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What is Disk Fragmentation and why should I worry about it?

Disk Defragmentation is like house cleaning, but for your PC. Defragmenting your Hard Drive picks up all of the pieces of data that are spread all over your drive and puts them all back together again.

Why is defragmentation important?

Every computer suffers from the increase in file fragmentation that occurs during normal computer use, and if you don’t do something about it, your PC performance goes downhill fast.

Many of the PC's and Laptops we are asked to "repair" because their owners say they have slowed down, are usually fixed again simply by defragmenting the Hard Drive/s.

How does Fragementation occur?

Disk fragmentation occurs when a file is broken up into pieces to fit on the disk. Because files are constantly being written, deleted and resized, fragmentation is a natural occurrence. When a file is spread out over several locations, it takes longer to read and write. But the effects of fragmentation are far more widespread: Slow PC performance, long boot-times, random crashes and freeze-ups – even a complete inability to boot up at all.

Many users blame these problems on the operating system or simply think their computer is “old”, when hard disk fragmentation is most often the real culprit.

Manually running Windows own Defrag program requires you to leave your computer running for a long period of time, often overnight, and makes the computer impossible to use while the defragementation is carried out - so many people simply never bother to do it.

However, there is a far better solution - a program that runs in the background, using idle resources to keep your drive defragmented during those times your computer is on but is not very busy - it is called "Diskeeper" - and it runs in the background constantly, only using resources at times you are not. i.e. you may be browsing or writing an email (which is not very CPU intensive) or have simply left the room to grab a coffee. During these times Diskeeper is sorting the scattered fragments on your drive whilst proactively preventing any new fragmentation.

Diskeeper® performance software is the only solution that can proactively cure and prevent up to 85% of all fragmentation before it happens and then instantly defrag the rest. When what you really want is a fast, efficient computer system, fragmentation prevention is far and away the best solution. Right off the bat your computer saves all the resources that would have been wasted writing fragmented files to your hard disk drive.

For prior fragmentation and for the slight amount that isn’t prevented, Diskeeper has powerful instant defragmentation engines that run “just in time” within second or milliseconds of occurring, with zero resource conflicts.

Diskeeper runs unobtrusively in the background, maintaining like-new PC performance with no user intervention required—just “Set It and Forget It”®. While the background operation of Diskeeper is invisible and practically undetectable, the performance benefits are easy to see: Just by running Diskeeper, your PC will experience less downtime, shorter boot times, faster access rates, accelerated web browsing, quicker antivirus scans, faster applications speeds – all without any effort on your part. Plus, your PCs, laptops and servers will last up to three years longer, saving you money in unnecessary upgrade and replacement costs.

Diskeeper is a must have fragmentation prevention and defragmentation solution. Keep your systems running at optimal speed, performance, reliability and energy efficiency.

We use Diskeeper on our office machines because performance matters to us.

We highly recommend Diskeeper to all our clients:

http://www.condusiv.com/products/diskeeper/

 

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