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DiskBoss 9.8.16 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 10, Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (64 bit)
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Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 03 October 2018
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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 6 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 9.8.16 adds (see complete changelog):

Adds the ability to search files in multiple disk space analysis reports
Adds the ability to search files in multiple file classification reports
Improves the file search operations
Improves the file search dialog
Improves the reports dialog
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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Windows 10 October 2018 Update (build 1809)

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This is the latest version of Windows October 2018 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a Windows 8 twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

Fall Creators Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO here will give you build 1809 which is the October 2018 Update.

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