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Raxco Software's New PerfectDisk 2000 Leads the Industry by Becoming the First Product to Defragment Every System File Across the Windows 95/98/NT Enterprise.


New capabilities leapfrog competition by defragmenting

Windows NT (Windows New Technology) A 32-bit operating system from Microsoft for Intel x86 CPUs. NT is the core technology in Windows 2000 and Windows XP (see Windows). Available in separate client and server versions, it includes built-in networking and preemptive multitasking.  Master File Table, Directories and Paging Files

Raxco Software Raxco Software is a Maryland based developer of Windows and OpenVMS software recognized foremost for its defragmentation products, chiefly PerfectDisk. Other utilities range from backup software to disaster protection for consumers and the corporate sector.  Inc., the technology leader in Windows NT System Resource Management, today introduced its new PerfectDisk 2000 defragmenter, the only product that can defragment To reorganize the disk by putting files into contiguous order. Because the operating system stores new data in whatever free space is available, data files become spread out across the disk as they are updated.  every type of file on Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows 95/98 system disks, including the Master File Table (MFT (1) (Master File Table) A list of files in an NTFS volume. It contains the name, size, time and date, etc. for each file. See NTFS and FAT.

(2) (Managed File T
), paging files, and directories.

Before PerfectDisk 2000, users could defragment only about 80 percent of a disk. PerfectDisk 2000 gives users 100 percent defragmentation See defragment. . It enables users to schedule and control defragmentation runs on any Windows 95/98 or NT system - anywhere in the enterprise - from a central site. That gives users total enterprise-wide defragmentation of all files on all Windows systems.

"Until now, no product could defragment the Master File Table," said Jim Williams Jim or Jimmy Williams can refer to:

In American football:
  • Jimmy H. Williams, former linebacker for the Detroit Lions
  • Jimmy F. Williams, cornerback for the Atlanta Falcons
  • Jimmy R.
, Raxco's Windows NT products manager. "Being able to defragment the MFT is important because it is the first place a request searches to find a file. But the MFT's design makes it susceptible to becoming highly fragmented, and when it does, it becomes a disproportionate bottleneck A lessening of throughput. It often refers to networks that are overloaded, which is caused by the inability of the hardware and transmission lines to support the traffic. It can also refer to a mismatch inside the computer where slower-speed peripheral buses and devices prevent the CPU . The ability of PerfectDisk 2000 to defragment the MFT means the initial request for data is processed faster. This is probably the most important step in improving a disk's overall performance."

SMART Placement

Raxco's patented SMART Placement(tm) technology further increases performance by relocating the most recently used Most Recently Used (MRU) may refer to:
  • A specific menu in Microsoft Windows, see Common menus in Microsoft Windows
  • An uncommon method of caching disk access, see Cache algorithms
 files - including the MFT, directories and paging files - to a place on the disk where they can be accessed faster than they were previously. This strategy improves performance by minimizing disk seek times. No other disk defragmentation See defragment.  product uses this technology.

"PerfectDisk 2000 takes the defragmentation aspect of System Resource Management to a new level," said Robert E. Nolan, Raxco's president and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. . "Now that we can defragment the Master File Table, there is no type of file on a disk whose access performance we cannot improve. PerfectDisk is the ultimate defragmenter."

Leapfrogs other defragmenters

"PerfectDisk 2000 leapfrogs the capabilities of other NT defragmenters," said Joseph Abusamra, director of product marketing. "Its capabilities exceed those of other products that cannot defragment the Master File Table, and which cannot intelligently place files according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

 when they were last used," he said. "And Raxco's pricing strategy, which charges the same amount for the server and workstation versions of PerfectDisk 2000, means users can save up to $200 per server license over the price of other defraggers in the market."

Other key features and benefits of PerfectDisk 2000 include:


--   Enhancements that make the graphical user interface easier to
     use. For example, users will now see a Microsoft Windows
     Explorer-like interface.
--   A new command line interface that provides improved automation
     capabilities. For example, an administrator can now define
     fragmented file thresholds that can automatically initiate a
     defragmentation run.
--   Multiple domain support, which enables system resource managers
     to schedule and execute defragmentation runs for every machine
     across multiple domains
--   Support for Windows 95/98, Windows NT 4.0, and Windows 2000
     (formerly known as Windows NT 5.0).


Pricing and availability

PerfectDisk 2000 is priced the same for workstation and server versions. Prices start at $49 for single quantities. The version supporting MFT, paging file, and directories fragmentation will be available in Q2, 1999. Windows 95/98 scheduling and control capabilities will be available later in Q2.

About Raxco Software, Inc.

Raxco Software, Inc. is the technology leader in System Resource Management tools for Windows NT and OpenVMS operating systems Operating systems can be categorized by technology, ownership, licensing, working state, usage, and by many other characteristics. In practice, many of these groupings may overlap. . Its Windows NT products include instaNT PRO, the only comprehensive, integrated utility suite for Windows NT; instaNT, which combines remote control and defragmentation capabilities, and PerfectDisk 2000. Raxco also offers two products for OpenVMS. Performance Suite combines Raxco's SMART Placement(tm) disk defragmentation technology, a caching scheme that can increase I/O (Input/Output) The transfer of data between the CPU and a peripheral device. Every transfer is an output from one device and an input to another. See PC input/output.

I/O - Input/Output
 performance by as much as 500 percent, system tuning that assures maximum performance for interactive users, and automatic file management that increases application performance. Raxco Support Suite streamlines OpenVMS user support with help desk, user training, and user productivity features. Raxco Software, Inc. has headquarters in Gaithersburg, Maryland with offices and distributors worldwide. For further information see Raxco's website at

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