Most users rely on disk space analyzers to find out files and folders which are taking too much space, however, they can also be used to keep a check on folders which attempt to surreptitiously start filling up disk space with junk data. SizeOnDisk
is portable disk usage analyzer for inspecting disks and folders for disk space usage. You can either choose a disk to completely analyze the space distribution or pick up any folder to check size of underlying sub-folders and files.
Although folders are nothing new to Android, their proper use has always been in question by hardcore users. Perhaps the rather bland and monotonous concept of folders in stock Android firmware has led many custom ROM developers to come up with goodies of their own. As a result, we are getting to see many uniquely designed and much purposeful folder apps arriving at a constant pace in the Android Market these days. Once such app that we recently came across is Application Folder
- a free (ad-supported) homescreen widget for Android that can be used to create highly customizable folders containing shortcuts to a user-defined group of apps, bookmarks and/or contacts. Now, you might be wondering how it is any better than the built-in folder creation feature seen in iOS-inspired Android launchers the likes of GO Launcher EX and MIUI’s native launcher. For starters, you can choose a separate icon for each folder that you create using Application Folder. Furthermore, folders can be set to display contained shortcuts (when tapped) in either a side-scrollable badge or the conventional window view. Application is all about hyper-customization; it packs quite a few interesting features that we shall explore past the break.
Users who’ve lost a track of backed up data may find it challenging to manually check which and how much data has been backed up from source to target locations, i.e from local PC to any remote location on network. In such a scenario, they could go for comparing files and folders which are present on both locations or try an application which can quickly do comparisons between original and backed up locations. MOBZSync
is an application which not only compares data saved in two different folders but can synchronize and copy the data of any of the selected folder with other. This could come handy when you want to check which files and folders are missing in either back up or source folder.
Windows special folders must be backed up before installing a fresh copy of Windows on the system, as they may contain important files, saved preferences, application logs, game saves, music libraries, and many other types of items which you can't afford to lose at any cost. These folders are generally referred to as folders which are created and managed by Windows, including, My Documents, My Music, My Videos, Common Files, Music Library, Games, Common Startup Menu, My Music, ProgramData and many others. Backing up these folders manually is quite a hectic task, as one has to locate them and then manually move them. Special Folders Manager 2
is a backup utility which capitalizes solely on backing up and restoring Windows special folders.
With this application, you wont have to search for special folders, just launch it, specify folders which you want to move, and start the backup process. It will backup all the folders in one go, saving you a lot of precious time and effort. Apart from creating backup, it allows you to instantly restore backed up special folders to their original locations, so freshly installed Windows can detect and fetch contained data automatically.
Unlike Windows Recycle Bin, Mac Trash doesn’t provide a facility to remove selected files and folders from the trash can. The Trash folder offers only two options which are, to Put Back
the selected file, i.e. restore file/folder to source location and to Empty Trash - delete all the contained files and folders in one go. OneTrash
is a tiny app for Mac which sits in dock bar, allowing you to bring it up anytime to remove selected items from trash can. If you’ve been using certain commands in Terminal window to delete selected files, OneTrash approach will prove to be a lot better and quick for removing selected content from Trash.
is a batch file deletion utility that has a list of useful cleaning filters to delete only specific type of files from multiple folders. The application also offers an extensive search option to let you remove files which falls under specified criteria. You can use build-in file analyzer to pre-analyze the cleaning process which is to be performed.
If you have to work on a particular folder or set of folders for a prolonged time period, then accessing all the many directories just to reach your destination folders can be quite troublesome and time wasting. A better alternative is to use Vdrive
, also called Virtual Driver
, a freeaware application that lets users map folders and directories to virtual drives. You can even assign a drive extension to the selected folder and give it a label of your choice.
Finding out which folder on your hard disk is taking more space and seeking out for the enormous sized folders is a bit hard especially when you’re are managing lots of data. Minh's Free DiskSpaceExplorer
is portable utility which enables user to view all folders and underlying sub-folders in tree structure with details of each folder’s size.
