Sunday, September 30, 2012

Diskeeper’s I-FAAST Technology in action

 
My data drive is used mainly for storage (music, pictures, videos), but I also use it to hold temporary, but large files – generated from downloads, video recordings, importing photos from the camera etc. There is no point keeping the files that are hardly accessed in the fastest area of the drive. The speed only matters to those temporary files. That’s where i-FAAST feature of Diskeeper comes in to play.
 
Diskeeper is a Defragmenting tool. They actually make the default defragmenter in Windows. It has a nifty little feature called i-FAAST. What it does is, it optimizes the placement of the files according to their access patterns. The files that are accessed frequently will be moved to the front of the drive, and the files that are hardly accessed will be moved to the end of the drive.
 
If you need to read more about this feature, go to this link. 
I monitored the status of the drive over a period.
 
2012/09/09
12-09-11-2
 
2012/09/12
12-09-12
 
2012/09/14
12-09-14-2
 
2012/09/20
12-09-20
 
2012/09/21
12-09-21
 
2012/0925
12-09-25
 
2012/09/30
12-09-30
 
Looks like it is working. The frequently accessed/recently accessed files are placed at the beginning of the drive. The less frequently accessed files are placed at the end of the drive. There is also a huge contiguous free in the middle of the drive for anything I wanna do. Speed will be good because they are not written to the end of the drive, and they won’t get fragmented because there is a huge contiguous space to hold them without splitting.
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