UltimateDefrag 5

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by Baldrick, Mar 4, 2017.

  1. Baldrick

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    Hi All

    I am not sure if this has been announced here but UltimateDefrag 5 has been released from Beta.

    https://www.disktrix.com/

    I last used the application under v3 and was quite pleased with it but then got a free Perfect Disk licence and therefore swapped to using that.

    So I was just wondering if anyone here has any opinions on or experience of using this latest iteration?

    Regards, Baldrick
     
  2. Peter2150

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    I beta tested it but still like Perfect Disk better. UD has so many bells and whistles that are debatable use, and I didn't find it as good as PD. Good eye candy however.
     
  3. TheRollbackFrog

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    I also BETA tested UD5... many issues (hangs, etc.). After all the dust settled, it wasn't any different (in a major way) than the last version I ever used (UD4)... dropped out of the BETA.
     
  4. Gorkster

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    You mean there are people out there still using spindle drives?! ;)
     
  5. Peter2150

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    Absolutely
     
  6. EASTER

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    Unfortunately so did I frog man.

    The first Beta seemed really snappy, worked as expected for the most part then on others it wasn't as effective as PuranDefrag which is what I've used now for all my SPINDLE systems.
     
  7. Stigg

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    I use them for numerous storage/backup drives. I would imagine that they would be very commonly used by forum members on a forum such as this.
    All my computers have multiple drives in them, and I use large WD drives for that purpose.
     
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  8. Brummelchen

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    The best defragger from disktrix: "DiskTrix DefragExpress"
    but it has a bug because it dont check drives before and get stuck in a loop.
    Vopt is same fast and now for free.

    i dont care if it shows a disk or like usual a square place. for a regular defragger ultimatedefrag is slow and if perfectdisk wont be awful slow since version 7. really - who need stats how many files are fragmented or how much they were defragmented?

    since drives became really fast defragment became more and more rare. for bigger files ok, but not for small/medium. consolidation is futile. i defrag my drives 4 or 5 times in a year.
     
  9. Gorkster

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    I was joking around. BUT... I'm currently using 3x SSD and network storage (yeah with spindles.) I'm eyeballing the 4TB Samsung SSD drives to replace my NAS type stuff completely though. But that price point... Ugh.
     
  10. Stode

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    Well... All of my USB HDD's are, but all my laptop's got SSD..
     
  11. Stigg

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    I don't bother with USB hard drives for backing up and storage unless I need to backup offsite.
    I like internal drives. Yes, even for laptops.
     
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  12. Keatah

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    I downloaded the trial. I still see several mistakes in the user interface. Surprised these would make it past whatever beta-testing they're doing. How could I trust any data if the program exhibits such blatant mistakes?

    Also got a number of rc=-1 errors when doing boot time defrag. Don't have any idea what those mean.
     
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  13. Keatah

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    Also, the little icons at the top in the drive letter tabs. Doesn't seem to be able to discern between SSD and Mechanical. It currently labels some Mechanical drives as SSD.
     
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    Although I dropped out of the Beta Program I have recently installed to trial the latest release and at least for my Mechanical Spindle-Run HD I am quite satisfied with the performance improvements.

    I Defrag on an as-needed basis mostly so am not looking for a lot, just a little manipulation in moving less-used files around on the disk to the center and locking them there.
     
  16. Keatah

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    Yes, that is kinda how I do things. I sometimes prefer to think of this as a file placement manager rather than a defragger, sometimes. Its strength and value comes in placing files in certain areas of the disk. Good for getting archive, large, and seldom-accessed files into the center. Yup..
     
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  18. Keatah

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    That's cool. They kept the old interface too. No minimalization, no monochromatics, no android'ish look!

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    Tried it out. And there are still glaring issues despite their website saying they left no stone unturned..
     
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  19. Nanobot

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    After 9 years of radio silence, the creator & owner of DiskTrix (Robert Ferraro) decides to upload some new video tutorials about the v6

    https://www.youtube.com/user/DiskTrix/videos
     
  20. Keatah

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    With 6.0.26.0 they FINALLY fixed a longstanding error and a few other things. Congrats!
     
  21. Special

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    Do they have patch notes? And their website seems shady... Forums "under construction", etc.
     
  22. Keatah

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    In all the years since UDF came out I don't recall seeing patch notes. And the forums have been under construction for ages. The product description is "wordy". But the site is real and the product is real. UD does what they says it does in that it honestly helps reduce the seeking a mechanical drive has to do. And that's a worthy goal.

    I never really noted a 300-400% increase on any drive. Indeed.. The fine print says you could expect about 30-100%. I personally feel like I got a realistic 20-40% real world increase. That is good.

    I modded and older disk with a clear cover and did a fresh install of windows and some applications. You could actually see the head swinging all over the platters. After a UD session the head was much more stable and its movements reduced to ticks and short traverses as it sequentially worked through loading the OS and such.

    Exploring a little further:
    Defragmentation, seek confinement, and file placement are but 3 aspects to optimizing NTFS HDDs. There's 2 more things that can be done - compacting and truncating the $MFT itself. Neither of which UD addresses nor does it claim to.
     
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  23. The Seeker

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    With SSDs becoming more ubiquitous, I have to wonder for how long defrag products will remain viable.
     
  24. Special

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    I have two SSD's and two HHD's in my PC, not everyone want to keep their **** in the "cloud", and SSD's have a long way to go before they reach 2TB's or so.
     
  25. Keatah

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    Defrag tools will remain relevant as long as spinners exist. And with the short lifespan of cheap SSDs people will question their value. That'll happen once people start filling them with media and loose it all.

    Samsung, WD, and others have been making affordable 2TB SDDs for some time already. So..
     
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