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CrystalDiskInfo v8.10.0 Updated

billon on 22 Jan 2021
  • 9MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 23 Jan 2021
  • 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:
Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Administrator rights
Internet Explorer 8+
Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0+/4.0+ (only for Alert Mail)
Unicode support: Yes
License: MIT License
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Delete License folder, DiskInfoA32.exe, DiskInfoA64.exe, gadget folder and unnecessary language files (inside CdiResource directory)
  3. Optionally, delete opus folder, unnecessary themes, AlertMail.exe and AlertMail4.exe
  4. Launch DiskInfo32.exe or DiskInfo64.exe
Similar/alternative apps: PassMark DiskCheckup, HDDScan
What's new?
  • Re-support Samsung SATA SSD Life report.
  • Added:
    • ZHITAI SC001 support;
    • SK hynix Gold S31 support;
    • KLEVV NEO N610 support.
  • Improved Micron/Crucial SATA SSDs support.
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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.

Special on 2020-12-15 23:43

Might be worth staying on the previous release if you have a Samsung SSD like the very popular EVO. Why wouldn't you want to have the health the % available???

8.9.0 [2020/12/15]
Deleted Samsung SATA SSD Life report

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BOOTICE v1.3.4

billon on 25 Jan 2019
  • 937KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 17 Jun 2016
  • Suggested by Midas

BOOTICE is a boot-related maintenance gadget that is used to install, repair, backup and restore disk (mirrored) MBR or partition PBR; edit Windows boot configuration file BCD; manage UEFI startup items; VHD / VHDX file management. In addition, it has disk sector editing, disk filling, partition management, disk partitioning and formatting, GRUB4DOS menu editing and other functions.

NOTE: Homepage is down, linking to Softpedia.

Category:
Runs on:Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: None
Dependencies: Administrator rights
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch BOOTICEx86_XXXX.XX.XX_vX.X.X.X.exe or BOOTICEx64_XXXX.XX.XX_vX.X.X.X.exe (for 64-bit OS).
Similar/alternative apps: HDHacker
What's new? See Chinese changelog here.
Latest comments
zorro on 2019-01-25 04:27

The site appears to be down/gone?
Alternative download locations for the last version:
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/bootice.html
https://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Boot-Manager-Disk/Bootice.shtml

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DPC Latency Checker v1.3.0

Midas on 24 Jan 2014
  • 295KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on
  • Suggested by I am Baas

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:
Runs on: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.
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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 v4.7.1 Updated

billon on 22 Jan 2021
  • 80MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 22 Jan 2021
  • 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). The program can also create disk images. 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; and in preview-only mode: ZFS, XFS, Hikvision NAS and DVR.

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

Category:
Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Administrator rights
Stealth: ? No. HKLM\SOFTWARE\DiskInternals, HKCU\Software\DiskInternals
License: Liteware
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract the files with Universal Extractor to a temporary folder
  2. Launch LinuxReader.exe or LinuxReader64.exe (for 64-bit OS)
Similar/alternative apps: Explore2fs Portable Edition
Latest comments
webfork on 2017-03-01 19:13

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

pfw70 on 2019-04-22 23:50

Tip: aside of Universal Extractor the .exe (Linux_Reader-v3.4.exe) can also be extracted with 7Zip, a portable version being availabe on this site, 7-ZipPortable.exe.
Also note that Linux_Reader v3.4 does not have a sub folder $INSTDIR anymore: LinuxReader.exe/LinuxReader64.exe can be found the base folder.

SYSTEM on 2019-05-10 00:43

@pfw70: Thanks, I removed the $INTDIR step from extraction instructions.

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CrystalDiskMark v8.0.1 Updated

billon on 12 Jan 2021
  • 6MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 12 Jan 2021
  • 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:
Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Administrator rights
Unicode support: Yes
License: MIT License
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? See:
https://crystalmark.info/en/software/crystaldiskmark/crystaldiskmark-history/
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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.

webfork on 2019-10-07 21:39

A remarkable number of commercial disks are benchmarked using this tool. It's a must-have for comparing hardware performance.

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USB Disk Ejector v1.3.0.6

billon on 3 Dec 2017
  • 4MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 2 Dec 2017
  • Suggested by milentechie

USB Disk Ejector allows you to quickly and easily remove USB devices. It is useful when dealing with devices that refuse to eject, multiple devices, or if you don't want to see the "Now safe to remove this device" dialog. The program includes a variety of available advanced features including hotkeys, has available post-eject actions and more.

Functional from the command-line.

Category:
Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: GNU GPLv2
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch USB_Disk_Eject.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: ProEject
What's new?
  • Added /CFGDIR command line switch - this lets you specify a different location for the cfg file that stores all the settings. Normally this file is located in the same directory as the program, but some people wanted a way to change this.
Latest comments
GtAkReYz on 2008-09-19 09:43

aka Muttley, try to disconnect 5 USB devices using that method and then try to disconnect the same 5 USB devices with this program. Then you'll see the difference... It's just much easier, and requires less clicks in diferent places! ;)

JCATech on 2008-09-23 20:41

I'm using this program for over 8 months without any problem.
It works great, a run an autoit script that close Pstart and other custom programs from my USB drive and then executes the USB Disk Ejector.

shsa546 on 2011-11-18 08:04

Didn't work for me on win7 pro ent sp1!

