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UltimateDefrag Frequently Asked Questions

1. I have heard it all before - software that promises to speed up my system - and doesn't. Why should I believe the claims about UltimateDefrag?

2. What does defragging my hard drive with UltimateDefrag mean for me as a PC User.

3. Does UltimateDefrag have a steep learning curve?

4. What Operating Systems, File Systems and other hardware is UltimateDefrag compatible with?



Answers

1. I have heard it all before - software that promises to speed up my system - and doesn't. Why should I believe the claims about UltimateDefrag?


Firstly, UltimateDefrag doesn't do anything magical or mysterious to speed up your system but it does do something logical and that is 1. Analyze which files you use the most and 2. Place those most frequently used files close together on the fastest performing areas of your hard drive i.e. the outer tracks. It's based upon a well known natural law, Pareto's Law as it applies to your file use. This can result in 400 to 600% raw hard drive performance increase. "Raw" means without caching and other file access performance improving techniques which are part of the Windows operating system. Since its raw performance increase is so great, you'll experience a much faster performance even with all the performance enhancing techniques that are part of Windows. 

UltimateDefrag Applies 3 Hard Drive Performance Enhancing Principles To Your Hard Drive:
1. It Minimizes Seek Times For your Hard Drive
2. It Maximizes Transfer Rates
3. It Defragments your Files

No other defrag software, nor the default Windows defrag, applies the principles that UltimateDefrag does to your file system. They only defrag. Defragging alone only improves file access performance by around 10%. The other steps our program performs is where the real performance gains are seen. To understand this more, please read about the Science behind UltimateDefrag here.
You can also have some fun and do your own research with a product called HDTune (www.hdtune.com). Run some performance tests and see for yourself how the transfer rates decrease as it reads from outer to inner tracks on your hard drive. Then try the short stroking feature and watch your seek times increase. UltimateDefrag achieves the same effect as short stroking your hard drive on the faster tracks of your hard drive. There is also a free program called Readfile (www.winimage.com/readfile.htm) that lets you safely test read performance on your actual data. Get a copy of that and move some of your files around with UltimateDefrag and measure the performance.

2. What does defragging my hard drive with UltimateDefrag mean for me as a PC User.

By speeding up your hard drive file read performance with UltimateDefrag's techniques you help improve the biggest bottleneck in your PC's performance - your hard drive. Your system will boot faster and all your programs and applications will launch faster and your entire Windows performance will be faster. Games, simulations and any other programs that are constantly accessing your hard drive during use will experience much faster performance since data transfer rates are increased and file seek times are greatly reduced.
It will really feel like you just turned on a brand new PC.

3. Does UltimateDefrag have a steep learning curve?


Any powerful software you use can have a bit of a learning curve. UltimateDefrag is no exception. If you are a power user, operate it in Expert Mode and you couldn't ask for a more powerful tool to tune your hard drive performance.

If you are a non-power user, however, just run the program in Simple Mode. You will pretty much only need to select start to run your defrags and UltimateDefrag will intelligently give you a defrag and file placement that will guarantee the fastest performance possible for your hard drive.

4. What Operating Systems, File Systems and other hardware is UltimateDefrag compatible with?


The regular version of UltimateDefrag is compatible with Windows 7, Vista and XP (all 32 bit and 64 bit versions). There is an XP only version for people who only want to run it on Windows XP.
UltimateDefrag will work with FAT32 and NTFS file systems with some advanced features not possible on the older FAT32 file system.
UltimateDefrag will also work with all RAID configurations. As long as Windows detects a volume e.g. C:, D:, then it will work. Many RAID controllers themselves determine the physical locations of the NTFS virtual clusters so we do not guarantee placement files to faster performing outer tracks however generally there is correlation between NTFS virtual clusters and physical locations of clusters on the physical platters of hard drives in RAID configurations.
UltimateDefrag also works with SSD (Solid State Drives) however since SSD's do not suffer the same physical structure limitations that slow hard drives you will not see any performance benefits from the file placement routines. If you still want to defrag your SSDs then choose UltimateDefrag's consolidation method with no options but FragProtect for complete defrags that move minimal amounts of data. At the end of the day for those who fear that their SSD will wear out due to too much file writing, UltimateDefrag will move minimal amounts of data when you select FragProtect and also built in inplace defragging will also only move fragments that it needs to to make your files contiguous.
External Drives can also be defragged. Please note that we do not recommend comprehensive defrags with USB 2.0 drives due to the slow data transfer (just do Fragmented Files Only) however UltimateDefrag shines with USB 3.0 drives which are just as fast, if not slightly faster than internal drives. You can apply all of the speed enhancing techniques to USB 3.0 drives.