Don't-Miss Utility software Stories
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, 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.
UndeletePlus is easy to use, and it retrieved and restored one of my two missing test files perfectly.
Free program Disk Investigator tells you what's on your hard disk. It takes its time, but it's worth the wait.
FreeUndelete sounds like a great tool, but its results are hard to understand. There are better free options.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Easier sharing. Simpler sending. Secure encryption. Make Dropbox even better with any of these handy utilities.
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.
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.