Sleek system maintenance

Monitor and maintain your hard drive with this well-designed program.

Ashampoo HDD Control is a multifeatured set of utilities that helps users maintain their hard drives and ensure optimal performance.

The program's interface is sleek and intuitive, with its features organized in tabs. With both monitoring features and maintenance utilities, Ashampoo HDD Control gives users ways to both keep an eye on and improve system performance. Although some of the information that the program provides is geared toward more advanced users, anyone can understand its basics, and the built-in Help file does a good job of explaining all of the features. The program's monitor tab gives users information about the health of their systems, including the hard drive's temperature and status, while the benchmark tab details system performance. The defragmentation utility allows users not only to defrag their hard drives, but to run proactive defragmentation, which keeps the process going continuously. An Internet cleaner gets rid of traces of Internet activity, while the drive cleaner finds and deletes duplicate files in a hurry. We found the program both easy to use and very effective; although some of what it does, such as defragmentation, can be accomplished from within Windows, we liked having all of these maintenance and monitoring features in one well-designed place.

Ashampoo HDD Control has a 40-day trial period. It installs politely, but leaves a folder behind upon removal. We recommend this program to all users.

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