DiskZIP 2019.1 Review

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  1. msintle

    msintle Notebook Consultant

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    The new version of DiskZIP is here, and it promises more features and benefits than before.

    This is a placeholder for my upcoming review.

    Please post here with any questions you may have while I work on my review.
     
  2. msintle

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    Folks, sorry it took me so long to get back to you here - the hard working team at DiskZIP advised me to hold my horses, as they're in the middle of another, VERY EXCITING update!

    While I'll have to hold this review until they green-light it, they did give me permission to share their latest innovation with you all here - DiskZIP Resident!

    DiskZIP Resident is the fourth and newest transparent disk compression application in the DiskZIP package. A set it and forget it application to accelerate/compress your disk, seamlessly, and perpetually.

    Remember how NTFS supported automatic compression for new and updated files in folders marked with the NTFS compression attribute? Microsoft forgot that for Windows 10’s new compression methods. Until DiskZIP Resident!

    DiskZIP Resident:
    • Sits in your system tray and may be closed any time.
    • Performs automatic background compression of new and updated files on your system using your desired compression algorithm.
    • Allows you to define any number of file type and folder exclusions against compression, including built-in recommended exclusions.
    • Displays helpful compression statistics on space saved all time, and in your current session.
    • Features adjustable compression priority.
    Please install DiskZIP 2019 first and then extract the attached archive, overwriting the previous copy of the file. You may then invoke DiskZIP Resident as follows:

    “C:\Program Files (x86)\DiskZIP Computing, Inc\DiskZIP 2019\Applications\DiskZIP Online\pDoubleDecker.exe” resident

    Please PM me for the archive password - the company has requested that I keep a tight lid on distribution for now. Please note that it is really a 7ZIP archive, which you may extract with DiskZIP 2019 (despite the extension being ZIP, to allow for the forum upload here).

    The company assures me that they have extensively tested this new product (in fact, it was due for inclusion in the original release of DiskZIP 2019, but didn't make the cutoff), and there are no known issues as of this writing. However, it IS a beta, so please exercise caution!

    I myself will be commencing my own testing as of this writing - the same time as you all. I commend the company for making the beta available to us all at this stage.

    Here are the intentional limitations in this beta release:
    • 32-bit only (still runs on 64-bit platforms with file system redirection disabling).
    • Processes drive C: only.
    • Not available as a service, but as an executable which needs to be manually (or automatically) started at each logon.
    I imagine they will continue to refine the product until its final inclusion in DiskZIP 2019 (or DiskZIP 2020?) so please share all your feedback with us here, publicly or privately!
     

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    I use and installed 7zip a much smaller package to use and so far I have no issue with it.
     
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    Common misconception: Windows also has this feature without having to buy another one. I don't advise using compressions as that will add more problem should it fail to work correctly. Especially if you your data is important-just get larger HDD to archive the data to retrieve it instead. Compressing isn't going to improve speed actually it makes it work harder to uncompress and compress it again to use the data. Which sooner or later will lead to data failure. A uncompressed drive will have a better recovery outcome should data restoring be needed. That's my review of drive Compression software.
     
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    Ditto! It only has to do more work to uncompress the files it compressed before upon access. I wouldn't touch such snake oil even if you paid me.
     
  7. msintle

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    Windows does not have this feature at all, at least not if you want to compress more than 10% of your disk, or do it without rendering your PC unbootable. See here:

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads/diskzip-review-finished.815511/page-2 - Section: 3. In Use - DiskZIP Online, Approximating with Built-In Windows Tools.

    Moreover, compression does improve speed, as has been proven with benchmark testing on real-world games. See here:

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads/diskzip-review-finished.815511/ - Section: Here are official DiskZIP results on an SSD

    The results vary by compression type and the type of hardware compression is running on. In general, if you have an HDD, you want the strongest algorithms, and if you have an SSD, you want the fastest algorithms. Even if you have plenty of free disk space, its hard to insist that you'd prefer a slower PC, especially when DiskZIP has been fully optimized inside out to make your PC measurably faster.

    Last but not least, compression will not lead to data failure on its own, just because data is compressed. That's like saying a ZIP file will eventually get corrupted sitting around, just because its compressed. Compression may certainly expose underlying errors with hardware, but even that may be a blessing in disguise, protecting you from a lemon that was bound to fail sooner or later.

    I know a lot of the old DOS disk compression products have a bad reputation - Microsoft's DoubleSpace actually had data corruption bugs, for example. AddStor's SuperStor pro-actively rendered disks unbootable when it was used with anti-virus software.

    All this is stuff from nearly three decades ago - back when PC software was a toddler at best, barely crawling on all fours. Companies have learned from those mistakes. The world has long moved on from the antique days of buggy MS-DOS and OS/2 system software.
     
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    I understand what you're trying to say. ( So, a little of this is tongue in cheek, but... ) have you been reading other threads in this Windows forum?
     
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    Not gonna sit here and argue with you. If you believe it is beneficial, feel free to use it, as I mentioned, I would never put this kind of junk on my laptop, my friends' or my family's computers.

    Even if it may be faster in synthetic benchmarks, that's because the file size is actually smaller after being compressed but in real world scenarios, it takes more time as it needs to uncompress whatever it compressed in the first place. It takes no genius to figure this out. Common sense!!!

    Aside from the fact that it is actually slower in real life workloads, it can cause data loss. I personally know a few people who lost all their data with such tools.

    I'm outta here. You enjoy your compression tool d00d.
     
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    Wouldn't such a program also put unnecessary wear and tear on a solid state drive?
     
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