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MiniTool's data recovery program lets you recover up to 1GB worth of data for free. After that, you'll need a $70 personal license—and the program is missing a trick or two offered by the competition.
The desktop sticky note world is full of freeware, but Notezilla proves you can have enough in the way of useful extras to make it worth opening your wallet
A long-time contender for the best backup-software crown, True Image nearly gets its interface act together.
Though the free utilities work to a degree, the primary purpose of this suite is to up-sell you and advertise the company's telephone support.
Free and capable, Partition Wizard is also one of the easiest to use partitioning toolkits.
A backup tool that knows safeguarding your files is serious business, Bvckup 2's lean, mean aesthetic and impressive performance make for a trustworthy tool.
Iobit's Advanced System Care is packed with useful utilities, as well as an anti-malware component to replace Security Essentials on XP, but it's also visually intrusive.
This software solution can eliminate the cable clutter associated with hardware KVM switches and is less costly.
Partitioning software doesn't get any better, but this program's best trick is creating Windows to Go (portable Windows) installations from any version of Windows 8.
Basically a file copy program with some smarts, PCTransfer grabs the important stuff from your old installation and transfers it to your new one.