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Windows 7: FREE Great Programs for Windows 7 [2]

02 Aug 2012   #121

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

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I find the MD does the initial defrag real quick and knocks at least half the time off the Windows defrag.

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The thing to keep in mind with MyDefrag is there are many scripts included. It's a nice program but I never use more than the "daily" (if they still call it that) script since the more thorough ones take too much time for my taste. Also if you have the Windows Defrag in Task Scheduler, it's not smart enough to detect MyDefrag is running. First thing that happened to me when I got my Vista machine was I did MyDefrag after cleaning off the crapware, and Windows Defrag started up in the middle of the MyDefrag run!! No easy way to detect disk idle in Windows, after all these versions!!

My peference is Puran defrag free. It has options to optimize directories, boot files, set gaps etc... If only the Optimized Directories is selected it only takes a couple minutes longer than the basic no option defrag. Quick enough you can run it every day(if you keep about 70% free space on the partition that is.)


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07 Aug 2012   #122

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

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07 Aug 2012   #123
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

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12 Aug 2012   #124

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Freeware to backup and replicate USB Flash Drives (UFDs)

While there are plenty of tools out there for creating disk images of HDDs/HDD partitions, there are only a few that work specifically with USB drives.

Passmark Software’s ImageUSB http://www.osforensics.com/tools/write-usb-images.html is an excellent application that can create a one to one bit-level copy of USB Flash Drives (UFD) – including bootable UFDs - into a .bin image. One can replicate it to any UFD anytime or write it to multiple flash drives concurrently.

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A hands-on trial here .

Note: It can handle only .bin images created by it.


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12 Aug 2012   #125
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you Jumanji. ImageUSB added to the list.
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12 Aug 2012   #126

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Thank you jumanji. I just tried it out. Works well.
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12 Aug 2012   #127
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Another USB file and image utility that has been around a long time that I use is

USB Image Tool can create images of USB flash drives and MP3 players, that are mounted as USB drives. It allows you switch between images with different music styles on your MP3 Player or to make an exact backup image of your USB Stick.
Features
  • create image files of USB flash drives
  • restore images of USB flash drives
  • compressed image file format
  • show USB device information
  • manage favorite USB images
  • command line utility
USB Image Tool works with any device, that implements the USB Mass Storage protocol. This includes flash drives, card readers and a lot of other devices, like digicams, cell phones and mobile music players.
USB Image Tool supports the globull secure mobile work environment.
alex's coding playground » USB Image Tool
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12 Aug 2012   #128
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you Michael. USB Image Tool added to list.
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12 Aug 2012   #129

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Yep, mjf, it is a good tool for general purpose imaging that has been around for a long time. But I had seen user comments that it cannot clone a bootable pendrive and my trial with it confirmed it. When I imaged my bootable Lucid Puppy pendrive and wrote it back with it, the resulting pendrive did not boot.

Both USB Image Tool and ImageUSB serve different purposes and this has to be borne in mind by the intending users.
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12 Aug 2012   #130
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

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Yep, mjf, it is a good tool for general purpose imaging that has been around for a long time. But I had seen user comments that it cannot clone a bootable pendrive and my trial with it confirmed it. When I imaged my bootable Lucid Puppy pendrive and wrote it back with it, the resulting pendrive did not boot.

Both USB Image Tool and ImageUSB serve different purposes and this has to be borne in mind by the intending users.
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No it definitely can which is why I use it.
There are 2 modes.
1) Volume mode - when you run it as non administrator
This will make a copy of files but not a true image
2) Device mode - the default when run as administrator (right click etc.)
This will create a true bit image.

I use Device mode to image my multi-purpose bootable USBs. I have restored the bit images and the USBs boot fine.
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