Hard Disk Labs


Hard Disk Security

1. Create a folder and a file in it. Delete the file the usual way, with the F10 or Delete key.
2. Use Recuva from piriform.com to recover the deleted file.
3. Create a new file in the same folder. Use Eraser from sourceforge.net to delete it. Try to recover with Recuva.
For added securtiy, fill up the empty disk space with Eraser. Run Recuva. Conclusion?
No files should be recoverable.

What's filling my hard disk?
Use WinDirStat 1.1.2 - visual disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool.

Finding duplicate files on disk.
Auslogic also a defragger.

from piriform.com defragmenter. Shows HD health
IObit SmartDefrag With "Install it and forget it" feature,SmartDefrag works automatically and quietly in the background on your PC, keeping your hard disk running at its speediest.
Puran Defragmenter


CD DVD Burners

will make an exact copy of your disk.


Hiren's Boot CD contains hundreds of useful tools, including disk repair tools. The list is here.
LiveCD List here
LifeHacker.com Best LiveCD tools
Seagate disk repair:. SeaTools.
WDC Tools for Western Digital disks.
The Boot Repair Disk when your previous installations won't start the computer.
Replacing the old disk with new larger capacity disk? Use Free and Open Source Software for Disk Imaging and Cloning.