PC Speed

PC speed is determined by three things: the CPU, the memory and the disk drive(s). The CPU operates at speeds of a fraction of a billionth of a second. The memory operates at speeds of one hundred-millionth of a second. (That’s fast).

The disk requires hundredths of a second for each operation. (That’s slow.) The disk is a million times slower than the next fastest component. So, if you’re assessing the reason for slow PC performance, you should first consider the disk.

If CPU speed is cut in half, and memory speed is cut in half, PC speed will still seem downright peppy so long as the disk is running at full speed. But if that disk slows down, even a little bit, you—and the users you support—will notice it. And if it slows down a lot, you really notice it.

How can I get my PCs and laptops back to peak performance?

The primary reason a disk slows down is fragmentation. Fragmentation is essentially little bits of data or information that are spread over a large disk area causing the hard drive to work harder and slower than it has to just to read a single file.

Disk fragmentation is a natural occurrence and is constantly accumulating each and every time a computer is used. When files are saved in small pieces scattered across the hard drive, the system must work harder to locate the exact data and put it back together. No wonder Windows systems slow down over time!

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A single fragment requires one-hundredth of a second to retrieve, so two fragments take two-hundredths of a second, a hundred fragments take a whole second, a thousand fragments take ten seconds—the math is daunting.

Diskeeper® finds all the pieces of a file and puts them all back together in one place—creating contiguous files.

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What People are Saying

Slide “Typically, IT professionals respond to application performance issues by reactively buying more hardware. Without the luxury of a padded budget, we needed to find a way to improve performance on the hardware infrastructure we already have. It saved us from having to make a heavy investment in SSDs or do a complete rip and replace of our entire hardware infrastructure. To this day, I still can’t believe software is doing this.” R. Ortiz, IT Manager, ASL Marketing Slide “I have been using Diskeeper for many years, it is installed as a routine on all servers, networked clients, SHO and any other computer. It has never presented any problem and has always demonstrated improved drive performance in both servers and clients. With each new release Condusiv does not merely provide "window dressing", they actually improve the product with the objective of making it easier to use, more reliable, more effective and easier to use."
Mark Sills, Systems Administrator / Manager, Home User
Slide “I have used Diskeeper since it was first introduced. It has always worked well in keeping my drive defragged for the fastest response times for all of my apps. Thank you again for this fine piece of software.” Philip Baldwin, NVQB Slide “The Undelete software that we use on all our Regional Servers is undoubtedly worth every penny. It has saved our Techs numerous hours in restoring files inadvertently deleted as opposed to having to restore from backup tape.” Michael Lucas, Gancom (Division of Gannet Fleming) Slide “Undelete saves backup restores when someone accidentally deletes a file from a Windows share. We store tapes off site so Undelete can save a big delay for file restores of that type. Undelete does what it says on the box – really - and it works nicely as a network recycle bin.” Glenn Edwards, Infrastructure Analyst, Itron

What People are Saying

“Typically, IT professionals respond to application performance issues by reactively buying more hardware. Without the luxury of a padded budget, we needed to find a way to improve performance on the hardware infrastructure we already have. It saved us from having to make a heavy investment in SSDs or do a complete rip and replace of our entire hardware infrastructure. To this day, I still can’t believe software is doing this.”
R. Ortiz, IT Manager, ASL Marketing

“I have used Diskeeper since it was first introduced. It has always worked well in keeping my drive defragged for the fastest response times for all of my apps. Thank you again for this fine piece of software.”
Philip Baldwin, NVQB

“The Undelete software that we use on all our Regional Servers is undoubtedly worth every penny. It
has saved our Techs numerous hours in restoring files inadvertently deleted as opposed to having to
restore from backup tape.”
Michael Lucas, Gancom (Division of Gannet Fleming)

“Undelete saves backup restores when someone accidentally deletes a file from a Windows share. We store tapes off site so Undelete can save a big delay for file restores of that type. Undelete does what it says on the box – really – and it works nicely as a network recycle bin.”
Glenn Edwards, Infrastructure Analyst, Itron

“I have been using Diskeeper for many years, it is installed as a routine on all servers, networked clients, SHO and any other computer. It has never presented any problem and has always demonstrated improved drive performance in both servers and clients. With each new release Condusiv does not merely provide “window dressing”, they actually improve the product with the objective of making it easier to use, more reliable, more effective and easier to use.”
Mark Sills, Systems Administrator / Manager, Home User