When using resource intensive applications, one can often face system hangs without knowing that the CPU usage has reached 100% utilization. In such an instance, it is not possible to quickly launch System Monitor to view CPU usage as the system is hanged. Although, Ubuntu is meant to be less resource intensive as an operating system, installing too many applications and packages can lead to frequent hangs. SysPeek
is a system monitor indicator which displays CPU resource utilization , memory and swap usage, disk usage, and network traffic from system tray. The biggest convenience of this applindicator app is that it displays a CPU usage indicator which turns red when it finds 100% utilization of CPU.
Gaming enthusiasts and IT professionals are known for spending a large amount of money on computer hardware. But sometimes system from the most well known brands contain faulty parts which do not provided optimum performance. If you have spent a good amount of money on your new system or would simply like to test the stress capability of your PC, then you should try StressMyPC
. It is a portable application which is designed to test your hard disk, graphic card and CPU under stress conditions to help you determine if your system components will do well under stressful conditions, e.g. during gameplay or when a resource hogging applications are being used. This app is from the same developer who has brought us IsMyLcdOK
and the quad pane file explorer Q-Dir
Hard disk lights on computers provide the utility to check if the hard disk is being thrashed, during an unresponsive system session. Unfortunately, sometimes the disk lights are hidden away in computers or laptops. Being unable to determine hard disk load can lead to a number of issues including disk errors, which can eventually cause permanent damage to the drive (if not resolved). Normally hard disk load can be monitored from the Resource Monitor in Windows 7. However, as mentioned above, the hard disk light on a system are handy for monitoring during a system hang.
A number of problems can be caused due to system heat up which can lead to damage to computer components. Overheating can be caused due to several reasons, including a faulty or non-functional fan (system supply), wiring issues and blockage of system ventilation ducts. We have covered some system temperature monitoring tools for Windows like HDD Guardian
is a graphical system temperature monitor for Ubuntu which displays the temperature of the motherboard, CPU sensors, hard drive and the speed of the fan.
It often happens that suddenly a system stops responding, leaving users with no idea if the disk is running or something has ceased its working. Since Mac systems don’t have disk LED which can show the current disk activity, having a tiny application which can fill this void would certainly come handy. Disk LED
is miniscule application which puts disk LED in Mac menu bar, so users can quickly check if disk is responding to requests or not. Disk LED can check the disk state in real time. Alternatively, you can customize the disk check update time and stretch the refresh interval rate to 1 second. By default, it checks only system disks but can be enabled for checking removable devices activity.
Gnome Disk Utility
is an application that allows users to manage hard drive and media devices on their Linux system. Disk utility can be used to mount, unmount, format entire volumes and even to create Raid arrays. It also provides the option to configure media devices and hard disks by connecting remotely to computers.
Buying a new laptop or desktop PC can be quite confusing. Many people find it difficult to compare prices, features, processor types,etc to find the right choice in accordance with their requirements. In this post we will tell you the top 10 things to consider before buying a PC.
It can be quite frustrating and problematic when you delete your files accidentally. This is often the dilemma of people who are used to the Shift+Delete key for deleting items from the hard drive. Even the habit of clicking yes on prompts many a times leads us to delete files unintentionally by a reflex action. Undelete 360
is an application that recovers deleted items from a computer hard drives, usb, memory card, camera device and pen drives.
H2testw is a small portable utility developed by a German but comes with an English interface as well. The original purpose of the tool is to check for read/write errors and other errors in a USB drive. It can also be used to check for errors in any external hard disk or network drives. Read More
Virtaul Hard Disk (VHD)
is basically a file format that contains complete structure of a hard disk. It is a virtual machine hard disk that can reside on a native host file system encapsulated within a single file. It is used to store virtual operating systems, their related program files and it acts like a proper hard disk. Now, you won't need any third party tools to create and attach VHD, Windows 7’s Disk Management
comes with an option to create, attach and detach the Virtual Hard Disks instantly.
