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Simplified Virtual Floppy Drive v2.1

lwc on 12 Mar 2019

Simplified Virtual Floppy Drive (VFD) mounts image files (*.img) as new browseable computer resources. View, edit, rename, delete, create, or launch files on a virtual floppy as well as format.

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Runs on: WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: None
Dependencies: Administrator rights
Stealth: ? No
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware/Open Source
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch vfdwin.exe.

SSD-Z v16.09.09b

billon on 20 Nov 2016
  • 1MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 9 Sep 2016
  • Suggested by billon

SSD-Z provides a tabbed interface with diagnostics, analysis, and benchmark tools for your solid state drive. You can view S.M.A.R.T. status, partition layout, NAND, controller, and more.

Alternatively, SSD-Z Portable is also available.

Category:
Runs on: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch SSD-Z.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: CrystalDiskInfo

HDHacker v1.6.5

billon on 30 May 2020
  • 559KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 30 May 2020
  • Suggested by milentechie

HDHacker is a utility that saves, visualizes and restores the MBR (from a physical drive), the boot sector (from a logical drive) or any sector on a disk. It can be used to save and restore a particular boot manager (e.g. LILO). It can also be used to backup the MBR or boot sector so that they can be restored later if corrupted.

Category:
Runs on: WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: None
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch HDHacker.exe.
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MIKLO on 2016-06-15 13:17

I'm curious who has used this and what they think.
MIKLO

joby_toss on 2016-06-15 13:37

I hope I never have to use it...

MIKLO on 2017-07-22 15:46

Well a year has gone by and no new info on this software, guess I will just have to be curious :P I do agree with @joby_toss
MIKLO

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HD Tune v2.55

webfork on 27 Mar 2016

HD Tune is a hard disk utility that includes drive info, benchmarking, and drive health. Information includes partitions, firmware version, serial number, etc. while benchmarking covers transfer rate, access time, burst rate, and more. Health parameters include the S.M.A.R.T details as well as temperature and a whole disk surface scan.

Functional with SSD and flash memory.

Note: this is the last freeware version. A "pro" version with additional features is available from the website.

Category:
Runs on: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Windows registry
Stealth: ? No
License: Free for personal use
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract to a temporary folder
  2. Move the files from {app} to a folder of your choice
  3. Launch HDTune.exe
Latest comments
CD on 2007-03-09 07:36

Very nice little program. Swiss army knife of HD software.

I was worried that this program writes to the registry (HKLM\HDTune), but you can avoid this by NEVER changing the default options/configurations. You can look at the options, just DO NOT click OK. There are very few options anyways and the default options are fine.

The only registry entries left will be the regular entries for recently used documents, recent files, MRU, etc. But these cannot be avoided because they are Microsoft generated.

Dan Dascalescu on 2009-02-21 17:28

Neither HDTune 2.53, nor HDTune Pro 3.50 ever detected the SMART parameters of my internal laptop drive (a Hitachi HTS721060G9SA00). HDDScan and CrystalDiskInfo detected them fine.

bzl333 on 2013-07-29 00:39

Softpedia has a portable version:

http://www.softpedia.com/get/PORTABLE-SOFTWARE/System/System-Enhancements/Windows-Portable-Applications-Portable-HD-Tune.shtml

not listed on the HDTune website afaik.

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DTemp v1.00 Build 34 (RC8)

Andrew Lee on 12 Feb 2013

DTemp is a small program that sits in the system tray and monitors the temperature of your harddisks. It is also able to warn you about runaway harddisk temperature or impending harddisk failure based on its S.M.A.R.T parameters.

Category:
Runs on: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP
Writes settings to: Windows registry. But given the nature of the application, I think it can be accepted as portable.
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP file and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch the program by double-clicking on DTemp.exe.
Latest comments
syst3m on 2010-05-27 21:53

DTemp.att is missing..

webfork on 2011-05-24 21:43

rziman: thanks, updated

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