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TreePad X Enterprise
384 Gigabyte Personal Information Manager and Word Processor.
Intuitive and versatile, including Website Generator, spellchecker, thesaurus, attachments, search engine, recycle bin, and much more! For Windows and Linux/Wine.
Click here to get the free evaluation version.
 
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Free Disk Catalog Programs
Free Compression, Split and ZIP programs
Free Executable Compressors
Free Folder & File Synchronizers
Free File & Document Converters
Free Backup Programs
Free Disk Search Engines
Free Disk Management Utilities
Free Disk Image Software
CD and DVD utilities
Free Virtual Disks
Free Remote File Storage/Sharing/Backup
Non-free Remote File Storage/Sharing
Free FTP Programs
Send very large files for free
Free Data Recovery Tools
Data Wiping Tools
Free File Management Utilities
File Formats and File Extensions
Free Checksum utilities
Free File-system Drivers
Boot Disks and Portable operating systems
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Free Disk Catalog Programs
CatfishSmall, free and automatic disk inventory program for Windows. For people who can't remember what they put on their ZIP disks, floppies or CD-roms! We use it at Freebyte.
CathyA similar program (not only in name) to Catfish. Has searching capabilities based on file name, date and size. Customizable date format. Found files can be opened directly, if they are present. Only contains a small single executable file, meaning that no installation is needed. Runs on Windows.
 
Free Compression, Split and ZIP programs
HJ-Split

Freeware file splitter for a variety of platforms (Windows, Linux and more).

Why split and recombine files? For instance, think of a file of 50 Mb, and try to send it to a friend, post it in a newsgroup or upload it to a Website or FTP server. It is usually easier to send/receive, upload/download smaller parts than handle the entire file in one go.

HJSplit can also be useful for backups. A file of e.g. 10 gigabytes in size can be split into smaller parts which then can be burned to CD's, DVDs, copied to USB sticks or uploaded to an online backup service.

And of course HJSplit can also recombine/join the split parts back together again.

There are HJSplit versions available for a large number of platforms: Windows, Linux, Java, PHP, OS/2, Windows 3.x, MS DOS, Amiga. Compatible MAC software is also included.

Created by Freebyte.com in cooperation with various programmers.

BZipA command-line program for compressing/uncompressing bz2 files. This freeware, open-source program is present on most Unix/Linux systems by default. However, if you need it on Windows it can be downloaded from here.
Freebyte ZIP
A powerful freeware ZIP program with full Windows user-interface. It can zip and unzip files, create new zip files, directly view and sort zip file contents, make self-extracting archives, password protect and encrypt files, etc. etc. Runs on windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, NT and XP.

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StuffItMac file expander (program to open compressed files) for the MAC platform. Support for various file formats, like BinHex, MacBinary, zip, gzip, uu, tar. Lite version is freeware.
 
Free Executable Compressors
MPressFreeware executable packer for PE32 (= Windows), PE32+ and .Net executable formats!
UPX Free program which can compress Windows and Linux executables to 40% of their original size. Very fast and efficient program.
 
Free Folder & File Synchronizers
Allway SyncFree file and folder synchronization program for Windows. Synchronizes your data between desktop PCs, laptops, USB drives and more.
 
Free File & Document Converters
File BlenderA versatile program to convert files of various types: video (AVI, WMV, FLV, MP4, ...), image Converter (BMP, JPG, PNG, GIF, TIF, ...), audio (MP3, WAV, FLAC, OGG, APE), PDF/TIFF splitter and joiner, JS/CSS minifier and obfuscator, encrypt/decrypt files, etc.
Free File ConverterFree online file conversion. These file types are supported: pdf docx odt flac xlsx jpg xls ods csv ppt odp mp3 wpd xlsx txt rtf bmp lit gif png wps tga tiff wbmp 3gp ac3 avi flac mov mp3 mp4 mpeg wav wmv rm swf flv aac ac3 m4a mp4 rmvb.
OmniformatFree document conversion utility for Windows, which allows dynamic conversion and image manipulation of over 75 file formats including HTML, DOC, XLS, WPD, PDF, JPG, GIF, TIF, PNG, PCX, PPT, PS, TXT, Photo CD, FAX and MPEG.
online-ConVert.comFree online media file converter. It converts: audio files, video files, image files, documents, ebooks. It can also create a Hash value from a file
PDF to Word ConverterFree online converter to transform a PDF file into a Rich Text or MS Word file.
ZamzarConverts videos and other file formats online. It can converts files which are stored on your harddisk or convert files which are on the Internet (URLs).
 
