We have run into a "gotcha" with Build 43/Service Pack 1 of PerfectDisk 2008 and have temporarily pulled it. You will not see this if you try to update now. A new build and service pack will be coming shortly.
PerfectDisk 2008 Build 43 is now available. Several bugs have been fixed, and we have added the following enhancements:
Defrag speed has been improved again. The development team has found new ways to better utilize memory and has also implemented a new algorithm for moving faster through fragmented and non-fragmented files.
Added new functionality to print statistics.
Added ability to resize GUI.
Improved ability to work with 800x600 screen resolutions.
Added ability to set a license key via Active Directory Group Policy.
Added the logging of a reason why a StealthPatrol schedule was suspended.
Added "Every X weeks" field to the Exchange weekly schedule.
Updated Help files.
You can "Check For Updates" under the Product Resources tab in PerfectDisk, or wait for Autoupdate.
PerfectDisk has always been the preferred disk defragmenter for the select worldwide group of Microsoft MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals). These are the people that look beyond the hype and really dig into the technology. They understand thoroughness. And they see the improvements made with PerfectDisk 2008.
Take Lorenzo Barbieri, MVP in Italy for Visual Developer - Team System and Windows - Virtual Machines. He also has been a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and Microsoft Certified Professional in various technologies. He sums up the new release this way:
PerfectDisk 2008...La nuova interfaccia e uno spettacoio, la velocita e sempre stata incredibile. Molto utili anche le versioni per vmWare e per Windnows Homer Server...
Or...the new interface is a show...the speed always was incredible. Compliments to Raxco. And the new versions for VMware and Windows Home Server are also very useful.
Thanks Lorenzo. Here's to you and the worldwide family of Microsoft MVPs.
On April 26, 2007, Donn Edwards, sheriff of The Great Defrag Shootout, posted Part I of his extensive and wildly popular review of defrag programs. Just like the Super Bowl in the United States, Donn has chosen to use Roman numerals to report his findings, and he's now over XXX -- and presumably not stopping. He's written about the well-known, the lesser-kown, and the obscure. He's come up with his winners -- in commercial and freeware categories. And he stays on top of the issue - hearing the advice and arguments of others, listening to constructive criticism, and reviewing updates of the latest and greatest from vendors and developers.
Which brings us to Donn's February 8, 2008 post and review of PerfectDisk 2008. A few points from the review:
"I particularly appreciate the message that estimates the time it will take to complete the defrag."
"The defrag algorithms have been tweaked for improved performance, to cater for massive drive sizes, as well as improved performance, particularly on laptop drives."
"...the new StealthPatrol...is a much better option than the 'all the time' type of automatic defrag, because it is less likely to interfere with normal work."
"I have no problem in recommending PerfectDisk 2008 to new users as the best commercial defrag program available."
As always, it's an honest review and Donn makes it known when he feels there are shortcomings.
Don't let the sheriff come knocking on your door -- read his review now.
Here are a few recent news items from Raxco Software I thought you might be interested in:
Raxco Software has joined VMware's Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) Program at the Select level. This formalizes the relationship we've already established with VMware over the last several months as we put together the PerfectDisk for VMware product.
A new, fairly extensive review of PerfectDisk 2008 from Softpedia is out. It states, among other observations, that PerfectDisk 2008's "efficiency is off the charts and you can feel it the moment the defragmentation is over. The application really defragments all the the files available on the drive, regardless of their nature." You can read the entire review here.
On the heels of Microsoft certifying PerfectDisk 2008 for Vista, Microsoft has also certified PerfectDisk 2008 for the soon-to-be-released Windows Server 2008. Microsoft will launch Windows Server 2008 on February 27th in what the company calls the "largest enterprise launch in its history." It is being launched along with Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008. As the only disk defragmenter certified by Microsoft for Windows Server 2008 (as well as the only one certified for Vista), Microsoft has also asked Raxco Software to participate in the worldwide launch event.
There are lots of reasons that many of the world's largest organizations turn to PerfectDisk for their enterprise defragmentation needs. Microsoft's stamp of approval is just one, and we're glad that we've done the work necessary to achieve this certification.
Microsoft has certified PerfectDisk 2008 for Vista. PerfectDisk 8 was the first defragmenter to be certified for Vista, and now PerfectDisk 2008 is the only shipping defragger certified by Microsoft. We prepare our product here, we ship it to Microsoft's approved testing facilities around the world, and then Microsoft puts its stamp of approval on it when it passes an extensive set of tests. Do users care? Some don't, many do. Many home users tell us it's a comfort thing; many businesses tell us it's a requirement.
Here in the United States, today is called (unofficially) Super Tuesday - the day in which 24 of the 50 states hold primaries or caucuses to determine who will win their states' delegates for the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees for this fall's elections. For Raxco Software, it's been one week since last Tuesday, the day we (barely!) launched the new PerfectDisk 2008 family of performance and storage management products, including the latest version of our disk defragmenter. And what a week it has been for us.
We have shattered (by far) our records for number of downloads and number of purchases, with each day succeeding the previous day. Our new VMware products have been an instant success. Has everything been perfect? Is everyone completely happy? No, of course not. We've heard a few requests for different colors with our interface and some other enhancement requests on the interface and new features. There have been a few bugs. But in general, the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, which correlates to the feedback we had from our 80,000 Early Release Program users and our beta testers.
As the dust settles (if it does) from our launch, this blog will get back into more detailed product issues as well as related industry issues. But just because we've delivered a winner, we're not done - by any means. Put PerfectDisk 2008 by any of the other candidates and choose your winner. But it's just primary season. We've got more work to do.