A cure for cancer it is not, but in the category of performance (defrag) software, IntelliWrite® is quite the bold, unorthodox step forward. Like many things new and revolutionary it is to be questioned, critiqued and qualified.
When we created IntelliWrite we had to first question the old way of doing things. Same goes for you, the user. You also need to form your own opinion on whether a new approach to eliminating fragmentation is warranted and worthwhile.
Now of course new does not necessarily mean better, but new can, when done right change the way of things… for the better.
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IntelliWrite technology is, as the name would imply, smart. Not only is it a better solution to removing fragmentation (it prevents fragmentation), but it actually self-learns; i.e. it gets smarter over time. Or perhaps more simply as one customer, who per his company policy must remain anonymous :-(, said, “crazy smart”.
IntelliWrite learns how the various different applications on your system write data, much like advanced heuristic anti-virus solutions that learn “patterns” and can then proactively block new, as yet unreported, malware. IntelliWrite adapts to the applications on your system and how they write, and thereby fragment your files. That adaptive learning makes IntelliWrite increasingly more effective on your computer.
Another part of the technology is an awareness of its surroundings. IntelliWrite automatically detects conditions where it might affect system performance and backs off, thus providing the best balance for performance – improves performance when fragmentation can be prevented and does not impact free space fragmentation when it might matter (i.e. when the available space is very low). One such easy-to-demonstrate case is on volumes with less than 2GB free space; IntelliWrite disables itself.
We began the process of securing the intellectual property rights to this revolutionary innovation prior to the release. You don’t have to be a crazy Irishman to know that if you’re looking for “The only way to prevent fragmentation before it happens”, you’ve come to the right place.
If anything, Intelliwrite will improve gameplay (for games that are disk intensive/ue large files). The trade-off is a small extra percentage of disk space used (less than 2%).
My only concern is this: will it take up valuable CPU time that should be used toward other things, like my games?
Good question. IntelliWrite does not use the API, nor does it need to, as it is not a file "move". The answer is there is no more corruption risk than with normal file writes. If the power goes off while writing new/changed data, there is always a risk; which is why it’s always good to have BU power. I could theoretically speculate that because the file is written contiguously (rather than fragmented), and is more likely to make it to disk faster, IntelliWrite could potentially avert data loss in a power outage. That would be an interesting test!
I know that traditional defrag in Windows is accomplished using Windows defrag API calls, which is very safe. So if e.g. a power failure occurs, the data remain intact.
But what about IntelliWrite: is it as safe and robust as standard defrag? Is there data corruption risk? What happens if e.g. a power failure occurs? These are my biggest concerns right now.