V. Kappel, send
to the web site
on Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000 Professional and
server, Windows XP Home and Professional
(single user license)
Disk Version 6 is a disk defragmenter and drive optimization
product. It's designed to work in Windows Server
2003, Windows 2000 and Windows XP systems. It's available
in workstation and server versions. Besides single
pass defragmentation of files, it can do single pass
and offline defragmentation of files, single pass
consolidation of free space, network scheduling and
management, large drive support, and boot time defragmentation
as well. There are more features, of course, but
any longer list will make this review sound like
sales literature, which it's not. Raxco's
Perfect Disk Defragmentation software has been reviewed
by us before through many other versions of the program.
believe in defragmentation of hard drives. I also
believe all hard drives should be checked, cleaned,
defragmented and hard drive space consolidated to
keep your investment in top running order. This should
not be a complicated or expensive deal. Unfortunately,
companies and software developers can and do take
programs and tasks and turn them into an information
and feature overload process. PerfectDisk takes just
about the right middle of the road process to provide
the features and information most of us want.
I'm not going to give you a what-the-opening-screen looks
like or how fast the program runs review. If you know anything
about defragmenting programs you probably know roughly
what the screen looks like and you also know that speed
is relative to the size of your disk and how badly it's
fragmented. Instead I'm going to give you some facts and
opinions, of course, about the program.
program loads easily, but there is no uninstall provided.
You'll have to use the Windows process. I like it when
an uninstall process is provided that does a clean
job if I decide to unload.
hard drive defragmentation information screen uses
13 different colors to display drive information and
defragmentation progress status. This is more information
than I usually want but some of you might like it.
I didn't like was that the information screen is also
a little hard to read and the boxes jump around on
the screen. It doesn't work like the familiar viewing
process in earlier Windows versions. The visual display
did not provide me with a clear picture of what was
happening to the hard drive.
program can do multiple drives in your machine at the
same time. Very nice!
problems in PerfectDisk 200 have been fixed in v6:
Documentation on the CD-ROM was in PDF format and it
would not open or read for him. It's in the same format
for this version but the free version 5.0 of the Adobe
reader opened it just fine.
second problem was printing the status screen information
at the end of the defragmentation. This is a tabbed box
that shows drive health, file organization, list of defragmented
files and more. The printing and buttons worked fine
technicians and information fanatics this program will
be heaven for you. You get the following information when
you print at the end of the process:
Health shows number of fragmented files
Organization Summary lists the number of files for boot,
directory, rarely modified, excluded, and more
list of the most fragmented files and directories
list of excluded files and directories not included in
this defragmentation process.
more information about the program and I too run the risk
of information overload in this review. The bottom line
is that the program loads easily, runs fast, gives you
more than enough information, is reasonably priced, and,
for the big people, works in enterprise systems too.
programs are not something I get overly excited about.
I want a tool that does what I want, takes a small bite
from the nearly always-empty wallet, is somewhat easy to
use, and doesn't get in my face when I install it and use
it. Perfect Disk 6.0 meets these requirements and needs.
Perhaps it will meet yours too. Check out their web site
for the trial versions that are available.