Windows tools I like, really

By admin, 4 January, 2024
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I recently put this Drupal 10 version of my site up (December 2023) and I've been browsing through my content on the old Drupal 7 site.  I came across some information that seemed worth sharing.


Here are some tech products that I use frequently and have for many years:

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CrapCleaner - well now they call it Ccleaner.  It is a very reliable registry cleaning tool and has never failed me.  I also use it for doing maintenance on my Windows computers: general cleanup of leftover files, caches etc.  Best price ever: Free!  Of course they have a paid version but I haven't found the need for it.


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Image for Windows from Terabyte is a trusted tool that I've used since around 2010.  Image for Windows has never failed me.  In May 2014, I found my main hard drive on my Windows 8 machine failing and installed a new drive, booted up the image for Linux CD, restored from backup and I was instantly up and running.  Also did this for a client on a new machine with Windows 7.  Thanks Terabyte!  They also have Image for Linux which allows you to boot up their image and do a quick backup of your Linux or Windows machine!  If your data is important to you, buy this product.  It is soooo worth it!


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Syncback Pro is is a really great product for transferring files from one place to another. It is fast and I have been using it for many years. There is a free version with limited features, but for the price, I would seriously consider the  pro version.  I don't use it for backup although some folks might.  I use it to keep files synched up between computers. Check out this crazy feature list:

  • Windows 11, 10, 8, 7 & Vista, 2008 and newer (32/64-bit)
  • Copy Locked or Open Files
  • Supports Amazon S3™ and compatible services, Google Drive™, Google Storage™, Google Photos™, Microsoft Azure™ Blob Storage, Microsoft OneDrive™, OneDrive for Business (Office 365), SharePoint™ (Office 365), Dropbox™, Box, SugarSync™, Rackspace™ / OpenStack, Backblaze™ B2, OVH™, Egnyte™, Citrix ShareFile™, pCloud™ and WebDAV. Parallel and threaded file transfers supported.
  • Fast Backup, Intelligent Synchronization and Incremental Backups
  • Backup Emails Stored on a POP3/IMAP4/Exchange Server
  • Versioning, with delta-copy - Keep Previous Backup Versions
  • Scripting - Configure How SyncBackPro Runs
  • Powerful and Modern FTP & SFTP support
  • Advanced Compression and Encryption, with parallel compression
  • Automatic Drive Failure (S.M.A.R.T.) and Ransomware Detection
  • SBMS Integration for Centralized Management (free with V11)
  • SyncBack Touch for integration with Android, Linux and macOS (free with V11)
  • SyncBack Monitor - free Android App to monitor SyncBackPro

I hope you find these useful.