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Hard Disk Repair & Performance Optimizer Software
Did you know that your Hard Disk Slows down your PC Performance?
Fix-it-Hard-Disk-Optimizer intelligently optimizes your hard disk to improve Data Access Times by recovering hard disk space by removing junk and duplicate files lying all over your hard disk and then defragmenting your hard disk many times better than what you can achieve with your inbuilt defragmenter to Optimize your computer hard disk for high performance.
- Remove all Duplicate Files
- Remove all Junk Files
- Remove all Temporary Files
- Recover Lost Free Space
- Intelligent Hard Disk Defragmentation
- Optimize Hard Disk Data Access Times
- Speedup Hard Disk Performance
How to Speedup Hard Disk Performance ?
All the data including your Windows operating system, all your
software, all the data you downloaded, all your files, photos, videos,
music and documents etc, all the information about your hardware,
settings, configuration and everything you can imagine are all stored in
your Hard Disk.
The hard disk can be considered like a number of digital
CD's kept one over the other. Windows however, stores data on the hard
disk in an unorganized way.
Where ever it finds a little space it will start writing data there and when that space gets filled up, windows will start writing the remaining part of your file in another place and if that gap fills up then it will find another gap and start writing a part of your file there and so on. This means one file gets stored in pieces spread over many places on your hard disk. This is called File Fragmentation.
In the picture on the right you can see how badly and disorganized or
fragmented the files are stored on a typical hard disk.
The red spots
are all fragmented or broken up file pieces. The time required for a CPU
to access data on this hard disk will be very high reducing hard disk
performance and speed.
The fragmented files or the pieces of a file stored in different locations on your hard disk makes your computers central processing unit (CPU) to look for those pieces of files and join them before executing the file or instruction Windows wants it to do. This causes a delay because of the excess time taken to access the fragmented data stored on your hard disk.
Thus data access times can drastically slow down your overall computer performance. This happens with all PC & Laptop within a few days of use. The money you spent to buy a super fast CPU actually gets wasted if you do not regularly defragment your hard disk to organize your fragmented files and data to re-arrange and reorganize them for easy and faster access. Always use a good Hard Disk Defragment Tool
How is Data Stored Your Computer Hard Disk ?
hard disk drive (often shortened as hard disk, hard drive, or HDD) is a
non-volatile storage device that stores digitally encoded data on high
speed rotating disks with magnetic surfaces on both sides.
Each disk surface has many concentric tracks and each track has a set number of sectors where the data is stored. A Hard Disk is different from a CD or DVD or a Floppy because it has many disks mounted on the same axis and all of them rotate together inside a sealed cabinet. Each of these disks or platters has their own read write head. Your computer tries to locate the pieces of data of single that may be lying on any sector of any surface of any of the disk because Windows breaks up data or file into small pieces and stores them where ever there is a little space left on your hard disk starting from the outter edges of the first disk.
A well stored or organized data on a disk will show complete blue colour with green colour for data that are permanent and cannot be organized. If you find too many red sectors it is an indication that your hard disk has badly fragmented files all over and the data access times will be high resulting in a slow computer performance. So ensure you defragment your hard disk regularly.
Windows Disk Defragmenter
The Windows Operating System has always had a disk defragmenter in
the Start/all Programs, Accessories & System Tools.
It does a very good job
of analysing your hard disk fragmentation and requirement of hard disk
defragmentation. But it is a poor defragmenter. It defragments files
fairly well. What it lacks the capability to intelligently decide where
to store the defragmented data on the hard disk based on frequency of
file usage, file size etc and also requires more than 15% of free space
on your hard disk to do it correctly.
Thus it fails to optimize your hard disk data access times for optimum pc performance. However you can use it to analyse the hard disk. See the Windows disk fragmentation analysis picture of a typical HDD below where all the red lines indicate file fragmentation. Even after you defragment with windows disk defragmenter you will still have a lot of red lines left and there will be no optimization done either.
Compare Hard Disk Defragmentation
Now Compare the results above with what you will achieve with
Fix-it-Disk-Optimizer in the picture below, that will do a
thorough and intelligent defragmentation based on various factors to
improve the data access time of your hard disk.
There will be no
fragments left and you will see green colour where optimization has been
done by Fix-it-Disk-Optimizer, which Windows disk defragmenter had
failed to do.
What is Hard Disk MFT - Master File Table ?
MFT is the Master File Table of your Hard Disk. It is a structure on a NTFS formatted partition that contains information on where files and other important NTFS structures can be found. If your hard disk MFT is damaged then the partition will be inaccessible and your computer may not boot up. Damaged MFT can not be repaired. You may have to buy a new hard disk.
What is MBR - Master Boot Record ?
The Master Boot Record, the first sector on the disk. Contains the partition tables. The partition table is a list that describes the locations of partitions on the disk. The Master Boot Record is executed when your computer boots up. Typically, the MBR resides on the first sector of the hard disk. The program begins the boot process by looking up the partition table to determine which partition to use for booting.It then transfers program control to the boot sector of that partition, which continues the computer boot process. In DOS and Windows systems, you can create the MBR with the FDISK /MBR command.