Watch 4 Folder
is a small yet effective tool for monitoring activities and changes to user-selected directories, and take automated actions based on these activities and changes. The program runs in the background, actively monitoring all the directories that you have specified and triggers predefined reactions based on what you have instructed.
One problem with working on multiple files at the same time is that it becomes hard to keep track of which files were modified when, which has been updated, which were new, and so on. And to add more complexity, it can also be a problem to remember all the directories in which these files have been placed.
If your work routine involves navigating through a long directory path to reach a certain file or folder, this tool might come in handy. Folder Bookmarks
is an open source application that allows you to ‘bookmark’ any file or folder, buried deep within the file structure, and open it quickly with just a double-click.
Windows 7 comes with a build-in encryption tool called Bitlocker which can encrypt and password protect your entire drive, but what if you want to quickly prevent access to a specific folder without having to encrypt it’s data (which is a slow and tiresome process).
Among the first of things when Windows 7 launched, users needed a stable program which can quickly change the folder icons and restore them back to the original state in one click. So far we haven’t been able to find a really good stable app for this purpose, until today. Folderico
is, in layman’s term, a brilliant one-stop solution for all the folder icon changing needs.
Customization may be the key to variety, and for users keen on this aspect of an operating system, Custom Folder
may sound very appealing. This very small application lets a user customize folder backgrounds
in Windows, with custom image
, font color, folder icon etc. It is also free and portable.
Update: Custom Folder has been discontinued. However, you can use Windows 7 Folder Background Changer to change the background of specified folders.
The most noticeable and immaculate feature of Windows 7 is indeed its taskbar. It is as robust as previous versions of the taskbars and offers a new way of interacting with the applications. You can pin any shortcut so that they can be accessed right from the taskbar rather than the desktop or start menu search bar. But like any other things there is one shortcoming, you cannot pin your folders to it, which you might want to if you access them more frequently. Here is a great way to access your favorite shortcuts right from your taskbar in Windows 7.
If a virus attacks your system, the first thing you will do is to remove the virus with an anti-virus software. But what then? Your system will still likely to remain corrupted. This is because some types of viruses usually tweak the system registry and file systems. If you remove the virus, your system registry and file systems will still remain corrupted. Virus Effect Remover is a free opensource tool which helps you to remove the effect of viruses from the Windows Registry and File System easily. Also it can detect the registry error caused by a virus.
You must have noticed that some viruses disable task manger, registry editor, folder options, etc, you can use this tool to enable them back instantly. Read More
Do you want to change the icon color of different folders in Windows? Or maybe you have made some custom icons and would like to apply it on different folders? If you want to better organize your folders by changing their colors or by adding your custom icon, then all you need is useful little software called Folder Marker. It supports 32-bit icons, and can work with several folders at once. Read More
Are you suspicious that your important files and folders are being accessed by some other user on your computer? If yes, then there is a small handy feature built into Windows which you can use to find out who and when either using your account or some one else's account on your computer has accessed a particular folder or a file. This feature is a part of Group Policy Editor which is used mostly for advances system settings and is a Graphical User interface ( GUI ) of a set of registry settings. Read on to find out how to make it monitor and track the folders. Read More
In Windows, NoFolderOptions policy hides the folder options from control panel and even disables the Show Folder and Search options from the command under Tools Menu in Windows Explorer. If your computer is not a part of an office environment or any other organizational network than you might be having a risk of a virus which disables these options as a part of infection. This policy in the registry also hides the file extensions to known file types so that the virus may infect your system in stealth. To enable this option, follow these simple steps. Read More
An Image, whether an ISO or other media image, is simply a file that can be used as a virtually identical copy of the original media. This file not only contains individual data files, it also contains track and sector information and arranges all this information in a file system, just like media disk. Image files, unlike normal files, are usually not opened; rather, they are mounted. It is simply a CD-ROM or DVD image saved in ISO-9660 format. ISO images are mainly used as source files from which to create media. After you download the image, you can use CD-burning software to recreate the physical CD-ROM/DVD. Read More