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  1. It would be nice if SD had a drive health section where users could monitor long term drive performance, pull up drive health statistics and smart data reports.
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  2. In the report view, when you click the Size column heading, it dutifully sorts it by size, but it does not handle large numbers correctly! Files over about 575MB occasionally appear at the bottom of the list (smaller than 4k) or in random order above 575MB (or occasionally inserted into a lower order, such as 32GB appearing between 23.8MB and 85.4 MB). Dekker
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  3. Yes, another suggestion. It'd be nice if somewhere (perhaps beside the map/legend) you indicated "one block represents approx 1 MB" or something to that effect, adjusted to the actual size based on the user's view. As an aside, disk defragmentation is something that, when working correctly, users don't think much about. Giving the users a pleasant, or dare I say "fun", experience will keep users coming back to the app (and possibly seeing your ads for the other products). As long as the "job" is getting done, feedback and user experience are all that is left to differentiate your product from others. All that to explain why my suggestions are mostly based on the user experience.
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  4. Yet another suggestion. When viewing the "State" tab, with all the blocks representing areas of the drive, if the user re-sizes the display, these blocks should re-flow to intelligently fill the space. Currently, if you increase the dimensions, new blocks are added to the bottom, however it is misleading in that it would appear to indicate you have free/unused space at the end of your drive. Instead, either do not create new "blocks" when the window is enlarged, or intelligently re-map to fill the spaces available. Dekker
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  5. This is what I mean by attempting to manually defragment a "No defrag needed" file. Perhaps a better description would have been to "defragment the specific file" instead of the entire drive. http://postimg.org/image/ywz95h5hr/ Then if I double-click the file (which opens it in Windows Explorer), then right-click the file and select "Defrag by Smart Defrag", it loads it up in Smart Defrag as an individual file, and starts to defragment it. This takes a while (naturally) and it eventually returns to the Report page with the following result displayed: http://postimg.org/image/s04295uv7/ http://postimg.org/image/ric81i6gp/ http://postimg.org/image/jwhcyusld/ These files are relatively static containers. They are of FIXED size once allocated, however the contents may be read and/or modified over time. The only event that will change its size is a "delete", in which case the fragmentation is no longer a concern. My other suggestion regarding pushing large files to the end of the drive was for these types of data files, since once defragmented, they will never become fragmented on their own. But being so large, if I don't clear a block of contiguous space first (another of my suggestions), these large data files are forced into hundreds of fragments. Anyway, those are the improvements I'd like to see to make it more usable for "me" anyway! Dekker
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  6. First, as an aside, let me state that your registration process is onerous. Your company invites feed back (which is good) but your website requires registration (understandable) but then requires a human moderator to "activate" the account before the new registrant can post anything. I'm all for reducing spam/bots, but until I get that manual "activate" I can't put my ideas anywhere. By the time the moderator gets to activating the account, most 1st-time visitors will forget why they came in the first place. As a suggestion, allow the user to create/write/post, but moderate the POSTS until they are activated. That would allow the first-time visitor with a problem to post their question, and if they were good citizens and didn't do anything wrong, their post will be approved and seen by the appropriate audience. (sorry, that's not why I came here in the first place, but it did make me jump through hoops to post my REAL suggestion. It was over six (!) hours between clicking though my email confirmation and getting moderator approved. OK, as for SD4 suggestions: 1) Sometimes, users just want what they want, not necessarily what is good for them. Give users the option to do things like: - place files over <dropdown with various sizes> at the end of the disk. The thinking here is that large files for media servers won't change sizes, while smaller logfiles (etc) will, thereby keeping the fragments together at the beginning of the disk (and various other reasons) - Allow the user to override the "no defrag needed" message that is given for LARGE files (usually over 20GB). I regularly get these messages, even when there are over 300 fragments. Not always "required" in a performance sense, but let me defragment it anyway! And no, the manual defragment doesn't work either. And if it matters, there is currently over 18% free space, over 5x the size of the files in question. This may be a bug in the "skip files larger than ..." option, but I don't think so. I have tested, and using that option results in "skipped" message. This is different. 2) User Interface Improvements - Tooltip definitions of the various "Defragment" options when you hover over them. It seems so retro to have to click Help and search the online manual manually to figure things out. Furthermore, if the questions of "what is the difference between Defrag Only and Defrag and Fully Optimize" is being asked in the forums, it may not be clear enough in the documentation... - In your Settings pages, have a "HELP" button that takes you to the IOBit webpage that supports that exact screen. It is frustrating when you are unsure what a checkbox does, to have to try searching the online manual when a context-sensitive help button would be beneficial. - In the main SD tab, you have a block representation of the drive, and a legend at the bottom of all the colours. Hovering over individual blocks in the drive representation seems to do nothing, but you have to hover over the legend icons to see the meaning of block colours. I suggest either expanding the colour legend at the bottom with the appropriate language meanings beside, or adding the block's meaning to the tooltip when you hover over the drive map blocks. As it stands, it feels odd as a user to see a colour in the drive map, have to find the matching colour in the legend, hover, read, find a different colour in the map, then the legend, hover, read, etc. - In your Automatic Defrag tab, in the bottom-third of the screen labelled "Automatic defragmented files statistics", there are a number of vertical bars above dates. Above these bars is a number. There is no indication what that number represents, nor any indication of whether a larger number is better or worse, or what can be done about it. The numbers do not seem to match the "reports" that show the number of files defragmented. - Add F1 support to bring you to the relevant support page for the context the user was in when they pressed F1. 3) Consolidate Free Space - Sometimes users need a large block of contiguous free space, and need it "now". Give an option to just shove everything forwards/backwards to create the largest free space block possible, without necessarily defragmenting. Give the option to defragment as well, if you must. This is useful when users are creating/moving/resizing large static files like pagefiles, which benefit from being contiguous. 4) Reports - If you go to the Reports page, and click "View Reports" in the bottom-right, it brings you to a directory containing recent reports in HTML format. They are organized by date/time, but legibility would be increased if there were dashes (or other) separators between the yyyy-mm-dd hh-mm-ss. Well, that's enough for now :) -- Dekker
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  7. It would be great to get some trim support integrated into smart defrag. I say this because my SSD does not have its own utility to perform the trim I actually have to use Windows Defrag to do the trim. It would be a nice additional feature since Smart Defrag can replace windows defrag. I have to uncheck that box with SD3 so I would love for SD4 to have that functionality and be able to use just 1 defrag. :-D
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  8. Add "No more than once in" feature to Automatic Defrag Add No more than once in feature to Automatic Defrag. This feature would allow users to decide how often their drives should be defragmented automatically. No more than once in feature could look something like this: http://content.screencast.com/users/RochLakatos/folders/Snagit/media/0b7bb58e-7a31-4549-9628-1939f5088161/07.14.2014-12.26.png Drop down list example (slider with more time options would be even better) http://content.screencast.com/users/RochLakatos/folders/Snagit/media/82ddc03b-81a7-4a57-9b38-8f30b7e3b03b/07.14.2014-12.27.png No more than once in feature should be incorporated into this Smart Defrag 4 screen: http://content.screencast.com/users/RochLakatos/folders/Snagit/media/1cfbb5fd-c9e4-4b42-9dca-17a652da7411/07.14.2014-12.27.png
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  9. All the above suggestions would be useful. Another: A consolidate free space option. See Screenshot.
