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Condusiv's Diskeeper 12 Professional is the latest iteration of a premium file fragmentation utility that is suitable for home, enterprise, and server applications. It actively prevents file fragmentation and can defragment your drives regularly.

It doesn't defragment your SSDs, which shouldn't be defragmented, but they're not left out; a feature called Hyperfast optimizes I/O to maximize SSD performance and lifespan. Diskeeper also places our most frequently accessed files in the fastest area of the volume. Among the other new features in Diskeeper 12 are improved Alerting and Reporting mechanisms, a Disk Health feature that monitors S.M.A.R.T. data, and HyperBoot, a startup booster.

Diskeeper's installation process includes a data survey and options such as whether to allow the program to automatically defragment all of our system's volumes. We deselected these options; Diskeeper can automatically detect and handle SSDs like our C drive, but we prefer to see what a process does before turning it loose on our system. The program's user interface is unique, with functions grouped in large, colorful blocks.

The layout offers easy access to features and settings as well as a comprehensive Help file. Diskeeper uses a simple, basic suite of controls such as Enable, Disable, Not Available, and Information. Diskeeper is easy to set up; under Settings, we clicked Volume, System, and Disk Health to set each feature (Disk Health doesn't apply to SSDs). Diskeeper advises that, due to a lack of standards, users should identify any SSDs on the Volume tab, though the program accurately distinguished our SSD boot drive from the two volumes of our conventional HDD.

The program's Advanced settings included the I-FAAST file acceleration tool, which only works on volumes with Automatic defragmentation enabled. Though Diskeeper recommends against it, you can specify files for acceleration by I-FAAST. The Email alerts options include fields for three different e-mail addresses for different Alert levels, one of Diskeeper's many nice touches.

We were impressed with Diskeeper 12 Professional, especially by its state-of-the-art approach to SSDs. We feel that the sort of home user who installs an SSD to gain a performance edge is just the sort to be interested in Diskeeper's performance-boosting potential.

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  • All versions:

    3.7 stars

    out of 404 votes

    • 5 star: 226
    • 4 star: 41
    • 3 star: 26
    • 2 star: 25
    • 1 star: 86
  • Current version:

    2.1 stars

    out of 8 votes

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    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Destroyed 2 HDDs in 8 drive RAID6"

    October 16, 2013  |   By ctemby

    Version: Diskeeper 12 Professional 16.0.1010

    Pros

    -Installation was simple
    -Automatic defrag did just that

    Cons

    -Awful user interface
    -Automatic defrag increased read/write speed, but then suddenly over a 24 hour period worsened it again
    -Resulted in 2 HDDs in 8 drive RAID6 with reading errors, which eventually RAID could not read; HDDs were fine, just data corrupted by Diskeeper
    (Diskeeper corrupsted OS years ago when I tested it also, and had to reformat and reinstall)
    -Automatic defrag kept running whilst burning a disc, resulting in burn failure/coaster

    Summary

    -After 2 trials in the last few years, I have found Diskeeper to corrupt data and cause drive failure, and would not recommend at all
    -Instead would recommend Windows 7 or 8 inbuilt disk optimizer, or PerfectDisk if something more is required

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Terrible interface, don't update, switch to perfectdisk"

    March 12, 2013  |   By Standarshy

    Version: Diskeeper 12 Professional 16.0.1010

    Pros

    It probably does the job if you don't ever plan on customizing it.

    Cons

    Horrible interface. It looks like they were going for a quasi win8 like experience. Howerver, very little planning was put into it. They've removed all the toolbars so instead of getting to what you want logically with 3 or 4 clicks, you need to go through ton of different screens.

    I'm not a big fan of win8, mind you, however, I can admit their interface puts this to shame.

    Summary

    I was a long time user of this software but now I've switched to perfect disk. I'm a fan of useable interface and always will be. Keep the clutter, at least I have everything visible and accessible.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "huge step backward"

    December 9, 2012  |   By TimVanBoo

    Version: Diskeeper 12 Professional 16.0.1010

    Pros

    nothing, confusing.

