Is JKdefrag for Windows a good program for enterprise? Is it safe? Can it be run on a running production server without fear of files becoming closed, unavailable, etc.?

Posted on 2009-02-16
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
   JKdefrag, is something I'm considering to download for use in the production, enterprise-level environment I support. I don't care if it's slower than Diskeeper. If it handles open files gracefully, doesn't cause other apps to slow noticeably, and poses NO RISK AT ALL, I'd really like to try it out - after hours, of course.
    I'm looking for a thumbs-up or thumbs-down from someone who has used it with a Windows server OS like Server 2003 to tell me if it has been effective and safe to use in a production environment. I am not looking for Vista or XP experience or advice or conclusions produced from googling product-info websites; I've already done that. The risk level is kind-of high here, and demands more checking than just basic research, which is why successful results on unmonitored workstations is not really helpful here. I need to know if this is safe and robust and can be immediately deployed without downtime or resource hogging or any other event that might draw attention to me! Thx.
Question by:T-Dev
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    Accepted Solution

    Generally speaking, all defrag utilities are based upon the same APIs...  so there's very little to distinguish them from a low-level behind the scenes perspective.
    As for "No Risk".... ha!   That's just not a practical requirement.    There's a bit of risk associated with any low-level disk operation.   (For example, I wouldn't do a defrag during a thunder storm).
    I presonally like the "descrete" defrag utilties (that you run when you want to run them), and stay away from the "automatic" defrag utilties that run continously.   Some folks might be shy about using a free-ware application (since there is no implied warranty), but I tend to discount that concern on actively maintained projects.
    I've occasionally used JKdefrag without incident on Server 2003.

    Author Comment

    That's a great response; you're honest about how much you've used it and logical without being dogmatic. Your answer also acknowledges the fact that we don't work in an industry with perfect tools with 100% sure perfect outcomes. I'm wondering if anyone else has anything to add.

    Author Closing Comment

    To say that you've used it occasionally without incident is not the perfect answer I was looking for, but it's the best you could do and the best offered by the whole EE community. As I said before, it's logical without being dogmatic. Your answer also acknowledges the fact that we don't work in an industry with perfect tools with 100% sure perfect outcomes.

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