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  10. Hi. Hope my suggestions posted for SD3 get considered for SD4: Here is the original post: http://forums.iobit.com/showpost.php?p=98705&postcount=70 And here they are again with additional comments: IN RED ARE SOME ADDITIONS BASED ON MY EXPERIENCE WITH SD 3 1) SD run as a service not just as a startup program: The reason for this is for SD to start working even if no user has logged in, this is a must have for windows servers, but for other editions of windows it's also great because as soon as windows starts or a user logs off, SD is able to start working before loading some additional files, hence further optimizing the HDD. 2) make SD 64-bit: 32-bit programs works on 64-bit, but if a program "IS" 64-bit then it performs better in 64-bit environment. This could be handled in two different ways: A) to have two installers, one for 32-bit and another for 64-bit B) that the installer has both versions, it will install 32 bit for 32 bit windows and 64 bit for 64 bit windows or let the user decide what version to install. 3) Allow to fully resize columns, list of drives and drive map (and any other layout item) and to store the new configuration, so that every time you open SD the customized layout presentation is preserved. I noticed that this point is well explained in this thread: http://forums.iobit.com/showthread.php?t=15675 by enoskype 4) A more comprehensive boot time defrag: Right now boot time defrags: Page file, Hibernation file, MFT and system files. Would be great to add the default defrag methods to also be performed at boot time: A) Defrag B) Defrag and Fast Optimize C) Defrag and Full Optimize D) Defrag and prioritize The reason?, for SD to further defrag and/or optimize the drive(s). Specially for the "C" drive, since some files could not even get defragmented by SD because they are in use. For example. If I have a startup program like an AV, firewall, etc. the open files are not defragmented and they are not considered system files, hence they are not defragmented with the current boot time defrag And let the user choose when to do a “Boot Defrag”, “Boot Defrag and Fast Optimize”, and “Boot Defrag and Full Optimize”. and a "Boot Defrag and prioritize" For example, the recommended boot time is every 7 day first boot. So in a separate setting you could choose how often the other defrag methods will be run, and allow each method to be configured individually, for example: Defrag - Every 7 day first boot Defrag and Fast Optimize - Every 14 day first boot Defrag and Full Optimize - Every 60 day first boot. Defrag and prirotize - every 120 day on first boot. Obviously Iobit would define the default setting, just as the "every 7 day first boot" for the current boot time. Perhaps the recommended setting will be to have disabled those additional 3 boot time defrag? NOTE: i think Iobit approach for default settings has being great, so for novice users the default would work, and a more advanced or experienced user could further configure SD with those additional boot defrag methods (and other options as well) 5) SD to be aware when a USB drive is going to be safely remove: Sometimes when you want to safely remove a USB flash drive or USB EHDD, SD will not allow to do that, even if the USB drive is not set for automatic defrag. That feature should also work for USB drives that are set for automatic defrag and that are being defragmented, so SD detects the "Safely Remove" request and releases the drives for safe removal. NOTE: I believe that this is already working with SD 3.1.0.319, since I has being able to safely remove my USB devices, just keep an eye on that so that SD4 also has this feature 6) Improve the drive map, so SD mark with a different color the page file, the hibernation file, the VSS files and the system files: Doing so will give a better idea of how fragmented are those files, since at this moment all that files are all grouped as "ummovable files" 7) All users installation: SD 2.9 installs only for the current user, so if another user logs then SD will not start. AND SD 3.1.0.319 also installs just for the current user check my post regarding this topic: http://forums.iobit.com/showthread.php?t=16678 This could be addressed with two methods: 1) Include an option to install to all users. and also to make sure that SD not only installs for all users, but that it will run for all users, even new users 2) Make SD to run as a service. I think this is the best approach, sine SD could start working without any user logged. I would really like to see this approach of SD run as a service, this is the only way for making SD run without any user logged in, and so start optimizing and defragging the drives when the computer is idle AND no user has logged in yet. Hope my suggestions get considered to improve SD :-D Hope now they are considered for the upcoming SD4 :-D
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