Earlier this month I showed you how to use the Open Source defragmentation application UltraDefrag. On my system I changed the scheduled task to run every day instead of once a week. Below is a screen shot of the results of this daily defrag.
The results are impressive. Or are they?
In some of the lost comments from my how-to were in reference to Diskeeper. I used this program at work on all my workstations and servers. Aside from some headaches with the management application Diskeeper has been keeping the hard drives at work running smoothly since 2003. To get an idea how good UltraDefrag is I plan on downloading a trail version of Diskeeper and analyzing my hard drive. Check back for the results.
Does your PC just not run as fast as it did when you first got it? Chances are your hard drive has become fragmented. What does this mean? Well, your hard drive is made up of many "slices" which are called sectors. When you create a Word document or download a song onto your computer it is written onto your hard disk. When you delete the file it is erased from the hard disk leaving an open space on your hard drive. Then you download the pictures from your latest vacation and part of the data is written to that now empty space and the rest to another part of your hard drive. Over time, after many songs, pictures, movies, etc your data is spread out all over the hard drive. This causes delays in reading the data off the hard drive when you want to show grandma your vacation pictures. Wikipedia has a lot more info on fragmentation. Continue reading