SOURCE: Diskeeper Corporation

February 10, 2010 11:52 ET

Preventing Fragmentation: Cost-Effectively Extending Hardware Life

BURBANK, CA--(Marketwire - February 10, 2010) - Computer hardware is a hefty investment for any company, so at any time extending hardware life would be valuable. Who doesn't want to save money where they can, and make the executives happy by doing so? But in the current unstable economic climate, such measures become quite the priority. With budgets being cut and every expenditure being carefully monitored, "make due with what you've got" becomes the mandate. The question then becomes, what cost-effective measures can be easily taken to substantially extend hardware life?

One fundamental and persistent enemy of hardware life is file fragmentation. A hard drive is the only prime computer component that has mechanical, moving parts that can break down. Every time a file is requested, a read/write head must move across the disk platters and retrieve that file. Every time a file is written, that same read/write head must write the file to free space on the drive. File fragmentation occurs on every computer and is a natural fact of life, so when a file is accessed the read/write head will have to do extra work to retrieve all the fragments of the file. Because the free space on a drive is also fragmented, the same holds true for writing a file: the read/write head will have to keep moving until it has written all the fragments of a file in the free spaces available.

In today's computing environments, with enormous file sizes and disk capacities, it is not at all uncommon for a file to exist in hundreds, thousands or even tens of thousands of fragments. The extra work a hard drive has to perform to read and write files under such conditions is incredible, and if left unaddressed file fragmentation can mean the loss of a third to half of a hard drive's expected life.

Not even scheduled defragmentation, once the solution, can keep up with today's frantic rates of fragmentation. It takes the complete performance solution offered in Diskeeper® 2010. Utilizing a new revolutionary technology called IntelliWrite™ fragmentation prevention, Diskeeper 2010 intelligently writes files to the disk to prevent up to 85 percent of fragmentation from occurring. Coupled with superior defrag technology, Diskeeper 2010 delivers a complete performance solution for every Windows system at every site, and goes far beyond what defragmentation alone can achieve. Significant savings are also achieved by reducing energy consumption and cooling -- even more than is done with conventional defragmentation.

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