Diskeeper vs PerfectDisk; Head to Head!
(Monday, 28 November 2005) - Contributed by JRd1st - Last Updated (Monday, 28 November 2005)
GeForceTony, our XTreme-G MobileForce modder and moderator, was bored one day and decided to follow the advice I
always give to those that ask what defragger I like; get PerfectDisk. Not only that, but he was kind enough to submit a
head to head comparison between what he was using; Diskeeper 9.0 Professional, and PerfectDisk 7.0.
Diskeeper 9.0 Professional
I've used Diskeeper for quite a while, so I've gotten used to the interface of it, which quite honestly, can be confusing for
non-power users, LOL. Basic tasks are easy to find, such as Analyze (to check your system to see if it needs to be
defragmented), Defragment, etc. But some tasks, such as to schedule a Boot-Time defrag, are under the "Change
Settings" category ... Diskeeper has a feature called "Boot-Time Defrag" in which it puts all of a drive's folders together,
and (if the drive has one) it defragments the PageFile. However, one thing I've noticed over the time that I've run
Diskeeper, is that it really doesn't do a good job of placing the drive's folders within a "target area" at all. Folders
(according to Diskeeper's Drive Map) are still scattered around the drive, and no matter how many in-Windows or Boot-
Time defragments one does, the program will NOT put all of the drive's filesfolders together, thus consolodating free
space. This, when compared to PerfecDisk, is Diskeeper's biggest flaw. Granted, Diskeeper doesn't take very long to
defrag, but it just doesn't do as thorough of a job compared to PerfectDisk. One of the features that I really like from
Diskeeper is the "FragShield". This nifty little utilityfeature will analyze your computer's PageFile, as well as all of your
drives' MFT (Master File Table) areas. It will then recommend a course of action based on it's findings to help protect
against drive fragmenting. I've found this especially useful for the MFT feature, in which the user can increase the
maximum sizenumber of entries in the MFT to prevent constant expanding, and thus, fragmenting, of the MFT.
Nonetheless, Diskeeper is fairly slack when it comes to the "meat" of the program, and that's defragmenting. It just
doesn't do as good a job as what one would expect it to do for the price of the program.
Plusses: Defragments quickly, FragShield feature useful
Minuses: Defragmentation process doesn't do that great of a job, interface somewhat jumbled
I've just recently bought PerfectDisk, and I must say, I'm very impressed. The interface, I believe, is much cleaner and
more streamlined than Diskeeper, and features of the program aren't hidden as some are with Diskeeper. The first thing I
noticed when firing up PerfectDisk to defrag were the two "types" defragmentation: "SmartPlacement", and "Defragment
Only". "SmartPlacement" defragments the drive, and also consolodates free space (packing files into one big "cluster", as
opposed to having files scattered around the drive), and also optimizes the placement of filed depending on their usage.
"Defragment Only" doesn't consolodate free space OR optimize file placement, and just defragments the drive (much like
what Diskeeper does). After running PerfectDisk on my machine, while it did take a considerable amount of time to
defragment, I was thoroughly impressed by the results. All of my drive's free space was all in one big clump, and thus, all
of my files were all put together as well. PerfectDisk also has a similar feature to Diskeeper's "Boot-Time Defrag" called
"Offline Defrag". It does the same thing as Diskeeper's Boot-Time Defrag, but in some situations, like when the drive has
no processesprograms being used (save for the SystemWindows drive), PerfectDisk can perform an Offline Defrag from
within Windows. I like that. For the SystemWindows drive, a reboot is still needed, and just before Windows finishes
loading, PerfectDisk takes over, and defragments the PageFile (if there is one), and consolodates all of the drive's folders
into one are (and it works with PerfectDisk). The only thing I DON'T like with PerfectDisk is it's lack of a "FragShield"-
esque feature. However, it's not a deal breaker, so I'll be sticking with PerfectDisk from now on .
VERDICT: 9/10, KICK ASS
Plusses: Defragmentation process much more thorough than Diskeeper, much cleaner interface than Diskeeper
Minuses: No "FragShield"-esque feature keeps it from a Perfect 10