Hello

Fanatical offers us a new Software Bundle.

https://www.fanatical.com/en/bundle/o-and-o-software-pc-utilities-bundle

Tier 1 : 4.99€

  • Defrag 24
  • DiskImage 16

Tier 2 : 9.99€

  • SafeErase 16
  • DiskRecovery 14

Good deal or Bad deal ?

Thank you

1 month ago

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I would say that it's probably a bad deal...?
I think that all the software could be replaced with completely free open-source alternatives.

1 month ago
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Yep!

1 month ago
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Tier 1 yes.

but Tier 2 ?

1 month ago
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I'm not familiar with O&O so I'm not sure how good of a deal it is and most importantly how trustworthy they are.

I will say that Piriform offers some really good software that has both free and paid versions.

https://www.ccleaner.com/ccleaner
https://www.ccleaner.com/defraggler
https://www.ccleaner.com/recuva

1 month ago
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Free recurva is limited

1 month ago
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Yes, I know that. I said that there's free and paid versions.

1 month ago
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Indeed. Good software.((´Θ`*)
However, after being acquired by Avasta, it has taken some twists and turns, and the "Privacy" section of the "Options" tab has been configured to send usage information externally by default.

If you don't like such behavior, please deactivate it first when you use it.

1 month ago
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Note: I did not use the software I mention, so I myself can't say if it does the job well or not.

I found an article, which shows free software, which does exactly what SafeErase 16 does:
https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-completely-and-securely-delete-files-in-windows/

For the second one, I found another article, but it's not in English, so i will list the software mentioned:
Recuva
TestDisk
Disk Drill
IObit Undelete
Wondershare Recoverit
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

1 month ago
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The website I use to find an alternative software: https://alternativeto.net/

1 month ago
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1 month ago
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Pretty much, applies to most software nowadays.

1 month ago
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  1. Windows itself can do defragmentation. Linux usually doesn't even need it.

  2. Don't know the Windows alternative here but on Linux this task can be automated. Pretty neat stuff.

  3. Again don't know the Windows alternative here, but it's an easy task on Linux.

  4. There is testdisk on Linux but it's kinda messy. Does the job but messy. Though I don't do data recovery jobs for a while so I don't know if it got better. For data recovery, the best and most successful software I used is Seagate File Recovery for Windows, for NTFS at least. It's not a free program, in fact a pricey one, but if you live on it definitely worth the license fee. Usually free ones are not better than each other. I have no idea about this DiskRecovery 14.

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1 month ago
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These things like in Tier 1 are generally massive gimmicks. I haven't owned a Windows machine since the early 2000s, but I remember setting automatic maintenance cycles with the Windows software itself to speed up the machine once a month, including defrag. I'm sure that's still a part of the Windows setup.

When I switched to mac, I never had to do that ever again. You just shut the computer down fully once a week to allow it to do it's own thing. Macs remove orphan files and speed up processes in the shutdown and startup. So it's never needed. YET, they make these gimmicky software for macs too and try to encourage green users to buy them.

Before buying these things, do a little research into what your computer is actually capable of. Can these softwares do more harm than good if not used properly? I know the mac ones can potentially cause more problems for your machine than if you'd just left it alone. Be careful what you install. =)

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isn't it true that SSD's don't really need defargging because it degrades the drive?

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