Windows 7 comes with some powerful partitioning and defragging tools when compared to the earlier Windows versions. But there are lots of free and powerful tools available for Windows 7 to improve your hard drive performance.
Here is a list of 10 best hard drive utilities which are really useful and free.
1. EASEUS Partition Master Home Edition
Arguably the best disk partition software out there. It’s a freeware which includes the partition manager, disk & partition copy wizard and partition recovery wizard on MBR and GUID partition table. It allows users to re-size or move partition, extend system drive, split partition, merge partitions, copy disk & partition, redistribute free disk space, partition recovery and much more.
The free version covers just about everything a normal user required. What’s missing compared to the $40 pay version is support for server and 64-bit operating systems, tech support, and the ability to create a boot CD.
EASEUS Partition Master Home Edition Download Link 1
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They are currently running a giveaway and you can get the Professional version for free by just sharing the Giveaway page in Facebook, Twitter, and any other social network sites. Go here to get the Professional Version.
UltraDefrag is a free, easy-to use-utility that defragments files and optimizes their placement on your hard drive. It comes with Windows graphic interface and a command line interface.
Using UltraDefrag is simple, when use it via the Windows interface. Simply select the drive you want to analyze, defragment, or optimize and press the right button. You can also schedule it to defrag or optimize during the Windows boot sequence. This utility comes in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.
Download Link – UltraDefrag
3. Disk Space Fan
Disk Space Fan helps you to free up disk space by easily searching and deleting big, unwanted files and folders. It will show the disk space usage with a simple chart. You can browse the folders easily just by clicking on them. Disk Space Fan is also incorporated with Windows Explorer so that you can open, delete and browse unwanted files or folders.
Download – Disk Space Fan
4. HD Tune
HD Tune is a free hard drive information utility. It can be used to measure the drive’s performance, scan for errors, retrieves the S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) and securely erase all data.
The HD Tune benchmark consists of simple read tests performed across the hard disk surface starting from the outside of the disk and moving to the inside. You’ll notice the drop in throughput (bad) and access times (good) as the head moves towards the inside of the disk. You can run the benchmark on an SSD but you might as well stop a quarter of the way through–an SSD can access any part of its memory in the same amount of time.
Download – HD Tune
If you have deleted a file accidentally or something malicious like a worm or virus has done it for you, Recuva will bring it. It’s a great small undelete program, possibly the best on the market. Recuva is the only free recovery software I’ve found in this category.
Recuva has a nice-looking, simple interface as well as a wizard that will walk you through the recovery/undelete process. There are options for what type of files to search for as well as whether to enable the deep scan (sector scan) that will find files on damaged or reformatted disks.
If you just want a good un-delete program with a small disk footprint at free cost, then Recuva is what you’re looking for.
Download – Recuva
Have you used any of these utilities before? How was your experience with those? Do you aware of any other great Windows 7 utility available for free? Let us know in comments.