What is MBR Boot Code ?
Both the MBR and a boot sector contain a small "program" that allows
the operating system to find what is needed to bootup your computer.
This program called boot code is only required if one partition is an
active primary partition, and if an operating system is to be booted
from that partition.
The boot code in the MBR differs from the boot code
in a boot sector; the MBR's boot code is needed to find the partition
that has to be booted (this boot code is used by the computer's BIOS),
the boot sector's boot code is needed to find the necessary files
residing on that partition (this boot code is used by the operating
Since the boot code in the boot sector is used by the operating system, it is different for each operating system. The normal job of the MBR program is to search the partition table for the active partition, copy the boot sector from the active partition into memory, and transfer control over to that program. If the MBR fails to accomplish this task successfully, it will show any of these error messages: -
- Invalid partition table
- Error loading operating system
- Missing operating system
You get the above error messages because an MBR Virus replaced your hard disk MBR with its own code. Since the
MBR executes every time a computer is started up, the MBR virus becomes
MBR viruses normally enter a system through a
floppy disk that is installed in the floppy drive when the computer is
Even if the floppy disk is not bootable, it can infect the MBR. This MBR Virus also comes through CD or USB etc, if your BIOS allows other devices to be used for bootup like your CD ROM or a USB device. So ensure you have selected your Hard Disk as the only bootup device in the BIOS and disable all other boot devices unless you want to boot from a CD or USB specifically to fix a problem. To access BIOS setings you have to press "Del" button during computer startup.
What is EPBR - Extended Partition Boot Record ?
EPBR is exactly like the MBR, and this sector also contains a
partition table. But unlike the MBR, the EPBR can be anywhere on the
An Extended Boot Record (EBR), or Extended Partition Boot Record
(EPBR), It is a descriptor for a logical partition under the common DOS
disk drive partitioning system.
In this system, when one (and only one)
partition record entry in the Master Boot Record (MBR) is designated an
"extended partition," then you can subdivide a partition into a number
of logical drives.
The actual structure of that extended partition is described by one or more EBRs, which are located inside the extended partition. The first EBR will always be located on the very first sector of the extended partition. Unlike the primary partitions, which are all described by a single partition table within the MBR, and thus limited in number, each EBR precedes the logical partition it describes.
If another logical partition follows, then the first EBR will contain an entry pointing to the next EBR. In this way the multiple EBRs form a sort of chain from the first to the next and finally to the last EBR. Thus you can have any number of logical drives within an extended partition and it is limited only by the amount of space in your hard disk.
How to Recover Files and Data from Damaged Hard Disk ?
or MBR gets damaged
your hard disk becomes unusable for your computer.
This is because Windows cannot read the MFT which has all the information about all the data stored in your hard disk.
But if you have a lot of important files and data in your hard disk that you want to recover, then your will need to go for a file-oriented data recovery to recover files from the damaged partition. This can be done using a professional data recovery Software Windows Data Recovery.
Windows Data Recovery Pro
The Windows Data Recovery Software
is capable of searching for files and data in your hard disk without the
help of MFT.
It has its own advanced algorithm using which it will
detect all the files and data in the hard disk like your Office
documents, Photos, Videos, Music, MP3, Movies and any file that exists
even without any file extension.
After scanning your damaged hard disk Windows Data Recovery will present you with a list of files it has found as a preview. You can select the files and folders you want to recover and select a different drive or location to save them.Windows Data Recovery Software is so powerful that it can recover data and files even from a freshly formatted hard disk because formatting does not erase files but just removes their location from the MFT and this software does not need the MFT to find your data. Recover Lost Hard Disk Data Now
What is a Hard Disk Partition or Volume
A hard disk partition is a defined storage space on a hard drive.
Often you may divide your hard disk space into smaller volumes rather
than using the entire hard drive as a single drive.
This is accomplished
before formatting, in a process called partitioning. As the name
indicates, a hard disk partition is part of the drive, or a section,
treated by the operating system as an independent storage area or drive.
Hence, a 100 GB drive can be partitioned into several drives, rather than being used as one large drive for easy and better data storage like one drive for all your photos, another for all your videos movies etc, another one for all your songs, and one for all your office files etc. You can also use a separate hard drive partition to install an alternate operating system (OS). You can use FAT format one partition and NTFS on the other partion, if the two systems require different formatting schemes.
Programs and data can exist on a third partition to be used by either OS - whichever is active. A boot loader on the C:\ drive allows the user to choose which OS will boot. Also, if the operating system is corrupted you can always format the partition because all your data is on other partition.
How to Partition Your Hard Disk ?
Partitioning is usually accomplished with the fdisk command. But this
is used during initial hard disk setup. You can partition your hard disk
using Windows also.
For this right click on the "My Computer" icon on
desktop or in the windows explorer.
