Even though solid state drives (SSD) are slowly taking over the data storage field when it comes to personal computers whether desktop computers or notebook computers, the hard disk drives (HDD) are still desired because of their large storage capacities and cheaper costs.
Today we can buy a 2 TB hard disk drive for the same cost as a 256 GB solid state drive. In the future this gap is definitely going to widen more. This is why many users like to have both SSD and HDD installed on their computers – SSD for installing the operating system such as Windows and HDD for storing large files because of its large storage capacity.
If you also have been using a HDD, then defragmenting it from time to time is essential for getting optimal performance out of it. Defragmenting is the process of putting all of the data belonging to a single file in contiguous sectors. This saves the excess seeking for reading the same file and file read speeds can be drastically improved.
PerfectDisk is a Windows application that can defragment your hard disk drives and optimize them for better performance. It has an advantage of offering scheduled defragmentation of your hard disk drives. It comes with a feature called StealthPatrol using which it keeps an eye on the fragmentation status of your hard drives. When the file fragments cross a limit, it can automatically defragment the hard drives without any manual intervention.
When it defragments the hard drive, some of the files stay locked even on non-system drives. These files can be dragmented using PerfectDisk’s boot time defragment feature. This way it can fully defragment the entire contents of the hard drive.
PerfectDisk also uses the S.M.A.R.T. data to closely watch the hard drive performance and health. If it finds that the hard disk drive is going to fail in the near future, it alerts the user. In this case, we can make a backup of our files and then replace the older hard drive with a newer one.
You can download PerfectDisk from https://www.raxco.com/products/perfectdisk-pro.