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Category: Backup & Recovery

18/07/2018
4,549
Freeware

Easily archive emails from multiple email clients and accounts

 
17/07/2018
18,909
Freeware

Keep your most important files safe online with Microsoft's Dropbox-like cloud storage application

 
17/07/2018
22,876
Freeware

Backup, synchronise & share important files

 
16/07/2018
5,564
Free, for personal-use only

Keep a collection of folders synchronised so make it easier to backup your important files.

 
13/07/2018
63,300
Freeware

Backup, synchronise & share important files

 
10/07/2018
852
Trial Software

Run basic backups with this simple free tool

 
10/07/2018
816
Free, for personal-use only

Create or restore a simple drive backup using this free tool

 
10/07/2018
743
Free, for personal-use only

Create or restore a simple drive backup using this free tool

 
06/07/2018
2,432
Freeware

Create the exact backup jobs you need with this configurable utility

 
04/07/2018
11,096
Freeware

Quickly create accurate, reliable backup images of your hard drive

 
03/07/2018
5,365
Trial Software

Cross-platform backup and sync tool gets a makeover

 
22/06/2018
3,322
Shareware

Recover lost data from CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray discs and more

 
21/06/2018
3,185
Freeware

Collect, store & share your notes and media across all your devices

 
20/06/2018
2,035
Trial Software

Acronis' latest adds active protection, anti-ransomware and a conversion to virtual machine tool

 
15/06/2018
9,633
Freeware

Keep files synchronised between drives, computers and servers

 
13/06/2018
5,633
Freeware

A simple and straightforward file backup tool

 
13/06/2018
4,817
Freeware

Enjoy online backup, syncing and sharing with 2GB free space from SpiderOak

 
11/06/2018
2,284
Function Limited Demo

Recover data from optical discs (and other media)

 
11/06/2018
4,418
Trial Software

Safeguard your precious data with this backup and synchronizing tool

 
06/06/2018
3,403
Trial Software

Protect your data with this effective backup tool

 
 

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Spotlight: Editor's Choice

O&O Defrag Free Edition 14.1.431 (64-bit)

Free, for personal-use only

Let us be frank: the Windows Defragmentation tool is best described as functional. Defragging your hard drive is an essential part of PC maintenance as otherwise files get scattered in multiple segments (or fragments) all over your drive, forcing the disk’s mechanical parts to work harder to piece them back together when they’re needed. Net result: files are slower to access, so computer slows down, but another side-effect is that the drive’s temperature increases and its moving parts wear out that much quicker.

XP’s Defrag tool doesn’t even run automatically, so it’s essential you find another solution. And even though Windows 7 and Vista do attempt to run on a weekly basis, the default timing isn’t great and the results are barely adequate. Your hard drive is the biggest bottleneck in your system, so it pays to make sure it’s defragged regularly to give it the best possible chance of performing at a half-decent level.

Third-party defrag tools have long trumped Windows’ own meagre efforts, and in recent years a number of powerful, versatile and feature-rich freebies have come on to the market, such as Puran Defrag Free and Auslogics Disk Defrag. That probably explains why O&O – one of the pioneers in disk defrag technology – has finally wised up to the fact it needs to provide a free version of its own defrag tool to appeal to the home market.

The net result is this: O&O Defrag Free Edition. It’s based on its Professional big brother, so you enjoy the top-notch performance gains and light system footprint that it brings. The downside is that it’s actually a cut-down version, so you’re only able to use one of two defrag methods (as opposed to eight in the full version), neither of which will keep your drive defragged in the background as you work. There’s no boot-time defragmentation either for system files, and while the program comes with three “zones” for placing files in for best performance on your drive, you can’t actually configure them as you can with the Pro Edition.

It sounds churlish to mention these limitations in the free version, but we do so because many of these options are available in other free tools, so should be noted here. However, if you’re looking for a “set-it-and-forget-it” solution and are happy for your drive to be defragged on a regular basis, then O&O Defrag Free definitely represents a step up from the basic tool provided by Windows itself.

This is the 64-bit version of O&O Defrag Free Edition: a separate build is available for 32-bit versions of Windows.

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    RRP: $179.98 Our Price: $49.99
  2. O&O DiskImage 11 Professional
    RRP: $49.95 Our Price: $22.95
  3. AVG TuneUp - Unlimited 2018 [2-YR]
    RRP: $79.99 Our Price: $24.99
  4. CyberLink PowerDirector 15 Ultra
    RRP: $99.99 Our Price: $89.99
  5. Acronis True Image 2016
    RRP: $49.99 Our Price: $19.95
  6. Genie Timeline Professional 2016
    RRP: $59.95 Our Price: $47.95
  7. iolo System Mechanic 17
    RRP: $49.95 Our Price: $24.95
  8. CCleaner 5 Professional
    RRP: $24.95 Our Price: $17.46
  9. Laplink PCmover Professional v10 [1-MIGRATION]
    RRP: $59.95 Our Price: $39.95
 

Spotlight: Editor's Choice

VirtualBox 5.2.16

Open Source

Oracle VM VirtualBox is an industrial-strength open source virtualisation tool that makes it easy to create virtual machines (VMs), simulated computers that run on your PC but act as though they were separate systems. It's a powerful capability that has many different applications.

If you'd like a closer look at Windows 8 before you upgrade, for instance, then you could install Microsoft's latest in a VM, then access it in a window on your XP or Vista desktop.

Or maybe you've upgraded to Windows 8 and find a favourite old app doesn't work any more? Create a Windows XP VM and you might be able to run it again.

VirtualBox can also be a useful security tool: if you download and test apps in a VM, then any malware you might encounter will be isolated from your main system.

And it's the perfect choice if you want to try out another operating system with the minimum of hassle. Right now you can install Google Chrome OS, all the mainstream Linux variants (2.4 and 2.6), OpenBSD, OS/2, ReactOS, SkyOS, DOS, and just about every version of Windows there's ever been. (Of course you'll need to have the system discs to hand.)

VirtualBox 4 included an interface redesign, making it easier to view and manage your virtual machines. VM displays can now be scaled, so you can reduce a window size by half (for instance) and still see everything that's going on. The ability to limit a VM's CPU and IO time means the program will be less of a drain on your system's resources, and there are a host of other performance optimisations and bug fixes available.

What's new in VirtualBox 5.2.16 (see changelog for more)?

This is a maintenance release. The following items were fixed and/or added:

OVF: case insensitive comparison of manifest attribute values, to improve compatibility (bug #17357)
Linux: build for openSUSE 15.0 (bug #17554)
Linux: various build fixes for distribution builds, thank you Gianfranco Costamagna

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User Comments

23 August 2017, Jack Edward Alexander
That also has a free version which is just perfect for simple once a day backups to an external disk...
22 August 2017, Ed Cornish
On extraction of the zip file I can see nothing that will run this program! Where is the .exe file?...
18 August 2017, JW vanLohuizen
I have used Process Lasso for many years and tried CPUBalance. Since then he separated them. ...

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