SOURCE: Diskeeper Corporation

September 13, 2007 15:08 ET

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BURBANK, CA--(Marketwire - September 13, 2007) - With the decreasing costs associated with today's bandwidth technologies, a high-speed connection can easily be had by every corporation. Of course, proper implementation of defrag software ensures a speedy connection stays that way. Despite the number of employees or file transfers within an organization, fragmentation can and will occur on a daily basis.

Every business plugged into the net has experienced a sluggish file transfer at least once. Now, while most of these download issues are related to latency and bandwidth, there is another critical factor involved... fragmentation.

It's a fact that fragmentation occurs and increases on all computers daily, regardless of their usage. More details regarding this can be found in the Impact of Disk Fragmentation article, written by Joe Kinsella for Windows® IT Pro Magazine.

Fragmentation can be broken down into the following two categories:

    1.   Whole files that are broken into numerous pieces and scattered across
    hard drives.
    2.   Free space on hard drives that is broken into various sections across
    the drives.
    

When a new file is downloaded, regardless of origin, the operating system has to quickly locate a section of free space for the file to reside. However, if the designated gap of free space is smaller in size than the file in question, the excess part of the file spills into the next available piece of free space. And thus, we see how easily fragmentation can develop... signifying the need to defrag.

Let's take a look at an example of how fragmentation occurs over the Internet. When a user downloads a file from the net, it is initially copied to a temporary location on the computer before being transferred to the intended location once the file download process completes. Now, depending on the current level of fragmentation, the time necessary to actually download and copy the file to the appropriate location can be dramatically increased.

The very same phenomenon can be seen regarding file transfers over a local network as well. With the immeasurable number of internal file transfers that occur daily in corporate America, the effects of fragmentation can be staggering.

Today, many small businesses depend on a single file server to handle the workload of their entire organization. In such a scenario, fragmentation soon occurs on a large scale due to frequent local file transfers and modifications. As you might expect, this puts a damper on production and, in some cases, can bring it to a halt completely. Of course, there is hope. Defrag software, such as Diskeeper® by Diskeeper Corporation (www.diskeeper.com), addresses these concerns entirely. During a defrag job, Diskeeper hunts down and collects every scattered piece of free space, consolidating them into one continuous area. This enables bulky downloaded files to settle in one location, thwarting fragmentation.

While a broadband connection can definitely increase production, fragmentation can make routine downloads feel like dialup. Without defrag software, a business can end up stalled on the Information Superhighway.

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