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DriveImage XML v2.60

billon on 20 Jan 2017
  • 2MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 20 Jan 2017
  • Suggested by Andrew Lee

DriveImage XML allows you to backup any logical drive or partition to an image file, even if the drive or partition is currently in use. You can browse an image file, view/extract files from it, or restore the image to the same or different drive. It also has a function to help you clone one hard disk to another.

Category:
Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: None. (Don't check the logging option.)
Dependencies: Administrative rights
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Partial. The program itself doesn't support unicode, but it uses Windows Shadow Copy for backing-up.
License: Free for non-commercial use
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and install to the default folder.
  2. Copy all files (except Uninstall.exe, INSTALL.LOG and install.sss) to a folder of your choice.
  3. Uninstall the program.
  4. Launch dixml.exe.
Latest comments
Midwest Dave on 2011-01-22 19:11

I have my doubts regarding how "portable" this program is. I know it's popular...but portable...not so sure. I decided to try running it in a sandbox (Sandboxie). It wouldn't even install in the sandbox. Makes me think this program is trying to install a driver and sandboxie is stopping it. If so, then it's not portable in my sense of the word.

webfork on 2011-01-23 18:21

Dave: Many programs that have access to system areas and require admin rights are difficult to effectively virtualize by Sandboxie or other programs.

abc on 2012-01-13 01:28

I really wanted to try this but it kept crashing on Vista.. I guess I'm stuck with Clonezilla (not such a bad thing, actually)

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FAT32 Format 1.01

Midas on 16 Jun 2014
  • 72KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on
  • Suggested by Andrew Lee

FAT32 Format lets you get around the 32GB limit that Windows XP imposes when trying to format a FAT32 volume (though it can read FAT32 volumes larger than 32GB just fine). It is able to format a FAT32 volume up to the maximum limit of 2TB.

Category:
Runs on:Win2K / WinXP / Vista
Writes settings to: None
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download guiformat.exe to a folder of your choice and launch.
Latest comments
Midas on 2012-12-01 10:26

It should be noted that this refers to the GUI version of fat32format (i.e., guiformat.exe); the CLI tool fat32format is up to version 1.05 -- I mistook one for the other...

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imageUSB v1.5.1003

billon on 6 Oct 2020
  • 4MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 25 Sep 2020
  • Suggested by Userfriendly

imageUSB writes exact bit-level image files to multiple flash drives. The program preserves all unused and slack space during the cloning process, including the Master Boot Record (MBR) and can perform flawless mass duplications of all UFD images, including bootable UFDs.

The program can also "zero" a USB drive, which is an efficient wipes to erase data with less harm to overall drive life. In addition, imageUSB has the ability to reformat even hard to format drives and reclaim any disk space that may be lost previously.

Category:
Runs on:Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: None
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch imageUSB.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: UNetbootin
What's new?
  • Fixed bug where user is unable to select a read-only file for writing to UFD.

HDDScan v4.0

billon on 17 Jan 2018
  • 8MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 3 Dec 2017
  • Suggested by AlephX

HDDScan is a feature-rich disk diagnostics tool with a variety of low-level tools. It supports IDE/SATA/SCSI hard disk drives, RAID arrays, SSD drives, external USB/Firewire hard disks, flash cards and can scan the surface, view SMART attributes, adjust AAM, APM (Power Management), monitor temperature etc.

Note the program shouldn’t be run from a read-only device/media.

Category:
Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Avoid starting program from read-only device such as a CD or write-protected flash device.
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch HDDScan.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: PassMark DiskCheckup, CrystalDiskInfo
What's new?
  • New Look.
  • Windows 8-10 support.
  • Multiple bugfixes.
Latest comments
Ruby on 2010-12-10 06:56

@hugh_h You can try GMER http://www.gmer.net/ Scroll to the downloads there's also and mbr and userland rootkit detector.

nunz on 2013-06-16 22:30

Latest official link:
http://hddscan.com/download/HDDScan-3.3.zip

Non malicious web site according to virus total (checked with 38 site checkers)
Non malicious files according to virus total. Clam claims it could be a PUA but only because it performs low level analysis of a hard drive (which of course is its role in life).
My company, virusbusters, has used this program for over four years now with no issues. It has passed every antivirus scan of our systems and we run hundreds of them
The file is a zip file and opens in 7-zip and using windows XP compressed file explorer.

webfork on 2016-01-12 22:43

This program worked beautifully in testing an old external hard drive that was behaving strangely. Instead of relegating it to a secondary backup drive, it now looks to have plenty of life left.

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