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    What are your "must have" utilities / hardware in your PC Toolkit? These are all Windows as I don't use a Mac.

    All software except for Easeus Data Recovery Wizard is free. There may be better alternatives for my choices and looking forward to hearing about them!

    For hard drives:


    Recuva (for data recovery)
    CrystalDiskInfo (to check drive health)
    Easeus Partition Master (for disk partitioning, formatting)**
    Glary Utilities (for disk defragmenting)
    Linux Boot Disk (to check hard drives that aren't accessible with Windows)
    Ultimate Boot CD (DOS commandline utilties)

    **The paid version is required for 10TB+ drives.


    SATA to USB cable
    USB enclosure / Drive dock

    File Management

    Teracopy (for file copying)
    ViceVersa (to compare drives / folders)
    Q-Dir (Windows Explorer replacement)
    Unlocker (to unlock files/folders that can't be moved/deleted.*)
    *Be very careful with this as it's possible to delete critical system files!)

    Non-critical but handy software

    Lupas Rename (for mass file renaming/renumbering)
    Advanced Renamer (not as easy to use as Lupas Rename, but works with Unicode text)
    SetFileTime (to bulk reset files time/date)
    NewFileTime (not as easy to use as SetFileTime, but works with Unicode text)
    Inforapid Seach & Replace (to search and replace text within multiple files at once)
    VVV Virtual Volume Viewer (to catalog and view hard drive and optical disk directories/folders offline)

    Easeus Data Recovery (May allow recovery of formatted HDDs. I started recovery on a disk, but given the time required, I just restored from a backup.)
    Last edited by lingyi; 6th Sep 2018 at 13:30. Reason: Additional info
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    I don't know alternatives well but have very good experience with

    mini-tool partition wizard Free edition
    Bulk rename utility (it is not easiest program for renaming, changing atributes etc. but can almost anything) So for what you mentioned more software is all in this one.

    There is tons of useful software but it needs more categories
    for example MSI afterburner, honeyview, Bandizip and much much more.
    Also forgot to mention Keepass, for me invaluable piece of software.
    Last edited by Bernix; 6th Sep 2018 at 13:33. Reason: renamer to rename mistyped added keepass
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  3. Here are some amazing Windows utilities.

    Acronis*True*Image*Home 11.0
    Best backup software. Does both file and image backup

    Indexes offline and network drives. I can see what is on my 30+ disks, even when they are sitting in a closet.

    Bulk Rename Utility
    The ultimate file renaming tool. It even supports regular expressions which, if you can figure out the syntax, can do pretty much anything.

    Ace Utilities
    It has some of the same things as the more popular CC Cleaner, but also finds duplicates and provides several other useful disk cleaning functions

    FileBoss 3
    Great file management utility, although there are dozens of good solutions in this category.

    Already mentioned, but I give it another vote.
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