for a few applications but also a bigger storage capacity at an affordable price.

PCIe SSD

PCIe SSDs are small and lightweight and provide quiet operation with better latency. As an SSD with flash memory assembled directly onto the PCIe card, PCIe SSDs are four times faster but 30% more expensive than SSDs.

PCIe SSDs – best for: Cloud providers, enterprises or users that need lot of performance and responsiveness for heavy applications.

Tell us about your experience with HDDs, SSDs, or hybrid drives. Which storage technology works for you?

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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...]

PerfectDisk Improves MEDITECH Server Performance

PerfectDisk Improves MEDITECH Server PerformanceHospitals running the MEDITECH healthcare information system have a significant hurdle to clear when maintaining systems for continuous uptime and maximum performance: files reaching the NTFS File Attribute List (FAL) limit.

Excessive fragmentation caused by the Windows NTFS file system creates major performance issues for MEDITECH installations and Raxco has the only cost-effective defragmentation and performance optimization solution for hospital IT administrators that doesn’t sacrifice system speed in order to do its job. [Read more...]

2 Quick Tips: National Clean Out Your Computer Day

3 Quick Tips: National Clean Out Your Computer DayHow much time do you spend waiting for your computer to respond? Opening windows, launching your web browser, starting programs, even saving your work. Do you have to wait? No, you don’t.

National Clean Out Your Computer Day originated from the Institute for Business Technology in 2000. Executed on the second Monday in February, National Clean Out Your Computer Day is a day to perform much-needed maintenance to improve performance on your computer(s).

Here at Raxco, we have a series of shortcuts you can take that are as thorough as professionally cleaning out your computer. Why waste your time if you can automate your system performance-improving maintenance? No geeks required! [Read more...]

15 Reasons to Optimize Your HDD, SSD or VM in 2015

15 Reasons to Optimize Your HDD, SSD or VM in 2015Fragmentation is still a disk performance issue in 2015 – even with Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012/2012 R2, Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere. Whether you’re using an HDD or SSD desktop or laptop PC, physical server or virtualized system, the issue of file and free space fragmentation continues to impact system performance and response times in ways you may have never realized.

Improve HDD and SSD home PC performance with PerfectDisk. (Download business editions) [Read more...]