    Cons

    Expensive, and the GUI..

    Summary

    I never recommended it

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Trap Trap Trap"

    October 9, 2012  |   By Max Nivrous

    Version: Diskeeper 12 Professional 16.0.1010

    Pros

    nothing at all

    Cons

    Just consider the following: if the advantages proposed by the software are actually notorious, why were not taken by the windows operating system?

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Program"

    October 5, 2012  |   By super14man1

    Version: Diskeeper 12 Professional 16.0.1010

    Pros

    Works like stated and improves disk by alot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Cons

    Expensive and interfernce is ugly.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Diskeeper go wrong"

    September 10, 2012  |   By dumdumm

    Version: Diskeeper 12 Professional 16.0.1010

    Pros

    Looks like an Iobit- if someone enjoy them.
    after a trial period with this software from Condusiv Technologies very easy go for Perfect Disk from Raxco

    Cons

    Interface is bad. Not easy to understand how to navigate around in this soup.

    Summary

    This new Diskeeper version 2012 from Condusiv is a huge
    disappointment compared with diskeeper 2011 version, stay with 2011 version, a crystal clear interface and easy to learn. If the company dont change back the interface asap better go for Perfect Disk.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Do not upgrade"

    August 2, 2012  |   By FUBARinSFO

    Version: Diskeeper 12 Professional 16.0.1010

    Pros

    can use Alt-left and Alt-right cursor arrows to go back/forward in screens visited

    Cons

    .. fails to active SMART, and fails all disk and drive information reports
    .. doesn't evne report size of drive or free space.
    .. GUI appears to actively defeat efforts of Snagit to identify subregions for capture
    .. Volume Performance Summary useless -- doesn't even show size of volume, free space
    .. GUI doesn't respond to wheel mouse resizing -- fixed size display only
    .. can't even see Volume Map without scrolling - Diskeeper 2011 got entire map in 803x568
    .. can't select/copy text from any window
    .. Snagit 10 can't capture/read text from any window either
    .. appears in All Programs as 'Condusiv Technologies' rather than 'Diskeeper 2012'

    Summary

    GUI is huge step backward from 2011.

    Not even reporting volume sizes, free space. Inquiry into tech support about inability to access SMART data.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Perfect Software - Average GUI - Gread Support"

    June 16, 2012  |   By MichaelSan1980

    Version: Diskeeper 12 Professional 16.0.1010

    Pros

    + Does recognize and spare SSD Drives from Defragmenting
    + Intelliwrite REALLY prevents Fragmentation!
    + Noticeable Performance Gains without doing any Setup
    + Nice and fast Support via Online Chat on Workdays
    + Fair Pricing Policies

    Cons

    - Performance Reports for max. 12 Months only
    - GUI is better than Version 11 but still confusing

    Summary

    I have used many Defragmenters before. Windows Defrag, O&O, Norton Speed Disk (not availabe anymore for years now) and some others i dont even remember. All of them had one in comon: Either i had to defrag manually, or the automatic defragmentation slowed down my PC. I am Using Diskeeper Since Version 10. Its the first Defragmentation Software i know, wich manages doing defragmentation in the background without having me being aware of it. I have tested the IntelliWrite Feature with other defragmenters. It really does prevent fragmentation. That makes Diskeeper unique in business.

    With Version 12, Diskeeper Professional is mainly simplified in terms of buyment options. Now there are only 4 Versions. Home, Professional, Administrator and Server. Administrator only makes sense for those who need to remotely administrate other installations. Also it has also become slightly cheaper. There are Upgrades and so-called Upgrade Assurances, wich can be reneved infinately For example Diskeeper 12 Professional it starts from about 14 USD (10 Euros) per Year. Since there's always a new Version once per Year, you could say, they are being really nice to their customers. There is an Online Email Support and even a live-chat Support on Weekdays. On the live chat i have been helped several times within minutes! Perfect and friendly Support!

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