There is a large number of good free products on the software market, which in terms of functionality are in no way inferior to commercial solutions, but are often undeservedly ignored by the user audience. This state of affairs is largely due to the abundance of junk on the Internet, stuffed with adware modules and actively promoted in search engines by interested parties under the guise of free software. It is not surprising that smart and well-made applications simply get lost in the network environment and do not find their user. Our today’s post is intended to change this situation.
The programs listed below solve various problems and can be useful to all users of a Windows computer. They are guaranteed to be free of viruses and advertising bookmarks, they do not impose third-party software, and do not secretly change the operating system settings. The open-source code of some products also deserves mention, and many applications have portable versions that do not require installation, do not clutter up the system, and can be run from USB drives on any computer at hand.
A program for recovering data from technically sound media, be it SD memory cards, CompactFlash and Memory Stick, USB and SSD drives, external and internal hard drives, cameras, camcorders, players and many other devices. Allows you to reconstruct damaged file systems, recover deleted files and data after formatting disks. R.saver supports exFAT, FAT / FAT32, NTFS, HFS, HFS +, APFS, Ext2, Ext3, Ext4, ReiserFS, JFS, XFS, Btrfs, UFS / UFS2, Adaptec UFS, Open ZFS, Sun ZFS, NWFS, NSS … It is also possible to automatically assemble RAID arrays, provided that all the devices that make up the array are connected and the metadata is correct. For novice users, the application interface is provided with step-by-step instructions for data recovery. Of course, you shouldn’t rely on the omnipotence of R.saver, but in some cases the program can really do a good job.
An utility for diagnosing the operation of hard drives and solid-state drives that support S.M.A.R.T. It allows you to monitor the “health” and temperature of the HDD / SSD, analyze the activity of using the disk, calculate its remaining life and identify various problems in the operation of the device. The information obtained with the help of the program can be used not only to obtain information about the premature wear of the drives connected to the computer, but also to make an informed decision about the need to create a backup copy of the data. There is no need to talk about the relevance of CrystalDiskInfo, especially in light of the widespread use of SSDs – due to the limited resource of flash memory, which sooner or later loses its ability to store information.
An application that is an excellent alternative to the popular μTorrent and other torrent clients in demand on the global network. A feature of Tixati is a simple interface, behind the guise of which is a multifunctional tool for exchanging files using the BitTorrent protocol. The program supports magnet links, allows you to prioritize file downloads and control the data transfer rate, can work according to a user-defined schedule and automatically start torrent downloads from RSS subscriptions. In addition, the application supports data encryption and Peer Exchange / DHT BitTorrent protocol extensions that allow you to download trackerless torrents. Also, Tixati has its own secure messaging system. The product is actively developed and supported by the developer.
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