As long as you are using Windows, even on newer Oses version like Vista or XP, you cannot escape disk fragmentation. On a larger scale though, it is not known to cause any system instability and or disk problems, but disk fragmentation is well-known to be the reason for poor read/write disk performance.
The built-in Windows defragmenter for properly clearing up problems seemed not powerful enough. Now comes disk de-fragmentation, as the solution. Commercial disk defragmenters in fact, promises much better methods on defragmentation in which a significant gain on disk performance is shown.
Disk defragmenters by themselves are sometimes the ones which causes problems. Though if one is really greedy for speed then ironically, a stable system can be compromised.
Blame it on Diskeeper by Diskeeper Corporation and Raxco PerfectDisk, the two mainstream commercial disk defragmenters currently available. As after trying PerfectDisk, Mozilla Thunderbird noticeably became unresponsive, it was frequently slow and sluggish every time an e-mail is deleted. Also, when work is continued Thunderbird tries to get back in two minutes even when the window is switched to another. Which was really unlikely before.
On the positive side though, PerfectDisk enabled a significant gain on the computer’s over-all system performance. While some programs are kind a “screwed up”, as you need to give up some in order to have and enjoy more, is’nt it? After personally believing that since defragmenters are created for problem solving, though perhaps not one defragmenter could solve all then at least, the other defragmenter can take care of what was left behind. Ironically that’s what convinced me to switch over to Diskeeper and uninstall PerfectDisk.
As compared to PerfectDisk, a good job resulted from Diskeeper, but here now comes ANOTHER problem. Diskeeper did to BitComet, what was done to Thunderbird by PerfectDisk. My “Options” could not be properly saved in BitComet, and what was done to BitComet and Thunderbird made me wary hence, will result potentially to at least a minute of total hang in the system when there’s anything done wrong. Meaning both Diskeeper and PerfectDisk did not solve problems but created them instead, maybe it is much better at all not to use commercial defragmenters and just stuck to the usual way.