SOURCE: Diskeeper Corporation

March 05, 2009 13:41 ET

Enemy of Hardware Life Is File Fragmentation

BURBANK, CA--(Marketwire - March 5, 2009) - 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 completely automatic defragmentation provided by Diskeeper Corporation with InvisiTasking® technology. Operating invisibly in the background, utilizing otherwise-idle resources, Diskeeper® software consistently maintains computers in a fragmentation-free state. No scheduling is ever required, no negative performance hit is ever experienced from defragmentation, and performance and reliability are constantly maximized.

Best of all, hard drive life can be extended by 1 to 3 years, meaning costly refreshes and upgrades can be postponed.

So the best method of cost-effectively extending hardware life is Diskeeper software with InvisiTasking technology. It is vital to every computer -- including yours!

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