Many software leave their traces in the Windows registry even through you have properly uninstalled them. When your registry is full of such traces(junk keys), your Windows performance is effected. Wouldn’t it be great if you could see what has changed in your registry and then take proper measures to remove the junk keys?
Back in February, I mentioned few ways to reinstall trial software when trial period has expired
. One reason the trial software cannot be reinstalled is because during the reinstallation process it detects the previous key from Windows registry and deny another installation. Wouldn’t it be great if you could see which key was added in the registry and then remove it more easily?
Editor’s Note: We have covered three posts so far on the topic of partition, you can find the latest one here. It is not an easy topic, one wrong critical action can lead to your data being lost. Before beginning, I would recommend that you make a backup of your important files, just in case something goes wrong. If you don’t have any space to make backup on your hard disk, you can backup online for free using Mozy, they provide 2Gb of free space which is enough for an ordinary user.
Partition Manager(Home Edition) is a free utility for Windows that lets you create, delete, format, resize, and move partition instantly. It works on 32-bit version of Windows only, 64-bit is not supported in free version. It supports up to 1.5TB of Hard Disk.
Resizing/Moving partition using this tool is a piece of cake, just right-click the drive and select Resize/Move from the list of options. If you have multiple hard disks, they will be labeled as Disk1, Disk2, and so on. Read More
In December I covered a way to permanently delete files
from Windows, but a reader meadowmuffin
points out another great app for completely removing sensitive files. Eraser
is a free opensource tool for Windows that completely removes files that you no longer need, in other words it’s a secure data removal tool. it works by overwriting your data several times with carefully selected patterns.
Note: When you delete a file from your hard disk using the Windows delete button, the file is only temporarily removed(even through you have emptied the recycle bin) and can be easily recovered. To permanently remove an important file and make it unrecoverable you have to use 3rd party tools like RightDelete, Eraser, etc.
Do you want to find out some details about your hard disk such as the temperature, health, features, speed, etc? CrystalDiskInfo is an excellent little app that shows you the complete details about your hard disk including it’s serial number, buffer size, etc. Read More
The availability of internet has made it possible for us to download almost unlimited number of files, and since the size of hard disks are huge it is almost impossible to find duplicated files. Sometimes there can be 2 or 3 similar files scattered around different drives and folders. In large numbers, these duplicate files can take quite a bit of hard disk space.
Have you ever thought of using Gmail’s generous amount of space as a hard drive? With over 7GB of storage now we can use all that extra storage as a online hard drive. Much like a regular hard drive, you will be able to create folders, and copy, save or retrieve them from the Gmail drive and you will be able to access the file from anywhere with just an internet connection. The Gmail Drive is a free drive application that creates a virtual file-system in Windows Explorer, enabling you to use Gmail as an online hard drive. It literally creates an additional drive for your PC, under your My Computer folder. You will then be able to save, delete and retrieve files directly from your Windows Explorer. Read on to find out how.
Do you open your web browser only to see it load slowly? Or you want to remove your History due to privacy concerns? If yes, then its time to act now. Removal of Internet History, Cookies and Cache allows the browser to start faster, improve its overall functioning speed, frees up disk space and not to forget your security and privacy. There are many ways to do this, but we have written down the most simplest and easiest way to do it. :) Read More
Editor’s Note: After lot of comments from the users, I have now changed this post’s tile and made some changes in the content. And I will have to agree that saving hard disk space does not increase the computer’s performance. So my readers have won after a short protest :) Just kidding.
I will now(in a few days) write about how to increase performance that will in fact focus on two things, CPU and RAM.
Did you ever get tired of your hard disk that is always full? Do you want to increase space on your hard disk by removing any useless junk? Read More
There are many ways to speed up your computer without purchasing more memory or upgrading your CPU.The following easy steps are simple to follow and almost guaranteed to increase the hard disk space of your computer!
If you haven't checked your hard drive for temp files or used a specific program to do this task, chances are that your PC may have been cluttered with so many unknown files that they maybe taking up a whole lot of disk space. If you think your hard disk is cluttered we'll help you to remove unnecessary files with ease. Read More