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5 free compression tools zip your files just dandy

You can't go wrong with paid compression programs WinZip or WinRAR...but if you'd rather hang on to your $30, check out these free alternatives. Each of them can get basic file zipping and unzipping done without making you unzip your wallet.

Nero 2014 Platinum review: Burning and media creation suite gets easier to use

Nero 2014 Platinum, the venerable optical disc and media creation suite offers an improved interface in some modules, as well as support for 4K video and Blu-ray movie playback.

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UndeletePlus Review: Recovery program works well on simple tasks, but try before you buy

UndeletePlus is easy to use, and it retrieved and restored one of my two missing test files perfectly.

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Disk Investigator review: Find deleted files and more with this free utility

Free program Disk Investigator tells you what's on your hard disk. It takes its time, but it's worth the wait.

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FreeUndelete review: Confusing utility not worth the time investment

FreeUndelete sounds like a great tool, but its results are hard to understand. There are better free options.

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Ashampoo MP3 Cover Finder review: Organize your playlists—for a price

Ashampoo's MP3 Cover Finder is a tool to provide metadata and visual covers to mp3 files that are missing them or are incorrect. It uses intelligent fingerprint technology and searches the Internet to identify the tracks.

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Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate 6.5 review: Robust, fast, and feature-rich

If a free video converter won't cut it for you, Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate's speed and disc burning may be what you seek.

Fragging wonderful: The truth about defragging your SSD

We know defragging a hard drive can improve performance, and we've heard the opposite about solid-state drives. We analyze the tech reasoning and put four defraggers through their paces on both kinds of drives. The results may surprise you.

GoodSync 9.5 review: Get your computers on the same page

GoodSync offers an easy way to synchronize information across multiple computers with its peer-to-peer file syncing solution. It also includes links to some cloud storage solutions, which will please users who rely on those, too.

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Review: IDriveSync secures cloud storage

IDriveSync is an easy-to-use cloud storage and syncing solution that offers added security missing from some of its rivals. It offers both AES 256-bit and private key encryption, which will appeal to anyone who's weary of weak cloud-based security.

Five free Dropbox tools you're not using (but should be)

Easier sharing. Simpler sending. Secure encryption. Make Dropbox even better with any of these handy utilities.

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Acronis True Image 2014 review: Still powerful and feature-rich, now easier to use

Acronis True Image, one of the first drive partitioning and backup programs for PCs, remains one of the best. In the 2014 version, it also just got a lot friendlier.

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Review: ZipItFree compresses files tightly, doesn't make you tighten your belt

ZipItFree's file compression is very efficient, and its unobtrusive interface is good to work with. This free utility is well worth a spot on your PC.