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Most modern computers store the data and programs they are not immediately using on disks: magnetic disks, called hard disks or hard drives for those that are usually built in, or floppy disks, also known as diskettes, or just floppies, for those that are regularly inserted and removed; and optical disks, often called CDs (Compact Disks): CD-ROMs (Read Only Media), CD-Rs (Recordable), and CD-RWs (Read-Write). The device that accesses a disk for a computer is called a disk drive; a hard disk is usually built in to its hard drive, so those terms are often used interchangeably. This category contains programs for working with these disks: testing, checking, scanning, repairing errors, formatting, defragmenting, using different data storage formats, such as for different operating systems, and similar utilities.
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Acronis - Disk and partition management utilities. Company news and product details. O&O Software - Offering a variety of disk management solutions for Windows including tools for defragmenting and data recovery. Blancco Ltd. - Provides data destruction and computer reuse management. Permanently erase data to prevent data recovery from unwanted sources. Offers demos and downloads. SpeedUpMyPC - Free up memory and other resources. Optimize Internet connection, reassign CPU resources to improve performance, prevent crashes and reduce startup times considerably. Recover from crashes and terminate misbehaving applications instantly. Runtime Software - Data recovery software for all Windows file systems. Recover deleted files, corrupted hard drives, and partitions. HDD Health - SMART disk status check and failure-prediction utility that supports pop-up and event log notification mechanisms [Windows 9X, NT, Me, 2000 and XP] Raxco Software, USA - Optimization, and performance software for Windows and OpenVMS networks. Products include Perfectdisk 2000 disk defragmentation, RepairDisk Manager for disaster protection, Personal WorkSaver a Corporate disk management and recovery, and version control. Multi Data Rescue - Recover lost and deleted files from CD/DVD discs and Digital Media. Fdutils - C source code for Linux floppy tuning utilities. For configuring and debugging the floppy driver, formatting extra capacity disks, and for sending raw commands to the floppy controller. Drive Health - The hard disk analyzing and monitoring tool based on the S.M.A.R.T. technology. Will predict HDD failure and prevent losing critical data. Supports both IDE/ATA and SCSI interfaces. NTFS Reader for DOS - Free tool that provides read access to NTFS partitions within the MS DOS environment. Smartmontools Home Page - GPL Linux/Windows/Solaris/FreeBSD/NetBSD package contains two utility programs (smartctl and smartd) to control and monitor storage systems using the self-monitoring, analysis and reporting Technology System (S.M.A.R.T.) built into most modern ATA and SCSI hard disks. RAMBooster.Net - A RAM memory optimizer and cleaner for defragmenting physical memory. Displays real-time graphs of available physical and virtual RAM. [Windows 95/98/NT/2000/Me/XP] SpaceGuard SRM - A directory based quota management tool featuring quota enforcement, notification through popup and SMTP/MAPI mail, and Active Directory integration. DiskView - A disk management software that graphically shows disk space usage, file fragmentation and hard disk health based on S.M.A.R.T. technology - within Windows Explorer. Advanced CD Catalog - Creates searchable catalog of removable media, prints labels. Freeware. R-tools Technology Inc. - Disk management software including utilities for data recovery, drive imaging, disk wiping and access control. Paragon Software Group - Partition management, secure deletion, disk backup and imaging tools. Kernel Recovery Tools - Kernel Recovery Tools are designed to recover data from the Windows (FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, NTFS5), Linux (Ext2, Ext3, JFS, ReiserFS), UNIX (UFS, EAFS, HTFS, VxFS, FFS), Novell Netware (NWFS, Net386, NSS) and Apple Macintosh file systems/ Nucleus Data Recovery - Recover data from crashed computer disks, laptop disks, pen drives, mermory cards, usd drives. Supports Windows, Linux, Mac and Novell partitions. Smart CD Catalog - Software for organizing and managing CDs, DVDs, and other media collections. USB Safely Remove - Utility that extends Safely Remove Hardware icon functionality Portlock - Provides software solutions to manage Novell NetWare disks, partitions and volumes, which includes defragmentation, volume resizing and volume segment management. Diskeeper Corporation - Provides a variety of programs including disk defrag, hard disk optimization, data protection and file recovery software.
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