Ramblings of a Home Server User

September 30, 2007

Raxco PerfectDisk for WHS – My Review

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tom @ 9:09 pm

Now that I have spent a week with PerfectDisk, and copying 10’s of GBs to my server, and being the power user that I am, I also installed applications on my Home Server and used them to get a performance benchmark. I also took advantage of the ability to install PerfectDisk on the Home PCs around my house, to benchmark their performance.

After you download the software from Raxco, it will extract to your server, and there is a good install guide that walks you through the installation of PerfectDisk. After you install the application there is a default defragmentation schedule that is setup, that on Sunday nights at 6 PM PerfectDisk will defragment all drives in the server. I decided to leave that default schedule to see how well it would work, even if I was accessing data on the server at that time.

Overall performance of the server before defragmentation was OK, but it took about 2 to 2.5 minutes to boot, and after defragmentation time decreased to about a minute and 20 seconds. Home Server Console load times decreased from a minute to approximately 35-40 seconds when accessing the console directly from the server. Console load times from another PC did not change. File transfer times from Home PCs to the server decrease slightly, but there was not much of an impact on transfer times.

I think the software works great. My only complaint is that for a product that is labeled "for Windows Home Server" there is no console integration, and the only way to use the software by using Remote Desktop and RDP’ing into the server and running it from the Administrator’s Desktop.






Rating: 4.5 out of 5 – Due to no console integration

Recommendation: If you are a power user and you don’t mind accessing the Administrator Desktop to use the software, or you have used PerfectDisk and like the software, then I’d go ahead and buy it for WHS. I think a great selling point is that it includes licenses for PerfectDisk for each of your Home PCs.

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  1. […] Performance is a major issue when you are serving lots of digital content all from one location. Fortunately, this is where products like Diskeeper from the Diskeeper Corporation, or PerfectDisk from Raxco come into play. Earlier this year I did a review of Raxco’s PerfectDisk, which you can find here. […]

    Pingback by Review – Diskeeper 2008 for Windows Home Server « Ramblings of a Home Server User — November 23, 2007 @ 3:19 pm

  2. very interesting, but I don’t agree with you

    Comment by Idetrorce — December 15, 2007 @ 6:20 am

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