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Diskeeper 7.0

by Ted May

If you don't remember the article on Diskeeper 6 SE, please read it in the newsletter for October 2001.  It can be found at http://opcug.ca/Reviews/Diskeeper6Oct01.html if you don't have your copy of the newsletter. Everything said in that article applies to this version of Diskeeper.

In addition, this version has added a button called 'Set It and Forget It'.  When this button is clicked, it opens a dialog box where you can select all (or some of) your disk volumes (partitions) and set those to be analyzed and defragmented automatically.  The timing is fully schedulable.    

After it is set up, it operates invisibly in the background at a low priority and doesn't interfere in any way with or slow down the operation of the computer as far as running programs in the foreground is concerned.  However, clicking on the Analyze button and then the Defragment button does impact foreground programs as it runs at a higher priority.

There is a second tab on the 'Set It and Forget It' dialogs box, called 'Boot Time Scheduler'.  It allows you to schedule directories' consolidation, run CHKDSK on the selected volume, reduce paging file fragments, and, if you are running an NTFS file system, it also can be set to defragment the MFT (Master File Table).

You can set it to 'Perform Boot-Time Defragmentation' 'On Next Manual Boot' or it can be done at any time you might want it to commence the Boot-Time defragmentation.  At the scheduled time, the computer does a reboot and interrupts the boot up to do the boot-time defragmentation(s) and then does a reboot when it is finished.

Consolidating the directories improves hard disk access speed considerably. If your free space on a volume is low (below 10%) Diskeeper will complain but it will defragment the volume.  However, it will take a lot longer to do the job and probably will leave some files fragmented.  After several runs it will completely defragment the volume.

In this version of Diskeeper, free space is completely consolidated into one chunk.  However, like low free space, it may take several defragmentation runs before it is completed.  Also, when you save a new file or an updated file, it  automatically begins consolidating any fragments that might occur when the file is saved.

It does it this way if it is set to continuously defragment volumes.  Otherwise, it does it according to how you have set it up in the defragmentation dialog box.

DK7 works on Windows versions from 95(OSR2 or higher)/98/ME/2000 Professional/NT 4.0 Workstation(SP 3 or higher)/XP Home and Professional.  The 4K cluster size limit in NTFS volumes has been removed in Windows XP where Diskeeper can defragment NTFS volumes with cluster sizes up to 64KB.   

In US dollars, the costs of electronically downloading the various versions of Diskeeper 7.0 are: Home Editions $29.95,Workstation - Network edition (single licence) is $44.95 and the Server Edition (single licence) is $249.95.  The packaged versions cost $5 more except the Server version is $10 more (plus shipping and handling, of course).  There is also a Small Business Edition which includes 1 set of CDs and docs and costs $399.95. You can find all the pricing information at: http://www.softwareshelf.com/products/display2.asp?p=5#buy.

There is also a version called Diskeeper Server Appliance, priced at (1 licence) US$249.95 either shipped or electronic download.  This version is used with Server Appliances.  You can find more information at http://www.softwareshelf.com/products/display2.asp?p=5#dksa.

Please note that everything I have said applies mainly to the Home Edition of Diskeeper 7.0.  Other information was gleaned from the Diskeeper web site.


Bottom Line:

Diskeeper 7.0
Executive Software
In US$ downloaded versions are:
Home Editions $29.95
Network Edition $44.95
Server Edition $249.95
CD set Small Business Edition $399.95
Diskeeper Server Appliance shipped or
electronic download $249.95
http://www.softwareshelf.com/products/display2.asp?p=5#buy

Originally published: February, 2003


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