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TestDisk v7.0

billon on 15 Jul 2017
  • 28MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 18 Apr 2015
  • Suggested by AlephX

TestDisk is a powerful drive and data recovery software that is designed to help recover lost partitions and/or make non-booting disks bootable again. This can be caused by faulty software, certain types of viruses, or of course human error (such as accidentally deleting your partition table).

The program is cross-platform with recovery tools for a long list file systems and includes the also-portable recovery software PhotoRec.

Note: Use with caution; it's recommended that you read the documentation and take your time. The software can easily made dramatic and difficult-to-reverse system modifications.

Category:
System Requirements: WinAll
Writes settings to: None
Stealth: ? No
License: GPL
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch testdisk_win.exe.
What's new?
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Midas on 2015-02-08 12:48

@bzl333: TestDisk is a multi-platform tool, so it has to speak some kind of computing Esperanto -- Linux users would be as puzzled as you are if it was the other way around... so you're right, it's an expert tool, as noted above.

shnbwmn on 2015-12-29 14:49

I'm sure this program is fantastic, if I can only figure out how to use it.

webfork on 2015-12-30 00:36

shnbwmn: The documentation on the website gives an effective breakdown: http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Step_By_Step

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CrystalDiskInfo v7.8.3 Updated

billon on 24 Oct 2018
  • 9MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 24 Oct 2018
  • Suggested by guinness

CrystalDiskInfo monitors disk health status and temperature, monitoring/graphing of S.M.A.R.T. diagnostic information. The program also tells you how many times the hard disk has been turned on and how many hours.

Functional with magnetic and solid state disks.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Administrator rights
.NET 2.0+ (only required for Alert Mail)
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: MIT
How to extract:
  1. Download the "Portable" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Optionally, delete License, gadget, opus folders, unnecessary languages and themes, AlertMail.exe and AlertMail4.exe
  3. Launch DiskInfo32.exe or DiskInfo64.exe
Similar/alternative apps: PassMark DiskCheckup, HDDScan
What's new?
  • Improved compatibility with AMD StoreMI and FuzeDrive.
Latest comments
bzl333 on 2011-09-01 01:27

it has OpenCandy bundled with it now according to that Gizmo site.

rodger123 on 2012-09-22 17:41

Woked fine on my USB storage drive-Hallers version at portable apps better,cleans up itself,slick program.

SYSTEM on 2012-09-26 14:31

@rodger123: This "worse" version only leaves files in Internet Explorer's cache. IMHO, the overhead caused by PortableApps.com Launcher is not worth it.

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CrystalDiskMark v6.0.2 Updated

billon on 21 Oct 2018
  • 6MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 21 Oct 2018
  • Suggested by malikorx69

CrystalDiskMark is benchmarks disk performance, measuring sequential and random 4KB/512KB reads/writes for any storage device. The target device does not need to be formatted.

A 64-bit version is available (within the folder).

Alternatively, CrystalDiskMark Portable is also available, which auto-switches between x86 and x64.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Unicode support: Yes
License: MIT
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch DiskMark32.exe or DiskMark64.exe (for 64-bit OS).
Similar/alternative apps: HD Tune, IsMyHdOK
What's new?
  • Fixed crash on w/o SSE2 environment.
  • Updated Compiler: Visual C++ 2017 Update 8 (UI only).
Latest comments
Midas on 2015-08-01 18:04

Thanks, smaragdus, nicely done -- but as the topic you found is a single post, I think we should ask webfork to merge it with the current official topic. What do you think?

Checker on 2015-08-01 18:52

@ smaragdus: First mentioned by malikorx69 [07 Feb 2008], so this is the forum topic.
guinness post is dated [09 Nov 2009].
I agree to merge the two, but malikorx69's should be first!

AndTheWolf on 2016-11-07 21:09

CrystalDiskinfo should not be listed under Similar/alternative apps for CrystalDiskMark. CrystalLDiskMark benchmarks, whereas CrystalDiskinfo supplies a lot of disk information, but does NOT benchmark.

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DPC Latency Checker v1.3.0

Midas on 24 Jan 2014

DPC Latency Checker analyzes the capabilities of a computer system to handle real-time data streams properly. It may help to find the cause for interruptions in real-time audio and video streams, also known as drop-outs.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: None
License: Free for personal use
How to extract: Download dpclat.exe to a folder of your choice and launch.
Latest comments
Midas on 2014-01-24 10:32

DPC Latency Checker is a must have in any computer debugging toolkit for its ability to highlight arcane system problems; it won't fix them, but will assert their existence beyond reasonable doubt.

From the webpage: "DPC Latency Checker is a Windows tool that analyses the capabilities of a computer system to handle real-time data streams properly. It may help to find the cause for interruptions in real-time audio and video streams, also known as drop-outs."

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DiskInternals Linux Reader v3.2 Updated

billon on 29 Sep 2018
  • 21MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 28 Sep 2018
  • Suggested by AlephX

DiskInternals Linux Reader provides several disk management tools in an easy-to-use interface. Most notably it includes a tool for reading disks formatted to to a variety of file systems for Mac and Linux, as well as virtual disks from VMware, VirtualBox, VirtualPC and Parallels (VMDK, VHD, VDI, HDS), as well as a disk image creator. The interface includes a disk usage window, basic file search, and a preview option for pictures and text.

Can create disk images (.img and .dsk), including boot sector. Filesystems supported include:

  • Ext2/3/4
  • ReiserFS, Reiser4
  • HFS, HFS+ (Mac OS)
  • FAT, exFAT
  • NTFS, ReFS (next-gen Windows filesystem)
  • UFS2

A 64-bit version is available (within the folder).

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Administrator rights
Stealth: ? No. HKLM\SOFTWARE\DiskInternals, HKCU\Software\DiskInternals
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract the files with Universal Extractor to a temporary folder
  2. Move the contents of $INSTDIR to a folder of your choice
  3. Launch LinuxReader.exe (for 32-bit OS) or LinuxReader64.exe (for 64-bit OS)
Similar/alternative apps: Explore2fs Portable Edition
Latest comments
Midas on 2016-01-14 15:28

@checker: after my experience with the largely illiterate (*ducks*) masses of the Net, I believe a link is more eloquent and straightforward than a note. For one, it's part of the the database structure, while a note is easy to overlook. I motion for the link to be reinstated.

SYSTEM on 2016-01-14 16:11

@Midas: I agree. I was the one who added the 64-bit download link before Checker removed it.

webfork on 2017-03-01 19:13

Tested with Mac-formatted HFS+ drive today and this worked beautifully. Very easy and fast.

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