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...]
There’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 7 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...]
Using RAM disks with your Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP operating system has tremendous benefits, like the four listed below – and RamDisk Plus is the only RAM disk solution that works with unmanaged RAM from 32-bit systems. Plus traditional drives aren’t the only ones that benefit from a RAM disk – read on to see how RamDisk Plus improves SSD performance and longevity! [Read more...]
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...]
In Part 1 of this 2-part series on how to extend the life of your SSD hard drive, we discussed the issue of write amplification and how it negatively affects flash memory and SSD performance.
The basic explanation of how to extend the life of your solid state drive is to reduce writes to it. Your SSD’s flash memory must be erased before it is written to, so the multiple writes required for a single write “amplify” the effect of your attempted write. This wear on the drive reduces the lifespan of your SSD plus it decreases random write performance.
As discussed in Part 1, the first way to combat this is through a process designed specifically to improve SSD performance by consolidating fragmented free space, resulting in more efficient TRIM operations, subsequently reducing write amplification. But there is another way to accomplish reduced writes to your SSD. [Read more...]
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.
While super-fast SSD hard drives have become the norm and SSD prices drop below $1/GB, this newer technology is more accessible to the masses but one issue remains: the limited life expectancy of the SSD.
As SSDs Become More Affordable, One Issue Remains
The first solid state drives went for as much as $2,000/GB in 2000. SSD prices have dropped from $3/GB in 2010 to $1/GB today1, with a large amount under $1/GB when you consider the price after mail-in rebates. According to Storage Newsletter, today’s lowest priced SSDs include: [Read more...]
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:
- 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...]
We’re going to stay out of the political debate here, but at some level, Raxco Software and PerfectDisk are in the thick and heat of the battle. When we talk to our major partners such as Microsoft, VMware, HP, Citrix and others, they’ll often ask what industries we focus on for marketing PerfectDisk. The answer, of course, is that the PerfectDisk family of products serves a horizontal market — across industries, as well as across business and agency size, from large to small, and even for consumers of all types. Whatever type of business, whatever size — if the business uses Windows PCs and servers, we have a solution to help maximize the business’ investment in its hardware. Our solutions not only extend the life of hardware investments, but they also help organizations’ employees be more productive, which helps the bottom line. [Read more...]
By now, most of the world knows that SSD drives should not be defragmented — defragmentation wears on SSDs and shortens their life. Which is why PerfectDisk has a special SSD Optimize feature, which does not defrag an SSD; rather it optimizes the drive by consolidating the free space. This results in faster write performance; it does not affect read performance.
Computer Power User magazine (digital edition available at www.computerpoweruser.com) is one of my favorite publications for seeing the latest in hardware and software related to PCs and servers. The information is presented in a concise manner, and it’s a good place to obtain an overview of latest releases of numerous products. Case in point — the October edition has a short and sweet article entitled Intel SSDs — The Right Tools for the Job. The article briefly points out advantages of SSDs, and points out that “one size does not fit all,” and gets into options with Intel SSDs. The article breaks down Intel’s SSDs into 3 categories: [Read more...]