Free Stuff

Free Stuff

Hot, hot, hot. Disk management tools are all the rage these days.

There are many reasons to use these small administration programs. Perhaps you have a new computer and need to move files from your old system; or, you've surfed the Web a little too much and have a huge assortment of temporary files and Java applets that you never properly deleted.

Sometimes the best way to manage these tasks is to download some shareware or freeware to get your disks back in shape. Here are some of my favorites:

DiskState. This tool from Geekcorp Software of Norway monitors the free space on all of the hard drives visible from your computer.

The app, which runs under Microsoft Windows 9x and Windows NT, provides a dashboard-style readout and tools for deleting temporary or outdated files. A 30-day trial version is free. Then you pay $24.95 to keep it. Download it from geekcorp.com/diskstate.

TempClean. The best defense for protecting available disk space often is a good offense. Why not go after those space-hogging temporary files every time you boot your system? TempClean from Alvilim Software of Yugoslavia does just that. Registration for the shareware, which runs under Win9x and NT, is $19.95.'Find it at alvilim.virtualave.net/tempclean.html.

NameWiz. This freeware program from SoftByte Laboratories of Palm Coast, Fla., can change file names en masse.

It's particularly useful for webmasters who find they need to redo NT directories or for system managers who need to establish sequential names for file collections. Registration for the shareware is $19.95.Grab a copy, at www.softbytelabs.com/NameWiz.

PowerDesk Utilities. Do you remember PC Tools or SideKick? Do you long to have a little window that lets you view file contents when you click on a mystery file? PowerDesk Utilities from Ontrack Data International Inc. of Eden Prairie, Minn. provides these functions.

It's free, but you can upgrade to an enhanced version for $19.95.'Download this Win9X and Windows 2000 app, at www.ontrack.com/powerdesk.

WinRescue 98. Simply put, WinRescue can save your access. The Super Win Software product backs up and restores your system's Windows Registry, plus other Windows 98 configuration files. 9

It costs $19.95 to register for the shareware from the Hutchinson, Kan., company. Find it, at www.superwin.com.

'Shawn P. McCarthy

E-mail: smccarthy@lycos-inc.com



The author designs products for a Web search engine provider.

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