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  1. 1. Whats the best Defragmentation Software

    • Diskeeper
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    • O&O
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    • Perfect Disk
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    • Contig
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    • Power Defragmenter
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By far NO OTHER APPLICATION does what Diskeeper does. It is vastly superior on every level, and actually recommended by Microsoft themselves. For more information on Diskeeper goto

http://www.diskeeper.com/

You can also get a free trial there to try it out before you buy it. As I can guarentee you once you've tried it you will buy it.

Here's a start A great Comparrison guide from Diskeeper including Windows Built in tool. First is Business Edition and then Home Edition;

Business Editions of Diskeeper vs. Windows Comparison Chart

Home Edition of Diskeeper vs. Windows Comparison Chart

And some white Papers;

http://www.diskeeper.com/products/document...cumentation.asp

Thank me later :whistle:

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It makes sense that Microsoft would suggest Diskeeper since they licensed it through numerous Windows versions. The built in defrag program in Windows is a stripped down version of Diskeeper.

I used the full version of Diskeeper for awhile and it caused me too many problems. I then switched to Raxco PerfectDisk which I love. I more recently experimented with O&O on my Vista x64 system. I liked the speed but my filesystem got messed up after running O&O. I've since gone back to PerfectDisk.

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It makes sense that Microsoft would suggest Diskeeper since they licensed it through numerous Windows versions. The built in defrag program in Windows is a stripped down version of Diskeeper.

I used the full version of Diskeeper for awhile and it caused me too many problems. I then switched to Raxco PerfectDisk which I love. I more recently experimented with O&O on my Vista x64 system. I liked the speed but my filesystem got messed up after running O&O. I've since gone back to PerfectDisk.

Considering the core of Diskeeper and windows defrag are so radically different from each other I highly doubt Microsoft has stripped down Diskeeper to use in its own software. I also believe that Diskeeper would NEVER allow such a thing as they would make more from us than they ever would with Microsoft. I implore you to show evidence of your claims as Microsoft has no affiliation to Diskeeper. What problems did you have with Diskeeper may I ask? How long ago? And did you attempt to rectify them using Diskeepers Phenomenal support network? Just curious. I recommend Diskeeper to all of my clients and have never heard nor seen a sign of any issue with it. EVER! I currently own three different Copies (ALL licenced through and downloaded from Diskeeper Corporation) and All three do what they do without complaint, and without issues. Even the old Versions only had minor bugs which were always addressed and fixed.

Was your "Full Version" by chance Warez as you cannot guarentee that Warez is the actual software you are looking for, quite the opposite really, I can almost guarentee that it is most definatly the opposite case. Anyway, Don't take my word for it. Millions of proffessionals can't be wrong! Even take a look in the forums to see WHO recommends what and Im sure you'll see more than a few trends.

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@TheUrbanMyth

Does the fact that the site you have in your profile actually sells Diskeeper and Avast based solutions:

http://www.msfn.org/board/How-good-is-AVG-...1.html&st=4

has anything to do with your attitude? :unsure:

And yes, windows 2000 had a stripped down version of Diskeeper 5:

http://www.diskeeper.com/eletter/previous/...1999110241.html

http://www.diskeeper.com/eletter/previous/...1999110255.html

And yes, Windows XP has a stripped down version of Diskeeper 6.

And yes, Server 2003 has a stripped down version of Diskeeper ?.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diskeeper

You do not seem to be very aware about the history of Diskeeper. :whistle:

jaclaz

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Considering the core of Diskeeper and windows defrag are so radically different from each other I highly doubt Microsoft has stripped down Diskeeper to use in its own software. I also believe that Diskeeper would NEVER allow such a thing as they would make more from us than they ever would with Microsoft.

How so? As I said the built-in defrag was stripped down meaning it was less powerful. To get more functionality you could pay for the full version. Diskeeper Corporation used to be Executive Software. They made money off Microsoft licensing the stripped down version that was part of the installed OS.

I implore you to show evidence of your claims as Microsoft has no affiliation to Diskeeper.

Do some searching on the web. This is not a new revelation. The XP built-in defrag was definitely the stripped down Diskeeper. Executive Software did offer a free version at one point and I don't know what the differences were between that and what was part of Windows.

I must correct myself. I believe Diskeeper was used in XP and the newer NT-based OSes. Symantec holds some of the ownership of the Windows 98 built-in defrag software. I have no idea about ME and Vista.

