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    Software query

    Hi,
    Before purchasing some software thats been recommended I wondered whether anyone had experience of it?

    Diskeeper Pro 2006

    and...

    XP Repair Pro 2006

    I'm hoping to keep my system running nice and smoothly due to the need to reformat & reinstall XP Pro.

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    Re: Software query

    I think that most of the people who have commented about defrag software in the Lounge have preferred PerfectDisk to Diskeeper. Note: I use PerfectDisk at home and an older free version of Diskeeper at work. I think you'll most likely be fine with either. You can get more information in PerfectDisk at Raxco - PerfectDisk.

    I do not know anything about XP Repair Pro. However, based on a quick look at its feature list you can find <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> products that will accomplish the same tasks. IMO, much of what these so called system optimization programs claim to do is based on how Windows 9x was designed and operates. This sort of stuff is not needed anywhere near as much with 2000/XP/2003/Vista. Unless you are doing a lot of tinkering with your PC (installing & uninstalling software regularly, trying out new hardware, etc.) you are much better off just using the PC than trying to wring out that extra little bit of speed. Although I've got several free optimization tools installed on my home PC, I've not used any since I installed XP in early 2002. As a matter of fact, I've never re-installed XP. The system slowdowns I've experienced are due to the increased demands of new versions of software such as Office, IE, photo editing, etc.

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    Re: Software query

    Hi,
    Thanks for the reply.
    Perfectdisk seems to do more or less the same job as Diskeeper Pro, but with no firm opinion on Diskeeper's effectiveness I suspect I will end up going for Perfectdisk. I don't like using windows defrag due to the amount of time it takes to perform its task. I have often wondered as to the effectiveness of these subsidary type programs that do the same job and whether the are as effective as the slow Defrag in Windows.

    Regarding XP Repair Pro, this was something that I was hoping I'd be able to routinely run just to check the system was as it should be. Much the same principle as running Adaware or Spybot. But having said that, much like yourself, I have never had any major issues since switching to XP Pro a couple of years ago. I have had to reinstall but it tended to be down to hardware issues. Maybe I'll give it a miss then if its effectiveness isn't warranted.

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    Re: Software query

    <hr>I don't like using windows defrag due to the amount of time it takes to perform its task.<hr>
    Let it run overnight, when you are em-bedded?

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    Re: Software query

    I'll second the motion for Perfectdisk . A <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> evaluation is available on their site. And, I'll throw in a recommendation for Replicator . It too, is <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>. Both programs have easy-to-understand scheduling features and can be set to run when you're not using your machine. I always set Replicator to run at 2:30a and then Perfectdisk to run at 3:45a, performing their tasks on different drives and/or directories on different mornings.

    As an example; my D drive (data) gets backed up and defragged every Saturday and Wednesday morning. The backup drive gets defragged, as well. My C drive (system) and M drive (mp3) are done once weekly. Not saying this is the best way or only way, but it works well for me.

    Disk cleaners and registry cleaners can be found by the dozens and many have been recommended in the Lounge. Everyone has their favorites and hardly anyone agrees on which is best. And what works great on one machine has been known to cause problems with another. There is really no sense in buying a program for this purpose. There's so many <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> "cleaners" available. I have all of the following on my PC and honestly haven't used any of them in several months. They're not all the same and each one will present you with a list of items that you can delete. Some will find baddies that the others will not. Just make sure that you know what you're deleting before you click "OK'. Most, if not all of the programs have a restore or undo function.

    Ad-Aware, Spybot, CCleaner, CleanMyPC, RegCleaner, RegSeeker, Startup Mechanic, TweakNow RegCleaner.

    And don't forget. Both IE and Firefox have a simple method [Tools|Options] for clearing the cache, cookies, and internet history.
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    Re: Software query

    Hi,
    Thanks for the comprehensive reply. Having had a look at some of the programs they all seem to be useful little utilities.
    I always like to use programs under recommendation so that I know what they do on the tin, is what they do. Your posting has been useful and I'll be checking out the programs as mentioned.
    I thought it would be beneficial to enquire before looking into 'purchasing' programs as I know there are tonnes of freeware out there.

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    Re: Software query

    Another alternative (which I haven't tried personally) is to defrag on the fly with DirMS + Buzzsaw. It sounds good in principle, and I've heard good reports (and no problems). It's a <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> alternative to try before forking out on a defragger.

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    Re: Software query

    Further to my previous reply, don't forget that you can Schedule the running of the Windows XP Defrag utility for any time you like (e.g. 02:00). Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Scheduled Tasks is one way to get to the task scheduler, and an Add Scheduled Task wizard walks you through the (slightly arcane) process.

    Scheduling defrag c: -v > <path>DefragData.txt will give you lots of 'interesting' details;
    omitting the "-v" (verbose) parameter, just gives "before" and "after" folder and file defragmentation percentage information in just a few lines.

    John

    PS click on the attached Text file to see what gets produced for a defrag run on my External hard drive, conveniently lettered as E:.
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