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Auslogics Disk Defrag Pro review

Auslogics Disk Defrag Pro aspires to replace the basic Windows defragmenter, offering useful features like Disk Zone and Free Zone optimizations. It has a very informative interface with all the options you need and includes statistics, reports, and scheduling, but it isn't the fastest of utilities.

Pros

Very customizable: Auslogics Disk Defrag Pro does not only standard defrag operations, but also lets you choose from different types of advanced defragmentation, use task scheduling, and check before and after results. It can handle SSD drives, as well.

Disk Zone and Free Zone optimization modes: Of all the available defrag modes, … Read more

SanDisk Air Cruzer review

SanDisk Air Cruzer makes it easy to manage your wireless Flash drive from any smartphone or tablet. Moving saved files to and from any supported gadget works just like it would on a computer. It's an excellent download if you already have one of SanDisk's gadgets and is pleasant enough to use that it may be worth buying one if you don't.

This program lets you access any SanDisk Connect wireless Flash drive from your Android smartphone or tablet. As long as the two gadgets are on the same network, you can move files to and from … Read more

DAYU Disk Master Free review

DAYU Disk Master Free lets you create encrypted virtual disks to protect the sensitive information on your desktop, and control access. With this program, you won't need to worry about someone else finding particular items, and you can disguise your virtual disks in various ways to ensure complete protection.

The intuitive interface of this app makes it possible for users of all skill and experience levels to take full advantage of the program. In addition, there is a thorough Help file that explains how to use all aspects of the app. The three tabs across the top of the … Read more

Disk Drill for Mac review

Disk Drill for Mac is a powerful tool that lets you scan your computer or other connected device for lost files and, with the paid version, recover them. While not all files are recoverable, Disk Drill uses a variety of techniques to find or reconstruct files that were lost or accidentally deleted, and is successful in many cases.

Pros

Connect and scan: This program works on files that were stored on your computer, but it can also recover items stored on any other device that you can connect to your Mac. This makes the app a lot more useful, and … Read more

Disk BoostUp for Mac review

Disk BoostUp for Mac only partially lives up to its claim of addressing sluggish performance, restoring responsiveness, and maintaining fast startup times. It's a useful but not indispensable app.

Pros

Eases the process of correcting permission conflicts: Disk BoostUp for Mac can fix permission problems in no time, requiring only a few clicks, and easing a process that otherwise requires several steps.

Light and easy to use: The installer weighs only 1.46MB. The application launches very quickly. All you need to do to put this app to work is click on the "Scan and Fix" button.… Read more

Soft4Boost Disk Cleaner review

Soft4Boost Disk Cleaner scans your computer for problem files, produces a report detailing the findings, and repairs the problems for you. This app will keep your computer running smoothly and quickly by removing the types of files that cause clutter and slow it down.

During installation of this app, you can select your preferred language from a list that includes English, French, Dutch, Danish, Spanish, Italian, and more. Once the program is in place, you can further customize it by choosing the skin that suits your style from the View menu. Options include iPhone, Android, GMP, iTunes, and Metal, among … Read more

SanDisk, Toshiba sue SK Hynix in trade secrets cases

Toshiba and SanDisk are seeking damages from SK Hynix in separately filed lawsuits, both of which allege that the company profited from the theft of data surrounding NAND flash memory technology.

Toshiba and SanDisk have partnered for years to produce the flash memory chip technology used in mobile devices including smartphones and tablets. Toshiba is currently the second-largest manufacturer of NAND memory chips in the world by revenue and market share.

On Thursday, Tokyo police arrested a former SanDisk engineer under suspicion of providing NAND flash memory technical data to Hynix in 2008. The engineer once worked at a joint … Read more

Partition like a pro with our Aomei giveaway

Anyone with the right set of tools can partition a hard drive. Aomei Technology aims to make the process even easier by bringing you these tools absolutely free with its Partition Assistant Pro giveaway. From March 12, 2014, to March 19, 2014, you can get the popular professional disk-management utility at no cost, exclusively on Download.com.

Why partition your hard drive?

Partitioning tells your computer to treat different portions of your hard disk as separate drives. This makes creating backups faster and easier, as most data backup tools target entire disks. Keep essential files (like the OS) on one … Read more

Tight on memory? SanDisk microSD cards hit 128GB

BARCELONA, Spain -- Those whose mobile phones or tablets are maxed out with photos, apps, and videos will be delighted to hear that flash memory card maker SanDisk announced a new microSD card with 128GB capacity.

The company announced the new card, along with more modestly sized alternatives down to 8GB, at the Mobile World Congress here, where it's showing the products.

Prices range from $30 to $200, and the cards will be available online only at BestBuy.com and Amazon.com.

The cards use the higher-speed UHS-1 interface, SanDisk said, for faster read and write speeds. The top-end … Read more

Select a startup disk in OS X

If you need to boot to a secondary hard drive on your Mac, you can do so using several different means. For most PC systems, you will need to press F12, or another F-key, or perhaps the Escape or Delete keys when booting your system in order to select an alternative boot drive. To do this on a Apple computers, you use the Option key; however, there may be some constraints.

Generally you can start up or reboot your Mac, and simply hold the Option key once the screen goes black so that when it reboots it will show you … Read more