Free Backup Programs
Freebyte Backup Freebyte Backup is a very effective freeware backup program for Windows. It enables you to easily backup files from any amount of directories and sub-directories.

Freebyte Backup can backup all files, or a selection of files: you can filter according to file-date, file-type and even perform an incremental backup. Also: support for profiles.
Small, simple to use, and simple to install (no dll's!!).

Created by Freebyte.com.

Easeus Disk CopyFree program which can create an exact (Mirror Image, Disk to Disk) copy of your old disk, including the operating system, applications, personal preferences, custom settings, data, lost files, and inaccessible data. It can be used for backup, cloning, your original small hard drive to a new larger drive.
 
TreePad X Enterprise
384 Gigabyte Personal Information Manager and Word Processor.
Intuitive and versatile, including Website Generator, spellchecker, thesaurus, attachments, search engine, recycle bin, and much more! For Windows and Linux/Wine.
Click here to get the free evaluation version.
 
Free Disk Search Engines
Hardisk Search & Stats

Very powerful freeware text-Search Engine for your harddisk. It enables you to conveniently search large numbers of text/ascii-based files simultaneously.
Harddisk Search & Stats is ideal for those who are handling text files, such as programmers, web developers, computer professionals, system managers and other demanding users.

Created by Freebyte.com

 
Free Disk Management Utilities
Disktective
Freeware disk reporting tool for Windows. It allows you to find out the size, distribution and structure of used disk space.
A folder/directory may contain hundreds of subdirectories each containing thousands of files. Select any folder or disk and Disktective will create a report displaying the real sizes of all directories and all containing subdirectories.

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Easus Partition MaterCreate and delete partitions, resize and move partitions without data loss, copy the entire hard disk to another one without windows reinstalling and more.
The home edition is free. For 32bit Windows.
FAT32 FormatterAlthough the Fat32 file system supports volumes of up to 2TB (= 2000 Gigabytes), Windows only allows formatting FAT32 partitions when they are 32 gigabytes or smaller.
This freeware and open-source "FAT32 Formatter" utility solves this problem by enabling you to format FAT32 drives and partitions of up to 2 TB.
FMTFree format tools for floppies: 360kb, 720kb, 1.2mb, 1.44mb, 1.68mb & 1.72mb
IDE/ATA
diagnostics
utilities
Utilities for low level surface scans, detecting drive options, diagnosing IDE drives, detecting associations between physical and logical drives.
mkdosfsA port of the Linux mkdosfs command line tool to Windows. It allows you to format FAT32 partitions also when they are larger than 32GB (Windows can only format FAT32 up to 32 Gb).
Partition LogicA free hard disk partitioning program which can create, delete, format, defragment, resize, and move partitions and modify their attributes. It can also copy entire hard disks from one to another.
Ranish Partition
Manager
Freeware. Ranish Partition Manager is a boot manager and hard disk partitioner. It gives users high level of control for running multiple operating systems, such as Windows 98/NT/XP, Linux, FreeDOS, and FreeBSD on a single disk.
Smart DefragFree disk defragmentation program for Windows.
 
Free Disk Image Software
SelfImageSelfImage is capable of making an image of a hard disk partition and saving it as a file - useful for making backups.
RawWrite for WindowsA tool for creating boot disks and other floppy disk images.
dd for WindowsUtlity to create disk-image files, create disks from disk-image files, and rip an iso file from a CD.
XXCloneCopies the whole Win NT, 2000 or XP system volume to another disk that will be ready to boot without a restore step. Supports FAT, NTFS, USB-disk, PATA and SATA.
 
CD and DVD utilities
Magic DiskVirtual CD/DVD driver. With this program you can access or mount an ISO image as a virtual CD/DVD drive just like any regular CD/DVD drive. Supports multiple CD/DVD image formats, including: iso, bin, cif, nrg, etc. Freeware for Windows.
Burn4FreeFree DVD and CD burning program for Windows.
BurnCDCCThis freeware utility can be used to burn an ISO file to a CD/DVD disc. Useful e.g. when you have downloaded a Linux OS installation ISO file from the Web.
InfraRecorderA freeware open-source program for Windows to burn CDs. It also supports burning ISO image files to CDs.
IsoBusterCD and DVD data recovery tool. It supports all CD and DVD formats and all common CD and DVD file-systems. Not free.
 
Free Virtual Disks
A virtual disk is a program or driver which allows you to access a file (usually a disk-image file) as if it is an external drive.
VM BackA virtual floppy drive for Windows
Free encrypted
virtual drives
A listing of free disk encryption software and encrypted virtual drives.
 