What problems did you have with Diskeeper may I ask? How long ago? And did you attempt to rectify them using Diskeepers Phenomenal support network? Just curious.

I had issues updating and uninstalling on multiple systems. In short, I couldn't uninstall the software in some cases without reformatting. I did go through support and the results, in the end, were just not enough for me to wish to continue using the product. As for a time period of when I used the software... the company was still Executive Software back then and I've been using PerfectDisk for quite some time. I can't give a definitive answer.

I recommend Diskeeper to all of my clients and have never heard nor seen a sign of any issue with it. EVER! I currently own three different Copies (ALL licenced through and downloaded from Diskeeper Corporation) and All three do what they do without complaint, and without issues. Even the old Versions only had minor bugs which were always addressed and fixed.

Good for you. We are all entitled to our opinions and likes and dislikes.

Was your "Full Version" by chance Warez as you cannot guarentee that Warez is the actual software you are looking for, quite the opposite really, I can almost guarentee that it is most definatly the opposite case.

Sorry if I have to roll my eyes. You don't even know me and you suggest this? The Diskeeper software was fully licensed by me until I let the license lapse due to my not using it anymore. My Raxco software is fully licensed by me and I continually update the license as needed. The O&O software I used I was evaluating with the trial version.

I would advise you to bite your tongue before replying to other people like this in the future. I made a simple post and noted I had issues and in your vehement support for Diskeeper you have all but flat out accused me of being a person who used warez. I don't take kindly to that. You've made a false assumption both about my knowledge and that I'm a pirate. Very offensive.

Anyway, Don't take my word for it. Millions of proffessionals can't be wrong! Even take a look in the forums to see WHO recommends what and Im sure you'll see more than a few trends.

I read a lot of forums and I also see a lot of people recommend O&O and Raxco over Diskeeper. As I said, people are entitled to their opinions and their likes and dislikes. I, personally, do not like Diskeeper and have my valid reasons for that.

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By far NO OTHER APPLICATION does what Diskeeper does. It is vastly superior on every level

Oh please. Every other major defragmenter does everything Diskeeper does, and then some. Care to elaborate about all those very special features that only Diskeeper has and that makes it oh-so-great? I have a hunch it'll be a VERY short list (~0 lines), or one filled with factual errors.

I can't even think of any way how it's superior to O&O and Perfectdisk, much the inverse. If anything, it sounds to me like you never used anything else, or much like jaclaz says, that your opinion is heavily biased towards what makes you money/stuff you sell.

And talking about money, that's a place where Diskeeper is "greater" for sure -- charging more $ for the same feature set.

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And talking about money, that's a place where Diskeeper is "greater" for sure -- charging more $ for the same feature set.

This is one place where Diskeeper is shooting themselves in the foot. I can name quite a few people I know who have disks or arrays that are greater than 1TB in size. Heck - my desktop at home uses two 640GB drives in RAID0, breaking their 1TB barrier. On that basis alone, there's no way that I'll spend $99 on Diskeeper Pro Premier when PerfectDisk Professional will do just fine - for $39. Not to mention - I can get a three pack of PD2008 Pro for $69.

As for my storage array (8x1TB RAID5), $1000 for Diskeeper Enterprise server? No thanks. I'll happily pay $100 for PerfectDisk Server though.

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This is one place where Diskeeper is shooting themselves in the foot. I can name quite a few people I know who have disks or arrays that are greater than 1TB in size. Heck - my desktop at home uses two 640GB drives in RAID0, breaking their 1TB barrier. On that basis alone, there's no way that I'll spend $99 on Diskeeper Pro Premier when PerfectDisk Professional will do just fine - for $39. Not to mention - I can get a three pack of PD2008 Pro for $69.

As for my storage array (8x1TB RAID5), $1000 for Diskeeper Enterprise server? No thanks. I'll happily pay $100 for PerfectDisk Server though.

I purchased PerfectDisk years ago and due to their Upgrade Protection program I have continuously gotten updates through the years for all 9 USD a year. I don't pay for upgrades for major or minor versions. Yeah, I'm definitely loving the cost issue with PerfectDisk on top of the fact that is simply a solid program.

All software has bugs at times. That's a fact of life. By the way TheUrbanMyth talks you would think that Diskeeper has never ever had any bugs at all. It's simply infallible. Give me a break. I hadn't even looked at their profile until it was pointed out that they sell Diskeeper. No wonder their support for Diskeeper is so rabid and also explains why they so quickly all but said I was a pirate. The insinuation was clear, however.

