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The weakest link in computer performance is the hard disk. It is at least 100,000 times slower than RAM and over 2 million times slower than the CPU. In terms of computer performance, the hard disk is the primary bottleneck. File fragmentation directly affects the access and write speed of that hard disk, steadily corrupting computer performance to unviable levels. Because all computers suffer from fragmentation, this is a critical issue to resolve.

What is fragmentation?

Fragmentation, by definition, means "the state of being fragmented," or “something is broken into parts that are detached, isolated or incomplete.” Fragmentation is essentially little bits of data or information that are spread over a large disk area causing your hard drive to work harder and slower than it has to just to read a single file, thus affecting overall computer performance.

Disk fragmentation is a natural occurrence and is constantly accumulating each and every time you use your computer. In fact, the more you use your PC, the more it builds-up fragmentation and over time your PC is liable to experience random crashes, freeze-ups and eventually the inability to boot up at all. Sound familiar? And you thought you needed a new PC.

Imagine if you had a piece of paper and you tore it up into a 100 small pieces and threw it up in the air like confetti. That is fragmentation and it is what happens to the data on your hard drive every time you save a file. Now imagine having to collect each of those pieces and put them back together again just to read the document. That is defragmentation. The question is simple. Why defrag your hard drive after the fact, when you can prevent the majority of fragmentation in the first place.

Diskeeper® performance software with IntelliWrite® technology gets to the heart of the problem by proactively preventing up to 85% of the fragmentation every system suffers from. By intelligently writing files to the disk without fragmentation, your hard drive read/write heads can then read a file that is all lined up side by side in one location, rather than jumping to multiple spots just to access a single file. Just like shopping, if you have to go to multiple stores to get what you want, it simply takes longer. By curing and preventing the fragmentation up front, and then instantly defragging the rest, you experience a whole new level of computer performance, speed and efficiency.

Is there more than one type of fragmentation?

Yes. Fragmentation can take two forms: file fragmentation and free space fragmentation.

“File fragmentation causes performance problems when reading files, while free space fragmentation causes performance problems when creating and extending files.” In addition, fragmentation also opens the door to a host of reliability issues. Having just a few key files fragmented can lead to an unstable system and errors.

Problems caused by fragmentation include:

System Reliability:
  • Crashes and system hangs
  • File corruption and data loss
  • Boot up failures
  • Aborted backup due to lengthy backup times
  • Errors in and conflict between applications
  • Hard drive failures
  • Compromised data security
  • System slows and performance degradations
  • Slow boot up times
  • Increase in the time for each I/O operation or generation of unnecessary I/O activity
  • Inefficient disk caching
  • Slowdown in read and write for files
  • High level of disk thrashing (the constant writing and rewriting of small amounts of data)
  • Slow backup times
  • Long virus scan times
  • Unnecessary I/O activity on SQL servers or slow SQL queries
Longevity, Power Usage, Virtualization and SSD:
  • Accelerated wear of hard drive components
  • Wasted energy costs
  • Slower system performance and increased I/O overhead due to disk fragmentation compounded by server virtualization
  • Write performance degradations on SSDs due to free space fragmentation

Computer performance gains with Diskeeper performance software

  • Overall faster PC speeds
  • Faster boot up times
  • Faster backup times
  • Faster application speeds
  • Faster anti-virus scans
  • Faster internet browsing speeds
  • Faster read & write times
  • Increased system stability
  • Increased computer performance
  • Increased system reliability
  • Increased file access times
  • Reduced PC slows, lags & crashes
  • Reduced I/O activity
  • Reduced file corruption and data loss
  • Increased hardware lifespan
  • Lower power consumption and energy costs

You will quickly see how little effort it takes to increase your computer performance and keep your PC running fast at all times. Plus with the new I/O savings tracker, it’s now even easier to gauge the benefits of running Diskeeper on your systems. This is one software solution, you can’t do without.

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