Free Remote File Storage/Sharing/Backup
The services listed in this section enable you to backup, store and/or share your files on the Internet for free. If you need a place to host your Web site, please see our guide to free home pages.
4shared.com1 Gigabyte of free space to share files.
Alway SyncSynchronize data between PC's, laptops, FTP servers, etc. Free for moderate personal use. For Windows.
AxiFile10 Gb of free online file space.
Box.netThe 'Personal' plan offers 5 Gb free online file storage and sharing.
Drive HeadquartersFree 1Gb of remote storage space including FTP access and file-sharing. The non-free plans range from 2 Gb for $ 2.99/month up to 20 Gigabytes for $19.99/Month
DropboxFree remote storage, synchronization and sharing of files and folders. For Linux, Windows, MAC, Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, iPad.
FileDENFree 1GB of personal storage space, 5GB of monthly bandwidth, 100 mb file size limit; you can also store videos and music files and link to them from elsewhere.
FileGenie20 Mb of free online backup space.
MozyHome Free2 Gb online backup space for free.
Online Internet StorageA list of sites providing internet based storage solutions, i.e. remote virtual hard drives or remote virtual storage space, both free and commercial.
SpiderOak.comFree online backup, share and sync for Linux, Windows and MAC.
Ubunto OneSynchronize, store and share 5 gigabytes of files and folders for free. For Linux/Ubuntu and Windows.
Webdrive.dk100 MB free space, share folders with other users, access zip files online.
 
Non-free Remote File Storage/Sharing
Box.netThe 'Personal' plan offers 5 Gb free online file storage and sharing.
File HamsterFree real-time backup and archiving of your files while you work, monitor specific files on your hard drive and automatically create incremental backups, etc.
I(2) Drive500 Mb storage, 1 Gb transfer for $ 9.99 per month
OrbitfilesUnlimited online file storage, backup and file-sharing for $5 per month.
 
Free FTP Programs
Classic FTPA free FTP client (for Windows, MAC, Pocket PC) that allows you to upload, download and delete files from a remote server. "Mirror and Upload" tool to scan a selected local folder and upload any files that do not exist in the selected remote folder.
Core FTP LiteFree FTP client for Windows with SSH/SFTP, SSL/TLS, browser integration, site to site transfers, drag and drop support, file viewing, file editing, transfer resuming, firewall support, custom commands, URL parsing, etc
FileZillaFreeware, open-source FTP program for Windows.
FTP WandererFTP Wanderer is a multithreaded FTP client with the look-and-feel of Windows Explorer, which makes moving files between the remote server and your computer as simple as local file manipulation.
JFTPGraphical FTP client, freeware for personal use. Runs on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris, HP-UX, OS/2, UNIX, provided Java is installed.
Right FTP Free FTP client for Windows, with multi-threaded data transfers, firewall support, ability to change remote file/directory attributes, passive data transfer and more.
SmartFTPFTP program for Windows. Free for personal and non-profit use.
WinSCPOpen source SFTP, FTP and SCP program for Windows.
FTP = regular file transfer protocol
SFTP = SSH file transfer protocol
SCP = secure copy protocol
 
Send very large files for free
Free services which allow sending files of 50 Mb or even 1 Gb.
mailbigfile.comSend files large files for free. It has free and non-free account types. The free account type has a maximum file size of 200 Mb.
SendThisFileSend very large files to anybody and free file sharing. It offers various levels of service. The lowest (free) level has a file-limit of 2 Gb.
SendToolSend files of up to 16 Mb for free.
Transfer Big FilesThe free account type allows for sending files of up to 100 Mb and offers 1 Gb of storage.
YouSendItSend files of up to 50 Mb for free.
 
TreePad X Enterprise
384 Gigabyte Personal Information Manager and Word Processor.
Intuitive and versatile, including Website Generator, spellchecker, thesaurus, attachments, search engine, recycle bin, and much more! For Windows and Linux/Wine.
Click here to get the free evaluation version.
 
