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 7 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 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...]

4 Great Reasons to Use RamDisk Plus on Your Windows PC (OS: 8, 7, Vista or XP)

4 Great Reasons to Use RamDisk Plus on Your Windows PC (OS: 8, 7, Vista or XP)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...]

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...]

How to Extend the Life of Your SSD Hard Drive, Part 2

How to Extend the Life of Your SSD Hard Drive, Part 2In 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...]

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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How to Extend the Life of Your SSD Hard Drive, Part 1

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...]

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...]