Category: Utilities

"Ghost" a drive to a smaller drive, in Linux, free software tools
article #409, updated 1958 days ago

Apparently what one does, is:

  1. Create a partition image, using dd
  2. Use ntfsresize on the partition image, to shrink it down appropriately
  3. Use Clonezilla to copy that partition image to the new drive

Specifics appear to be here:

http://superuser.com/questions/297299/resize-a-partition-image-with-gparted

Will be trying it soon, will post results!

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Compact and Defrag the Registry
article #378, updated 2030 days ago

Try this:

http://www.eusing.com/free_registry_defrag/registry_defrag.htm

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Test Java
article #361, updated 2091 days ago

Here is a great place to test Sun Java:

http://www.java.com/en/download/installed.jsp

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A really good free-of-charge registry and system cleaner
article #339, updated 2098 days ago

jv16 PowerTools Lite 2011. In my opinion, much better than CCLEANER and many others. Possibly not the fastest, but works the best, IMHO.

http://www.macecraft.com/powertoolslite2011/

There is also a Pro version with system accelerator features, does even more.

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Identify, disable, and re-enable startup items and toolbars
article #345, updated 2148 days ago

So far as I have been able to ascertain, nothing does this very helpful task better than Toolbar Cop. It’s a little program, published in 2005 (!), but it does the job faster and more effectively than anything else I’ve tried, on every version of Windows since 2000. It does its job using .REG files for each item, so you can easily re-enable by a quick merge.

Its home is here:
http://windowsxp.mvps.org/toolbarcop.htm

One of several good download locations:
http://majorgeeks.com/Toolbarcop_d4126.html

Categories:   Utilities   Windows OS-Level Issues

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A very good utility for secure hard drive erasure
article #338, updated 2162 days ago

Try this:

http://www.dban.org/

Another from the excellent Mike Martinez.

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Really good hard drive / partition management tools
article #337, updated 2162 days ago

Some really good tools for this purpose, free for home use and very affordable for business use, are here:

http://www.partition-tool.com

This tip from the excellent Mike Martinez.

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Widnows 7 liveCD project
article #288, updated 2274 days ago

Looks like a good one here:

http://reboot.pro/12427/

Categories:   LiveCDs+USB   Utilities

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Video screen capture for Windows
article #283, updated 2281 days ago

Try this:

http://www.snapfiles.com/get/bbflashexpress.html

Categories:   Utilities   Video