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@TheUrbanMyth

Does the fact that the site you have in your profile actually sells Diskeeper and Avast based solutions:

http://www.msfn.org/board/How-good-is-AVG-...1.html&st=4

has anything to do with your attitude? :unsure:

And yes, windows 2000 had a stripped down version of Diskeeper 5:

http://www.diskeeper.com/eletter/previous/...1999110241.html

http://www.diskeeper.com/eletter/previous/...1999110255.html

And yes, Windows XP has a stripped down version of Diskeeper 6.

And yes, Server 2003 has a stripped down version of Diskeeper ?.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diskeeper

You do not seem to be very aware about the history of Diskeeper. :whistle:

jaclaz

In answer to your question I have been an IT Consultant and Technician for many years, and NO I do not Promote because I sell, I sell because I believe that people can benefit from the best software available. Quite frankly you are very correct in your statement concerning my knowledge of their history and due to this forums topics and information share I will investigate it further as it is good to know what you are talking about, isn't it? But I am aware of the product and what its capabilities are and I still firmly stand behind it. Diskeeper like any other corporation is going to have its faults, but here we have strayed from the point. Diskeeper Defragmentation Software is superior in my eyes. And that is all I intended to say.

I and others whom I employ spend a great deal of time searching for new solutions to better our clients and partners. We have found few who stand above the rest and YES, we promote the ones that do. I joined this forum for three reasons.

1. To gain information from knowledgable sources and to explore possibilies for new and undevoured technology and information.

2. To share based on my personal, and my companies knowledgbase to somehow help others find the answers they seek easily as I personally understand how difficult it is to find the answers we all seek everyday.

3. To Learn and communicate with others with the same fundemental values, needs, and knowledge.

As you are also I am sure. Thank you for your relevant information, I asked and was answered and I hope this can continue as we are all here in the pursuit of something, better, bigger, and beyond ourselves.

Diskeeper like any other corporation is going to have its faults, but here we have strayed from the point. Diskeeper Defragmentation Software is superior in my eyes. And that is all I intended to say. Oh and btw, Diskeeper 6 Is by FAR NOT a good comparrison to the current build of 10+ in 2008 Editions. :P NOT even close to comparing. STRIPPED TO THE MAX. Tell me what functionality they do have that would resemble Diskeepers or Perfect Disks in any way shape or form.

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Just to show myself some actual performance results I went diggin a bit and this is what I found. The first one Seems sided towards Perfect Disk. I kept in mind the tests are pretty similar so I thought of what I look for in a defragment software.

1.) Performance. I've not doubted Diskeeper in quite a while but this is what I've found.

Defragment Performance Test

In this I could only find that the Resources used are much more user friendly on the Diskeeper end of it, but who doesn't have extra resources alot of the time.

So now I'm thinking.....

2.) Cost. Here's what I found

Value-Comparison

May I add though at a user level Both products will suffice to the extreme, the only major difference it seems being that Perfect Disk doesn't defrag over a Network, and that there is no other advanced enterprise functions.

So I'm coming around.....Suffice it to say, I will be installing it tonight and I will reconsider my stand on Diskeeper. I am not alone though It seems the majority in the poll feel the same way I do. Maybe this will help someone decide. Seems like we have acieved at least one goal here. Thanks to everyone who shared valueable info. Dare I say I may just stick with Diskeeper yet, Time and Tests will tell.

:thumbup

EDIT-And I am sorry to the Mod and Admin for the double post I honestly thought someone else would have posted before I got to the end of this.

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I can name quite a few people I know who have disks or arrays that are greater than 1TB in size.

I'd be one of those people too, 12 HDs just in this box alone...

Heck - my desktop at home uses two 640GB drives in RAID0, breaking their 1TB barrier. On that basis alone, there's no way that I'll spend $99 on Diskeeper Pro Premier

Yes, DK has plenty of such artificial limitations/limits. The home version is x86-only (wtf?), has a 1TB limit, and no I-FAAST, no Frag Shield. I'd also be forced to spend $99 per PC on the Pro Premier, which is still artificially limited despite the high cost: no Terabyte Volume Engine/2TB limit (I can already foresee that being a problem with cheap 1TB drives, and yes, $1000 price tag then!), still no centralized admin console (you need the $250 admin app for that), etc.

