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DiskBoss 5.8.16 Free (64-bit)

Analyze, search, back up, clean up, and generally get more from your hard drive with this suite of tools

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Operating Systems: Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (64 bit)
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 02 July 2015
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Developer: Flexense Computing Systems Ltd.
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DiskBoss Free (64-bit)
Analyze, search, back up, clean up, and generally get more from your hard drive with this suite of tools

DiskBoss is an interesting tool that comes packed with useful hard drive-related features. Although as this is the free version, it does also have a significant restriction (more on that in a moment).

If your hard drive is running short of space, for instance, then the Analyze tool will show you which folders are grabbing the most drive real estate. The program's Classify tool gives you an alternative view on how your drive space is being used, revealing which file types are using the most drive space. And a rather basic Cleanup tool will then delete your temporary files, IE cache and so on in just a click or two.

An easy-to-use Sync tool will quickly synchronise the folders you specify. The default settings worked well for us, but it has all kinds of configuration options available, if you need them. You can choose how many threads will be used to process the files, for instance, allowing you to create a balance between sync speed and the performance impact this has on the rest of your system.

There's also a simple Search tool, a duplicate file finder, and tools to create hash signatures, file system signatures, and a host of other handy features. A small example: when you're browsing your drive in the Explorer-like file viewer, if you select some files, then right-click one of them, you'll find options to copy their names or details (that is, name, size and creation date) to the clipboard. It's a tiny thing, but a useful timesaver, and something that Windows Explorer still can't manage on its own.

The restriction? DiskBoss won't process more than 250,000 files for any one task, which is likely to be a problem if you're running a PC of any size. And there are several other features that are only available in the paid versions. Still, there's enough power here that you may still find the program useful, and of course it also works well as a demo for the commercial builds (of which there are several). You can upgrade from only $25, and the full details are on the DiskBoss site.

DiskBoss 5 now includes built-in disk performance benchmarking capabilities allowing one to test sequential write, sequential read, random write and random read performance of mechanical hard drives, SSD disks, USB disks and NAS storage devices. In addition, the new product version improves the main DiskBoss GUI application, improves user-defined file management commands, improves the DiskBoss command line utility and fixes a number of bugs.

DiskBoss 5.8 changes include:

- Adds a number of different file copy modes for file synchronization operations
- Adds a large number of performance optimization options for file sync operations
- Adds the ability to execute custom pre-sync and post-sync commands
- Adds the ability to control the file synchronization verification mode
- Adds the ability to synchronize a number of source directories
- Improves the performance of file synchronization operations
- Fixes a number of bugs

Verdict:

The restrictions on this free version can be annoying, but there are still some powerful tools here. Worth a look, if only to see if the unrestricted commercial editions might be right for you.

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