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!).

Extend the Life of Your Hard Drive or SSD with PerfectDisk (Download Business Editions)

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...]

7 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 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.

“Install your favorite browser”

You may be used to using Internet Explorer, or you may want to install Chrome, Firefox, another browser.

Tweak: Whether you install a new browser or use the built-in IE, you can make your chosen web browser(s) react faster and keep your browsing history private by placing your browser cache on a RAM disk. When your browser cache is located on a RAM disk, it is automatically cleared at shutdown. Follow the instructions for your web browser here. [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...]

Windows 10: Free Upgrade, Features and PerfectDisk

Windows 10: Free Upgrade, Features and PerfectDiskWindows 10 is going to be free for some lucky Windows PC and Windows Phone users running Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and/or Windows Phone 8.1 on their devices in the first year after its launch.

Optimize Your Windows Hard Drive

New Features in Windows 10

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Managing Performance When Data Growth Runs Rampant

Data growth is outpacing storage solutions.

According to the International Data Corporation’s (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Disk Storage Systems Tracker, storage sales were up Y2Y in Q3 2014. As reported in StorageNewsletter:

Total worldwide disk storage systems factory revenue grew 5.1% year over year to nearly $8.8 billion during 3Q14…

Total disk storage systems capacity shipped was 25EB. New capacity shipments grew 42% year over year during the quarter.

But the biggest market impact came from sales of storage systems by Original Design Manufacturers (ODM) directly to hyperscale datacenters. Revenue generated by this newly tracked set of complete and partially built storage systems grew 22% during the quarter and accounted for 43% of all capacity consumed.”

The open networked disk storage market (NAS combined with non-mainframe SAN) was up 2.1% year over year to $5.1 billion in revenue. External storage systems increased 0.9% to $5.8 billion in revenue.

Data Growth Outpacing Storage Solutions

Storage sales follow forecasts for ever-growing data. A recent study conducted by long-term data storage company Storiant found that:

  • 60% of CIOs say data will outpace their company’s storage solution in 12 months or less
  • 46% of CIOs retain data for 6-10 years due to regulatory and compliance needs
  • Assuming that budgets remain flat, 46% of CIOs say they will have to be selective about which data to keep if they maintain their current storage solution

Older, cold data, that is accessed infrequently is still being stored for compliance purposes, leaving less room for new data that is accessed more frequently.

Keeping Operations Running at Peak Performance Levels

No matter your storage solution (even at home, the more data you create, the more videos, photos, documents, spreadsheets and applications on your PC) one thing remains clear: when you need access to your data you need it fast. The more data you have, the more important it is to keep files – and the free space around them – defragmented and contiguous for faster access.

Anyone who uses PerfectDisk across their network of PCs, servers and virtualized systems knows the maintenance of that data is critical to performance across the entire network – during the active workday to aid in productivity (of employees and of the systems their data is stored and accessed from) and during downtime, when employees are gone for the night or weekend but when systems are still working, especially during physical server and virtualization backups:

  • PerfectDisk’s SMARTPlacement™ disk optimization algorithm provides the best balance between file performance, improved boot times and preventing refragmentation. Boot files are placed at the front of the disk followed by Directories, Rarely Modified, Occasionally Modified and Recently Modified files. The remaining free space is consolidated at the end of the disk to allow for contiguous writing of data.
  • PerfectDisk’s OptiWrite® technology prevents fragmentation from occurring in the first place (and without sacrificing system speed in doing so). OptiWrite reduces the amount of defragmentation energy and resources needed to keep your system running optimally.

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PerfectDisk 13 SP3 (Build 842) has been released

PerfectDiskPerfectDisk 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...]

NEW: Optimize ReFS and Cluster Shared Volumes (CSVFS) with PerfectDisk

Optimize ReFS and Cluster Shared Volumes (CSVFS) with PerfectDiskPerfectDisk 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.
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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...]

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...]