PerfectDisk indeed does do a GREAT job of defragmenting (better than DisKeeper IMO) and has better features. And even their $39 product (Pro version) has no artificial drive/array size limitations whatsoever, works fine with the free (and better) centralized admin console and everything else. And yes, if you have more than one PC, there's also bundles, 3 licenses for $23/PC which is a great price for home users (DK Pro is 4x the price, and is still limited)

PerfectDisk is not only much better priced, but also offers more standard features, and has other specialized versions for VMware (defrags inside VMs) and Exchange Servers (defrags the data store itself) for which DisKeeper has no solution AFAIK.

Most people who recommend DK do it because it's the name they know, not out of technical merit.

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@The Urban Myth

Allright :), to try and clarify, this is a question:

Does anyone know where the built-in defragging programs in Windows 2K/XP/2003 came from?

You can tell by the ending question mark and the use of the auxiliary verb "do". ;)

The one you posted is an affirmation:

Considering the core of Diskeeper and windows defrag are so radically different from each other I highly doubt Microsoft has stripped down Diskeeper to use in its own software. I also believe that Diskeeper would NEVER allow such a thing as they would make more from us than they ever would with Microsoft. I implore you to show evidence of your claims as Microsoft has no affiliation to Diskeeper.

Totally and utterly based on at least partially false premises.

Anyone reading the above sentence is induced to think:

1) that you actually compared the "core" (whatever it is) of Diskeeper with Windows defragging

2) that you have the technical knowledge to do the above

3) that you found profound differences

4) that you are deeply informed in the Commercial and licensing agreements between MS and Diskeeper (was Executive Software)

Then you challenge another user to provide evidence contrasting your apodictical claim that Microsoft has no affiliation to Diskeeper, giving the latter as a known fact, but without providing any support for it.

Then you go on, unneedingly hinting that the other user is a WAREZ user:

Was your "Full Version" by chance Warez as you cannot guarentee that Warez is the actual software you are looking for, quite the opposite really, I can almost guarentee that it is most definatly the opposite case.

And you top the above with the old rhetorical trick of "everyone does this, thus it can't be wrong":

Anyway, Don't take my word for it. Millions of proffessionals can't be wrong! Even take a look in the forums to see WHO recommends what and Im sure you'll see more than a few trends.

The fact that (supposedly) millions :w00t: of (supposedly) professionals :blink: use this program instead of another may show (once documented) a trend, not in the least prove the superiority of software "A" over software "B".

And, besides, the needs of a professional may not be the same of an amateur or of a home user.

I do appreciate your newish "declared" approach:

I joined this forum for three reasons.

1. To gain information from knowledgable sources and to explore possibilies for new and undevoured technology and information.

2. To share based on my personal, and my companies knowledgbase to somehow help others find the answers they seek easily as I personally understand how difficult it is to find the answers we all seek everyday.

3. To Learn and communicate with others with the same fundemental values, needs, and knowledge.

As you are also I am sure. Thank you for your relevant information, I asked and was answered and I hope this can continue as we are all here in the pursuit of something, better, bigger, and beyond ourselves.

In conclusion:

Diskeeper like any other corporation is going to have its faults, but here we have strayed from the point. Diskeeper Defragmentation Software is superior in my eyes. And that is all I intended to say.

Good. :thumbup:)

As long as you use expressions like AFAIK, "in my eyes" and so on, it's your personal opinion, and as thus is sacred here, when you induce people to think that your opinion is somehow superior to that of other people because of your background or experience, or it is a known fact, you will be challenged to support it with facts, references, test results, and the like.

I hope that apart this initial misunderstanding, you will become an active member and contribute to the board your experience and knowledge. :)

jaclaz

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@The Urban Myth

Good. :thumbup:)

As long as you use expressions like AFAIK, "in my eyes" and so on, it's your personal opinion, and as thus is sacred here, when you induce people to think that your opinion is somehow superior to that of other people because of your background or experience, or it is a known fact, you will be challenged to support it with facts, references, test results, and the like.

I hope that apart this initial misunderstanding, you will become an active member and contribute to the board your experience and knowledge. :)

jaclaz

I shall be editing my posts a little more carefully in the future, Thank you for your support, feedback, challanges, information, and suggestions. Again, this is my opinion and I am open to considering others. You are also right Trends do NOT mean that it is superior, and considering we have to very excellent products on the top of the list for this debate/conversation I would say its irrelevant, but I am happy that the information is now fresh in the post and that people have some great ideas on what is a good product for defragmenting their computers, professional, or personal. Thank you also for your welcoming comments and I will be here for some time to share and to learn.

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