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Actually one thing I would like to see, especially from a more or less independent source like X-Bit Labs, is a shootout of defragmenter programs. I've tried Windows' built-in, Diskeeper v7 through 10, Raxco Perfect Disk, and O&O Defrag. In my experience, with nearly-full and extremely fragmented drives, O&O performed best out of that group -- but an independent test would be really nice.
In my experience, if the first pass of defragmentation doesn't give perfect results (as shown on page 2), another pass will deliver a perfect result, and this second pass will be much faster.
Anyway if a HD gets full near capacity it helps to remove layout.ini from %system%/windows/prefetch, it makes the drive boot much faster and it prevents the infamous missing trayicons bug I discovered.
Oh ! but wait ! That's only for windoze users !!!
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NCQ will only have an effect if the number of IOs issues independently exceeds the rate at which the drive can satisfy them in the order they are issued.
I expect Xbitlabs' clever guys to know simple stuff like this. I like to refer people to this site because of its general good quality of articles compared to some other sites that I won't name but are very popular despite all the misinformation they spread as fact.
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