Free Data Recovery Tools
Lost your data and no backups? Then your last resort is a data-recovery tool or data-recovery service.
Causes of data loss can vary from computer viruses, power failure, operating system crash, application crash, corrupt or missing system files, accidental formatting of harddisks, hard disk media failure, accidental deletion of files, etc.
ADRC Data Recovery
Software Tools
Free data-recovery program for Windows, which can: undelete files, recover files from damaged disks, copy a raw disk image to another disk, create and write disk image files to/from internal and removable drives, import/export the boot sector of a drive, etc.
Disk InvestigatorFreeware. This program can also help you to recover lost data. Display the true drive contents by bypassing the operating system and directly reading the raw drive sectors. View and search raw directories, files, clusters, and system sectors. Verify the effectiveness of file and disk wiping programs. Undelete previously deleted files.
Easy RecoveryNon free. Very useful tool to recover damaged, lost or deleted files. Free time-limited evaluation version available.
FlopShowFreeware. FlopShow is a file recovery + file undelete utility for fat - 12 partitions (floppies). Also options to create floppy disk images which can be used to restore floppies.
NT File RecoveryA free Windows utility to restore accidentally deleted files from NTFS file system.
PC InspectorFreeware. Supports the FAT 12/16/32 and NTFS file systems. Restore FAT partitions automatically, recovers files with the original time and date stamp.
R-LinuxFree file recovery utility for the Ext2FS file system.
S2 Services Data
Recovery Freeware List
Large directory containing freeware, commercial software, tips and information on how to recover lost data.
TestDiskFree utility for recovering lost or damaged partions on a harddrive. Supports: NTFS, FAT, FAT32, BeFS, BSD, CramFS, HFS, JFS, Ext2, Ext3, ReiserFS, Linux Swap, etc. TestDisk can run on DOS, Windows, Linux, BSD, SunOS and MacOS.
 
Data Wiping Tools
If you need to remove sensitive data totally from your harddisk, simply deleting these files is not enough! Using advanced methods, it is even possible to recover data that's been overwritten, unless it has been overwritten using carefully selected platterns!
Operating systems usually do not totally delete the file, but just mark the file as being 'deleted' so it can not be accessed when you view the contents of a directory. This means that you can not see the file anymore with normal tools, but specialized recovery tools can still access your data.
To prevent this from happening, you need to totally erase your files, using one of the specialized data removal tools you can find in this section. These removal tools totally erase your data by replacing the contents of your files with effective data-patterns before deleting them the normal way.
After WorkFree Windows utility which can be used to wipe sensitive data from your computer, such as: temporary internet files, IE history, visited sites, opened documents, started programs, temporary registry values.
CleanDiskNon-free. Total deletion of files, clean the Windows swap file, clean temporary files. Contains disk viewer to view the real contents of your disk including 'deleted' entries. Suitable for Win95, Win98, WinME, WinNT, Win2000, WinXP.
EraserFreeware for Windows. Eraser can remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it with carefully selected patterns. You can drag and drop files and folders to the on-demand eraser, use the convenient Explorer shell extension or use the integrated scheduler to program overwriting of unused disk space or, for example, browser cache files to happen regularly, at night, during your lunch break, at weekends or whenever you like.
Free Security Soft:
File Eraser
Erases files by overwriting the contents with random bytes before deleting them. Freeware for Windows.
HandyBits file shredderFreeware for personal, non-profit use. Can overwrite files with random data up to 15 times. Multi-language support, integration with Windows Explorer, with icon on desktop to use as recycle bin, etc.
How to destroy a CD or DVDDon't just throw away your CD's and DVD's when they contain personal or sensitive data. First you need to make sure that the data is unretrievable.
KillDiskHarddisk, floppy and partition eraser. Free and non-free editions are available.
No File RecoveryFree disk wipe utility for Windows.
 
Free File Management Utilities
Attribute changerThis application is designed to automate mass changes to file and folder attributes. It add's itself to the context menus for folders and drives. You can establish filters and exceptions to fine tune the search process.
Fast File Renamer

A free program which can help you with the tedious task of renaming large numbers of files. It can be used by anyone who needs to keep large collections of files organized (such as mp3 files, image and graphics files, web-site-related files, system files).

For Windows and Linux/Wine.
Created by Freebyte.com.

FileBox eXtenderThis utility extends Windows by adding several buttons to the standard File Open and File Save dialog boxes. One button is used to access and define favorite files or directories, another other button accesses recently accessed directories. There are also other options, such as the ability to resize any of the standard Windows file dialogs.
FreeCommanderFree dual-pane Windows-Explorer replacement.
Media ConvertFree online media-file converter. Converts sound, video and text files to other formats.
ShellGemA small free program that makes moving and copying files in Windows 95/98 easily. Once you install it, just right-click-drag any file, and ShellGEM opens a list of the drives on your system. You can then move through an unfolding tree of your system's folders (no clicking required), and move or copy the file wherever you want.
The RenameProgram that allows you to rename a batch of files simply and quickly with many options.
Total CommanderNot free. A highly recommended shareware Explorer replacement program for Windows. Improved access to your local files through a two-pane interface, convenient access to remote FTP sites, access Zip files as directories, enhanced search, quick view, etc. Much better than the standard Windows explorer.
UnLock ITFreeware program which enables you to unlock the files that are locked by some processes in your system. For Windows.
xplorer2 liteFree file manager for Windows.
XXCopyXXCOPY is a powerful superset of XCOPY using the same syntax. Command-line program for DOS and Windows.
 
