DiskFresh

DiskFresh

Keep your hard drive running at top specs with this Windows utility.

If your microprocessor is the brain of your PC, then its hard drive is definitely its heart. In order to keep your PC running at peak proficiency, you need to keep your hard drive running well. This is one of the main reasons why I like applications like DiskFresh. It’s a hard drive utility for Windows.

DiskFresh is a powerful disk optimization tool. It can inform you if there are damaged or bad sectors on the drive, so you can determine the right time to replace the disk, as well as insure that the content is in the right spot for optimal access. Unlike other tools, it does the bulk of its work as a background task, and it doesn’t interfere with priority tasks.

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DiskFresh is a very simple app. As you can see from its UI, there’s not a lot to it. This can be seen as either a pro or a con. Its simple, so it doesn’t waste a lot of resources on eye candy or other information. Unfortunately, its stark display lacks any kind of useful information on fragmentation or other disk usage.

Its biggest plus is that it can work completely in the background and doesn’t take away resources from active tasks.

 

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Read and backup data from scratched CD/DVD/Blu-ray discs with AnyReader

Anyone with children has this problem – you’ve got CD/DVD’s running around the house without the protection of their jewel cases, and they’re scratched beyond belief. Disc Doctors and other physical repair tools are great for optical discs, but not for other faulty media like floppies, hard drives and flash drives.  This is the reason why I like AnyReader. It’s a must have data utility for Windows.

AnyReader copies files from scratched CD/DVD/Blu-ray or defective floppy or hard disks. When your computer is unable to copy files from a damaged disk it aborts and deletes the part of the file it has copied. AnyReader will continue copying the file right to the end. Any data that hasn’t been recovered after several retries is replaced with blanks. This will allow you to effectively read every byte of information that can be read at all for the media in question so that it can be copied to the destination of choice.

AnyReader effectively copies corrupt data from erroneous network and/or internet connections if standard copying methods fail. It supports resumed downloads from the remote server if the connection was broken during the copy process.  This is especially useful for unreliable or spotty Wi-Fi networks.

AnyReader is an awesome tool. If you’re trying to pull data off corrupt or damaged discs or media and nothing else you do seems to work, AnyReader is the type of application that can save your bacon. Its affordable and reasonably priced and is a welcomed edition to my stable of utilities.  The only real downside to the app is that it won’t work with Macs or Mac discs. This would be a stone-cold ringer if it was a multi-platform utility.

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Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2011 Suite

Prepare to test the latest version of Paragon’s Hard Disk Manager. One of the most comprehensive hard drive tool has reached version 11 and Paragon brings new additions and improvements to the suite.

With Hard Disk Manager 2011 Suite you can move any Windows OS since XP from a regular hard disk to a fast SSD (Solid State Drive) even of a smaller capacity, thanks to advanced data exclusion capabilities. You can also convert basic MBR to basic GPT disks which means that you can use now the full capacity of a new 3TB drive into Windows XP.

Hard Disk Manager 2011 Suite can also backup and restore any of your drives through differential, incremental, or complementary methods. It comes also with a data consistency checkup and a file system optimization including support for Microsoft’s exFAT file system.

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Toshiba Introduces STOR.E ART 4 External HDDs with USB 3.0

Toshiba HDD

Toshiba HDD

Toshiba today unveiled the new STOR.E ART 4 external hard disk drives featuring SuperSpeed USB technology (USB 3.0) for super-fast data transfers with a transmission rate of up to 5 Gigabit per second. The sleekly designed external hard disk drives will be available during the first quarter of 2011 throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Backup technology and password-protection on board

Coming pre-loaded with NTI Backup Now EZTM, STOR.E ART 4 allows users to easily organize their backup routines. NTI BackupNow EZ software provides fully-customisable backup capabilities, including the option to backup specific folders, certain file types, and to conduct a system backup. In addition, complete password-protection with up to 256-bit data encryption prevents unauthorized access to data.

Designed to give storage a personal touch

Available in a selection of three models with red, blue, and white coloured graphical accents on a high gloss black finish STOR.E ART 4 gives customers the choice to express their personal style. It provides a capacity of up to 1TB. Thanks to the small dimensions and light weight of less than 190g, rubberised edges, a power supply via the USB connection and an embedded shock sensor protecting data stored on the disk in case of an accidental drop or shock, STOR.E ART 4 is ideal for mobile usage. It is also suitable for stationary usage, making a very smart desk accessory.

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Ashampoo Magical Defrag – disk defragmentation on the fly

Over time, hard drives get fragmented due to half-hearted maintenance, resulting in a significantly measurable performance loss. Usually defragmenting your hard-disks with the Windows defragmentation service takes ages to complete. Working during idle periods, Ashampoo Magic Defrag pauses automatically the defragmentation process as soon as other programs require processor capacity or access the hard disk.

Ashampoo Magical Defrag

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Signs that your Hard Drive kicks the bucket

Signs that your Hard Drive kicks the bucket, taking all your data with it:

– frequent crashes, especially while booting up
– frequent error messages while copying or moving or files
– disappearing files and folders
– long times to access folders and files
– scrambled files or folders names
– unusually loud sounds which you never heard before (clicking, repeated spin-up and spin-down)

In case your harddisk just kicked the bucket, try File Scavenger Data Recovery.

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Reasons Why Windows Is Not A Virus

Reasons Why Windows Is Not A Virus
1. Viruses are free.
2. Viruses don’t take up most of your hard drive.
3. Viruses don’t need 3 GB of RAM.
4. Viruses don’t have major bugs.
5. Viruses don’t have three different sets of documentation.
6. Viruses aren’t on every computer.
7. Nobody cares if a virus turns out to be 32 bit, even though it is advertised as 64…
8. Viruses install themselves !

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5 reasons your computer performance drops dead

‎5 reasons your computer performance will fall in time:

  1. Leftover garbage by uninstallers / manually deleted programs. Solution: Total Uninstall.
  2. Hard drive fragmentation that causes longer time-outs for your drive to seek for and load files. Solution: Auslogics Disk Defrag.
  3. Programs that load themselves in memory for faster loading time. Solution: Quick Startup.
  4. Big amount of installed programs. Solution: AVG PC Tuneup.
  5. And finally, viruses, spy-ware, etc. can be to blame one too many times. Did I forget something ? 🙂 Solution: Kaspersky Internet Security.

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