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Metapad review: Replace WordPad with this tiny, full-featured notepad

Designed to completely replace the Microsoft's WordPad, Metapad has the small size and big feature list to make the change appealing.

Notepad2 review: Syntax highlighting make this utility a good notepad replacement for coders

Notepad2 echoes WordPad's familiar interface while adding useful features such as line numbering, syntax highlighting, and improved search-and-replace.

NotePad++ offers portable notepad features for programmers

Text editor Notepad++ is portable and (as you might guess from the name) very programmer-friendly. It's open-source and donationware, too.

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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.