File Formats and File Extensions
Dot What!?Database of file format extensions, mainly for Windows, but also Apple Macintosh and Linux.
File formats and
their Extensions
Large list with thousands of file formats.
File-Extensions.orgA search engine and large list of file extensions. Each file extension comes with an explanation on the way it is used today.
FileExtSearch engine for file extensions. It will find the type of file a file-extension represents and/or the program using that file type.
FileFormat.infoInformation on many file types.
FileInfo.comSearch or browse for file extensions (Windows, MAC, Linux); the site also includes a listing of software titles related to each file type.
The Graphics file
formats page
Graphics file formats, programming code, FAQs, etc.
WebopediaData formats and their file extensions.
WotsitInformation on hundreds of different file types and all sorts of other useful programming information; algorithms, source code, specifications, etc.
 
Free Checksum utilities
KRyLack
File Checksum Tool
A free utility for Windows that can generate a MD5, SHA-1, HAVAL, MD2, SHA-256, SHA-384, SHA-512 hash (= checksum) from a file.
MD5A command line utility for Linux/Unix or MS-DOS/Windows, which generates and verifies message digests (digital signatures) using the MD5 algorithm.
WinMD5SumFreeware program for Windows to verify data integrity using the MD5 128-bit cryptographic hash.
 
Free File-system Drivers
Ext2 Installable
file system forWindows
Freeware system-driver for Windows NT4.0/2000/XP which provides full access to Linux Ext2 and Ext3 volumes (read access and write access). Useful when you have installed both Windows and Linux as a dual boot environment on your computer.
 
Boot Disks and Portable operating systems
BartPEBart's PE Builder creates a bootable/portable version of Windows using a regular Windows DVD (only Windows XP, 2000, 2003 are supported). You can copy this bootable Windows version to a USB disk and start your computer from that USB disk.
Bootdisk.comFreely downloadable boot disks for Windows, DOS, Linux. Also: installation guides for Windows, links to drivers and DLLs.
Linux live CD'sThe various Linux live CD's (such as Ubuntu or Fedora) can be used to boot a full working operating system directly from a CD without installing anything.
 
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Free System and
Administrator utilities
Free process viewers, system analysis tools, network monitoring tools, registry tools, task schedulers.
Free Software
created by Freebyte
Free Personal Information Managers, free File and Disk Utilities, free Address Books, free eBook Software and more. All created by Freebyte.com.
Free Anti-virus SoftwareBelieve it or not, there are many good anti-virus programs you can download and use for free! Also: free firewalls, very useful trial anti-virus program versions, anti-virus software tests, links to specialized anti-virus sites, etc.
Free Anti-SpywareFree utilities to detect and remove spyware.
Free Technical SupportFree technical support for all computer-related issues: Hardware, software, PC, Windows, MAC, PDAs, Linux, drivers, Modems, dll's, virus.
Free drivers, dll's,
and bios upgrades
Find your missing system file (dll, vxd, ocx, driver, etc.) or BIOS upgrade, and download it for free.
Free Encryption and
Computer Security
Free file, disk and email encryption software; free password managers, free data wiping tools, firewalls, computer vulnerability tests.
Free Operating SystemsFree operating systems, such as: FreeBSD, Windows clones, emulators and much more. Also: interesting alternative commercial operating systems.
Free Programming ToolsFree programming tools for Windows, Linux, etc. Free C++, C, Delphi, Basic, Assembler, Cobol, Pascal, Java, SQL, Databases; links to free compilers, databases, interpreters, IDE's, installers, components, libraries, languages, helpfile generators and more.
Software sitesA large list of freeware sites, freebie sites, shareware sites and software search engines.
 
Also check out our free software
for Windows and Linux/wine!
TreePad LiteFree organizer/information manager
exe-eBook CreatorFree eBook compiler
Freebyte BackupFree backup program
Fast File RenamerFree multiple file renaming tool
Custom Addressbook LiteFree addressbook
DisktectiveFree Disk-space reporting tool
HJSplitFreeware file splitters - multiplatform
Harddisk Search and StatsFree search engine for your harddisk
Freebyte ZIPFree zip/unzip program
 
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