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Track your hard drive usage with WinDirStat

See that pretty picture? That's a representation of every single file sitting on a 100GB hard drive. The shiny purple spot on the bottom is the page file, and to its right are thousands of little yellow spots showing 5 years worth of photos. WinDirStat lets you create art from your hard drive. But that's really a side effect of its primary purpose, which is to provide you with information about...

Steekr online storage space

Online storage spaces are great for backing up music photos, and videos just in-case something horrible happened to your hard drive. We might not recommended storing highly secure stuff online, but online storage space can be a good backup alternative for most items. There are a lot of offerings online that give secured online storage seekers a place to turn to, like Box.net, Xdrive, Divshare,...

The great reinstall: Worth it or not?

I've got a bit of a stumper on my hands. Tomorrow, UPS willing, a brand new hard drive (and a couple other choice upgrades) will be arriving on my doorstep. The new drive is a 250GB SATA number--not a monster, but much bigger and much faster than the ancient 80-gigger I've relied on the for far too long, so the new drive is taking the throne as my system drive ASAP. Here's the stumper: Should I be...

Google's Platypus storage client leaked

Always innovating, and recently told to focus on products that are already in development, the Googleplex has recently leaked a copy of the so-called Platypus client for Gdrive, its service for viewing and storing files on the web. Philipp Lenssen scored a copy, and reports that the product looks like it's intended for Google employees to share and store files. This tool encourages Google...

SpeedFan

There have been several times in my computing career when a power supply or other component has died on me. When something is going wrong in your PC, it is good to know what is going on inside the box. You can get out your candy thermometer (or your significant other's I suppose) to test for PC component temperature or a great program to help test your systems heat and other PC vital functions is...

Turn a storage device into your personal PC

MojoPac has the ability to transform your personal storage device into a powerful private PC. Your iPod, phone, USB hard drive, and your USB flash drive can all now be the only item you need to carry around to get the job done. With MojoPac installed on your device, and applications and files loaded, you can automatically launch your environment onto any host PC running Windows XP. Music, games,...

DriveGLEAM - monitor HDD activity

Sometimes you want to know exactly what is going on with your hard drive. If that's the case, you'll want to try DriveGLEAM. It can monitor physical drives as well as partitions for activity, and report how much free space is left. All of this is done via system tray icons. DriveGLEAM is primarily a hard drive monitoring utility, but also has a few other tricks up its sleeve, like monitoring...

Mac backup software round-up

A blog called Plasticsfuture has tests 17 different programs for making backups on a Mac and written up the results in an article called Mac Backup Software Harmful. Why harmful? It turns out that most Mac backup software will save your files but nuke some of the associated metadata. Of the 17 apps, only one gets a "Highly recommended" rating, and four get "Avoid at all cost."...