This latest version was supposed to be released earlier this year, but if it does what it purports, it will have been worth the wait.

Instead of merely taking care of disk fragmentation after it occurs, as has been done in its products previously, this version is built to try to avoid fragmentation of the drive. Form the white papers I have seen on this, it seems to mimic much of what allows any of the *nixes to keep from fragmenting the drive. So to users of those operating systems, this is not that special, but to those used to the file systems of Microsoft, it is revolutionary.

The further explanation comes from an article in ComputerWorld

Diskeeper Corp. today launched software that it says prevents up to 85% of hard drive fragmentation on Microsoft Windows systems, thereby improving performance and virtually eliminating the scheduled, automatic or manual task of defragmentation.

Diskeeper originally announced it would release Diskeeper 2010 in August.

The software uses a new technology called IntelliWrite, which optimizes file placement on disks to prevent fragmentation from occurring, thereby increasing read and write speeds, the company claimed. By curtailing the excessive I/Os associated with fragmentation, wear and tear on the drive should also be greatly reduced, resulting in extended hardware life.

Diskeeper 2010 also optimizes file access utilizing its I-FAAST technology. “Behind the scenes, free space is consolidated, further reducing the chances of future fragmentation, and the location of the most commonly used files is optimized for faster access. All of this occurs with zero impact on system resources,” the company said in a statement.

Diskeeper, which is offering a free 30 day trial of its Diskeeper 2010 software, said its new product enhances enterprise network performance, as well, by eliminating the defragmentation process on servers and reducing energy consumption.

They were doing so well until the part about system resources. Only a buffoon would believe there is zero impact, but as in the past, Diskeeper Corporation has refined its program to do a very good job with little impact on the system.

The article concludes with a testimonial –

Joseph L. Marion, a principal at Healthcare Integration Strategies LLC, said he uses speech recognition technology for notes transcription and has noticed a big difference in system performance since using Diskeeper 2010.

“This is a major advantage for disk-intensive applications. The performance for achieving proactive fixes vs. reactive was very fast — I noticed a significant shift within one day,” he said in a statement.

David Yohn, the director of Marchi Thermal Systems in Redwood City, Calif., said that Diskeeper 2010 performs its functions much faster than earlier versions did, and the improved disk optimization translates into a faster system. “Every function seems faster, especially those that use large disk files like PhotoShop or AutoCAD,” he said in a statement. “I was afraid that the IntelliWrite feature might become a system resource hog and slow performance, but the opposite is indeed the fact.”

All this and a bag of chips! Seriously, if the trial does what it says, I’ll be buying a copy, something i have not found the need to do in the last 3 iterations of Diskeeper.

The only problem with this will come in cases of power and memory glitches. It will be like back in the days of caching controller cards without the use of a UPS. All it takes is a memory problem or a brownout, and your drive is shredded. Some of these types of problems are taken care of in the *nix world by the use of journaling file systems. For now, NTFS is better than FAT, but it is not like having a true journaling file system. Using this product without a UPS is probably not wise if you are concerned about data loss.

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Diskeeper 2010 claims to make these work better, and last longer.

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