Brian

Storage Software Guide

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I hope to compile a guide that includes storage software programs, perhaps broken up by task or free vs paid. I'll update this main post with software as it's added. A few thoughts to get started with:

Disk Wiping

DBAN - creates a boot disk that securely wipes all data on all disks in the system. Configuration options allow the user to specify the details of the wipe.

Eraser - rewrites the disk several times to cover up deleted data - the highlight here is that it works within Windows.

Disk Security

TrueCrypt - free opensource software that lets users encrypt their data in most operating systems.

Searching

Everything - Locate files and folders by name instantly (Windows/NTFS). [discjet]

Diagnostics

HDAT2 - Free, all-in-one, standalone drive testing and configuration software. DOS based menu driven GUI. Does just about everything - SMART, SCT, drive testing, bad sector repair, setting features/AAM/APM/TLER/HPA/DCO/UDMA mode, dumping smart logs and just about everything else you can think of. Works with any manufacturer and most controllers. [qasdfdsaq]

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HDAT2

http://www.hdat2.com/

Free, all-in-one, standalone drive testing and configuration software. DOS based menu driven GUI. Does just about everything - SMART, SCT, drive testing, bad sector repair, setting features/AAM/APM/TLER/HPA/DCO/UDMA mode, dumping smart logs and just about everything else you can think of. Works with any manufacturer and most controllers.

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if you are on Vista on Win7 Windows Search is really all you need to search for files as a "normal user".

(Built into the OS)

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if you are on Vista on Win7 Windows Search is really all you need to search for files as a "normal user".

(Built into the OS)

Again your flawed half-assed logic. This is not an average goon forum and Windows Search does nothing we need.

Windows Search does not index all files. It indexes only files it has filters for. It misses a whole lotta files and those of us who need to work with files stay clear of it. When we search, we want everything to be searched... not what MS thinks what we might want to search.

We also do not want to wait when MS will index the files. We want it to search everything at that particular moment.

It also is an overkill on the system to have something constantly accessing your hard drive.

A good one is Effective File Search or File Locator Pro by Mysticsoft:

http://www.mythicsoft.com/Page.aspx?type=filelocatorpro&page=home

You can remove regkey.xml file every month to extend your trial one more month. An auto task scheduler job and you are good to go.

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