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.

Improve Productivity and Extend the Life of Your HDD

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.

Reduce Write Amplification and Extend the Life of Your SSD

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 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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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 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...]

8 Reasons Why the Best Windows Defrag is Not the Built-in Windows Disk Defragmenter

PerfectDisk is the best defrag for Windows 7There’s a reason thousands of Microsoft MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals), MCTs (Microsoft Certified Trainers) and businesses the world over, along with millions of consumers, use PerfectDisk for their Windows defrag solution. Simply stated, PerfectDisk continues to be a superior solution to the one provided by Microsoft, and results in greatly improved performance and optimization for PCs, servers and virtualization environments.

What are some of the key differences? The list is long, but this post highlights some of the key differentiators: [Read more...]

Real-Life Success Story: PerfectDisk Enterprise Suite in Action at Fives Stein

Headquartered in Maisons-Alfort, France, Fives Stein is a leading engineering company operating in the steel and glass industries, a subsidiary of the Fives global industrial engineering group. Fives designs and supplies process equipment, production lines and turnkey plants for the world’s largest industrial groups in the aluminium, steel, glass, automotive & logistics, cement, energy and sugar markets. Fives Stein also maintains other offices in France, as well as in the United States, United Kingdom, Belgium, Spain, China, India and Russia. [Read more...]

SSD prices coming down — goes perfectly with SSD optimization

SSD optimization for SSD drives

In case you missed it, Micron last week announced its first terabyte-sized solid-state drive (SSD) for consumers, the Crucial M500, which will sell for under $600, or 60 cents per gigabyte. The new SSD almost doubles the capacity over its predecessor and comes in several versions, including an ultrathin card. A 2.5-in. laptop drive version that can hold up to 960GB of data will sell for $599.

This is just the latest example of this category, which will continue to see big price drops. An optimization tool such as PerfectDisk continues to be a valuable, cost-effective addition to extend the life of your SSD investment and improve performance. SSD optimization with PerfectDisk does not perform any defragmentation on the SSD drive, which would be detrimental. Rather, it consolidates the free space to improve write performance.

If you’re in the market or have recently acquired an SSD, enjoy your new purchase. Keep it running like new, for longer, with PerfectDisk.

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As SSDs Become More Affordable, One Issue Remains

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All-in-One Defrag across PCs, Servers & Virtualization: PerfectDisk Enterprise Suite

Over the years, as we have expanded the PerfectDisk family of products to encompass the evolving IT enterprise landscape, PerfectDisk users have benefited from optimization covering their entire terrain of Windows systems:

  • Servers
  • Desktops and laptops
  • Virtual servers in vSphere , Hyper-V and Citrix environments
  • Microsoft Exchange

This evolution has also presented a challenge to these organizations. They reap the benefits from improved performance across the entire enterprise, but there is the associated burden of license counting and budget planning, sometimes when even the organization’s plans are not set in stone.

Introducing the PerfectDisk Enterprise Suite [Read more...]