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Defragging: Individual Drives or DrivePool?

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When defragging, should I select each individual drive or do I just choose the drivepool? This is just via the Windows 8 built-in defragger.

 

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I am Running WS2012E R2, should I use the built in function or can I use Perfectdisk? I don't want to lose data and want to avoid doing something wrong. My mixture is SSD system drive and 4tb drives internal and external container.

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There is ABSOLUTELY NO ISSUE using either the built in defragmentation software, or using 3rd party software.

 

Specifically, StableBit DrivePool stores the files on normal NTFS volumes. We don't do anything "weird" that would break defragmentation. At all.

 

In fact, I personally use PerfectDisk on my server (which has 12 HDDs), and have never had an issue with it.

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I am Running WS2012E R2, should I use the built in function or can I use Perfectdisk? I don't want to lose data and want to avoid doing something wrong. My mixture is SSD system drive and 4tb drives internal and external container.

 

 

There is ABSOLUTELY NO ISSUE using either the built in defragmentation software, or using 3rd party software.

 

Specifically, StableBit DrivePool stores the files on normal NTFS volumes. We don't do anything "weird" that would break defragmentation. At all.

 

In fact, I personally use PerfectDisk on my server (which has 12 HDDs), and have never had an issue with it.

 

The defragger built into Windows Server 2012 can defrag multiple disks at the same time, just select them all like you would select multiple files and hit Optimize. Worked fine for my 24 drive server, it did all 24 at the same time.

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The defragger built into Windows Server 2012 can defrag multiple disks at the same time, just select them all like you would select multiple files and hit Optimize. Worked fine for my 24 drive server, it did all 24 at the same time.

Or you can open up a command prompt and run "defrag /c /o"

Or get a list of the commands by running "defrag /?" from a command prompt.

 

However, I like the PerfectDisk defragger, because it support multiple different profiles, which can boost performance. As well as better support for things like prepping to shrink a drive. As well as the real-time optimization.

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However, I like the PerfectDisk defragger, because it support multiple different profiles, which can boost performance. As well as better support for things like prepping to shrink a drive. As well as the real-time optimization.

 

What version of Perfectdisk are you running? I am familiar with the product as I run it on my WHS v1 box, can you talk about how you have your perfectdisk configured?

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What version of Perfectdisk are you running? I am familiar with the product as I run it on my WHS v1 box, can you talk about how you have your perfectdisk configured?

The lastest, which is 13.

 

Specifically, I bought the "Smart Bundle", which was the server version and 5 Pro versions (for $150).  The server license is $100 normally, so it's not a bad deal.

The "home server" may work, but it looks like it's still using v12.

 

As for the setup.... I use the "SSD" option for the SSD drives, completely disabled the Pool drive, but I use the "SMARTPlacement" for the rest of the disks, and use the "Performance Aggressive" option. This stores the boot and directory info at the beginning of the disk. Then the "Recently" modified files, so they're at the beginning as well, and will load faster. Then the occasionally and rarely modified files (in that order).  In theory, this should favor frequently modified files, as these are arguably more important.

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I found this after posting my question sorry about that. just to make sure I disabled the pool correctly i right clicked on it an added it to exclusions.I set the SSD to SSD Optimize and left the OS Server Back up disk to consolidate free space.

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