The select "Computer Management" and
from this select the "Disk Management" option.
Now you can right click
on any drive or any partition you see.
But remember that Partitioning a
hard drive will cause all data to be lost. Before creating a hard drive
partition on a disk already in use, be sure to backup your data to
another drive or CD/DVD or USB storages.
What is Hard Disk Bad Sector?
Sector is the smallest unit that can be accessed on a hard disk. When do
a low-level format of your hard disk, it is divided into tracks and
The tracks are concentric circles around the disk and the
sectors are segments within each circle as you can see in the diagram on
For example, a formatted disk might have 40 tracks, with each track divided into 10 sectors. Your Hard drives contain millions of sectors. It is very normal for some of these sectors to be bad sectors, even when the drive is first manufactured.
The operating system and disk drive keep tabs on where information is stored on the disk by noting its track and sector number. But today's modern hard disk drives use a technique called zoned-bit recording in which tracks on the outside of the disk contain more sectors than those on the inside. A sector which cannot be used due to a physical damage on the disk is called a bad sector.
How to Prevent Hard Disk Bad Sector ?
Hard Disks come with some bad sectors already present on it.
number of sectors will normally go bad during the lifespan of a drive.
This is due to the read write heads touching your hard disk platters
which are rotating at over 7000 rotations per minute or due to virus
When this happens, the data in those sectors may be lost, but
the data on the rest of the disk will be unaffected and the disk is
still completely usable.
A bad sector cannot be repaired, but Windows marks these sectors as unusable during formatting and Windows will not write any data in those damaged areas. The storage capacity of the disk will be decreased by the amount of storage space in the bad sector. If your hard drive develops a bad sector, back the hard drive up immediately. If the bad sector was caused by a faulty drive head, the problem can quickly spread to other sectors on the disk.
To prevent bad sectors you must always shut down you computer properly, never move your PC and laptop when the hard disk is being read or written indicated by the HDD Light. Use a reliable UPS for continuous power. Run your PC in a cool environment and never remove your hard disk from the PC as it is the job of a trained professional. Even if you have a HDD removed do not place any weight on it because the weight can damage the read write head or the head may touch the disk and sectors may go bad. Also install a reliable Anti-Virus software
How is Hard Disk Performance Measured ?
The Hard Disk Performance depends on its Data Transfer Rate or seek times and does not depend exclusively on its RPM. It depends on the technology (IDE is slower than SATA, which is slower than SCSI as well as the circuitry making up the Hard Disk. However for the same Hard Disk technology, a higher RPM usually does mean smaller Seek Times and higher data transfer rates. The Hard Disk performance is measured by the following parameters:
Hard Disk Data
Transfer Rate – This is the number of bytes of data that a
Hard Disk can deliver to the CPU (Central Processing Unit - the
Chip), for processing. Hard Disk Data Rates vary from 5 to 40
Megabytes per second. The higher the Data Rate, the faster is your
Data Access Time or Data Seek Time – This is the time taken
between the CPU’s request for data and time when it is actually
delivered to the CPU. Seek Times vary between 10 and 20
milliseconds. The lower the value of Seek Time, the better the hard
Hard Disk Capacity
– This is the total amount of data that your Hard Disk can store.
The higher the Hard Disk’s capacity, the more data can be stored on
it. Today you can buy hard disk with 500 GB or more and both
internal and external hard disks are available.
Hard Disk RPM
– The RPM or revolutions per minutes of the platters inside your
hard disk. Today, IDE Hard Disks have RPMs of 5,400 and 7,200, SATA
Drives have RPMs of 10,000 and SCSI Hard Disks have even higher RPMs
of 15000 or more.
How to Optimize Hard Disk Performance ?
Over a few days of use your Hard Disk may carry thousands of
temporary files, junk files, duplicate files etc.
First delete these
junk, temporary and duplicate files from Windows Temp Folder, Recycle
bins, Internet History, Cache folders, Temporary Internet Files etc.
Find all the duplicate files from your entire computer. Backup all your
important files and those files you use very rarely on to a CD/DVD/USB
drives to free up space your hard disk. Then defragment your hard disk.
You can automate all these process using
Fix-it-Disk-Optimizer . It is a very popular tool
downloaded by millions of pc users world over.
You can Use Fix-it-Disk-Optimizer to Benchmark your Hard Disk Performance.
You can Use Fix-it-Disk-Optimizer to Schedule your Hard Disk Performance Optimization as needed.
You can Use Fix-it-Disk-Optimizer to Remove Junk Files from Your Hard Disk Easily.
You can Use Fix-it-Disk-Optimizer to Easily Find & Delete Duplicate Files from Your Hard Disk.
Download Fix-it-Disk-Optimizer It works on all Windows Operating Systems including the latest XP/Vista & Windows 7. Fix all your Hard Disk Problems, remove all junk files, find and delete all duplicate files and Optimize your hard disk based on an intelligent file defragmentation algorithm for improved data access time and Speedup your PC & Laptop Performance.