Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Just yesterday I was thinking how nice it would be to be able to split myself into multiple fragments, each part commissioned to do something else. One would go to work, one would help get my kids to school, one would catch up on all of the “honey do” items around the house, one would spend time with my wife and one would probably just sleep. Now THAT would be efficient. However, when it comes to your computer, fragmenting your work files or other data is actually quite INefficient.

When you get a new Windows computer, is pretty clean (unless the manufacturer has loaded it up with a bunch of useless software trials that you subsequently uninstall). Once you start using you computer, you actually start degrading its performance, whether it be installing or uninstalling applications, adding or working on documents, or simply just browsing the web or downloading email. As you use it, more data is written to the hard drive, making it become fragmented and inefficient. Most people don’t even think about defragmenting their hard drive or perhaps they do once and a while. One of the best things that you can do to increase the performance of your Windows computer apart from putting more RAM into your computer is to defragment your hard drives.

I like to explain fragmentation like this. Think of a library that houses thousands of books. These books are your applications or documents or media files. When you first start using your computer, you essentially take books off of the shelf read them and then put them back. At least, this is how you begin. Over time, the process changes. Now, when you take a book off the shelf, you rip it into sections and then put the individual sections in different parts of the library. Then when you want to go back to that book, you have to run around to different areas of the library and put the book back together to read or use it. The more books you read, the more divided up your library becomes and the more out of breath you get running around trying to simply read a book. That is how your computer becomes over time. It inefficiently races around trying to get all of your data.


This week, Diskeeper Corporation released their latest version of their defragmentation software for Windows called Diskeeper 2011. They actually call it “data performance software” for the exact reasons I mention above. The new version of Diskeeper has many different versions: [click to continue…]