Best freeware utilities?


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PaulFXH

Hi
Does anybody know of a list of (preferably BEST) freeware UTILITIES?
I've seen a number of best freeware lists recently that indeed mention
utilities but I'm looking for something more complete.

The type of software I'm seeking will do things like:

1) Check CPU activity
2) Measure HD RW speeds
3) RAM RW and latency

.......essentially anything that allows me to take a peek under the
"hood" of my machine and thereby indulge in some "tune-up" activity.
I already have quite a number of these utilities but I want to see if
there is anything better and, particularly, is there anything I have
overlooked.

TIA
Paul
 
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Thorkild Dalsgaard

"PaulFXH" wrote
The type of software I'm seeking will do things like:
2) Measure HD RW speeds
http://www.hdtune.com/

HD Tune is a hard disk utility which has the following functions:

Benchmark: measures the raw performance
Transfer Rate
Access Time
CPU Usage
Burst Rate
Hard Disk information which includes partition information, supported
features, firmware version, serial number, disk capacity, buffer size,
transfer mode
Hard Disk Health
S.M.A.R.T. Information (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology)
Power On Time
Error scan
Temperature display
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HD Tune is freeware!

Regards
Thorkild Dalsgaard
 
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PaulFXH

Thorkild Dalsgaard escreveu:
"PaulFXH" wrote

http://www.hdtune.com/

HD Tune is a hard disk utility which has the following functions:

Benchmark: measures the raw performance
Transfer Rate
Access Time
CPU Usage
Burst Rate
Hard Disk information which includes partition information, supported
features, firmware version, serial number, disk capacity, buffer size,
transfer mode
Hard Disk Health
S.M.A.R.T. Information (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology)
Power On Time
Error scan
Temperature display
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HD Tune is freeware!
Thanks for your reply Thorkild,

Actually, I use this on my OTHER computer (a long way from here, but
WinXP as OS) and wondered why I had neglected to install it on my
present machine (WinME, which I had neglectfully forgotten to mention
in my first post).

When I tried to download from the link you supplied, I found out that
HDTune is suitable ONLY for machines with an NT OS.

Thanks anyway
Paul
 
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Bob Adkins

Hi
Does anybody know of a list of (preferably BEST) freeware UTILITIES?
I've seen a number of best freeware lists recently that indeed mention
utilities but I'm looking for something more complete.

The type of software I'm seeking will do things like:

1) Check CPU activity
2) Measure HD RW speeds
3) RAM RW and latency
HDTune, hands-down the best.

CPU-Z will let you peek at the CPU, RAM, and MB details.
 
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Franklin

HDTune, hands-down the best.

CPU-Z will let you peek at the CPU, RAM, and MB details.
--

Here are some which I have tried.

MEMTEST 86 and also MEMTEST 86+ to soak test the RAM with about a
dozen different tests.

Speedfan and also Fanspeed for temps and, of course, fan speeds and
ISTR cpu speed too.
http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php
http://uk.geocities.com/twistedfuryuk/fanspeed/

HDtach for HD performance. Also Atto's Bench32 which looks nice but
my v2.02 is getting old.
http://www.simplisoftware.com/Public/index.php?request=HdTach
http://kb.ciprico.com/lore/article.php?id=268

Gebhard's very nice Doc's AAM Tool which I prefer to the Hitachi AAM
tool. (Less good is WinAAM.)
see http://www.gebhardsoftware.de/pghgbstl.htm

2Morrow's CPU Stats.
http://www.2morrow.com/cpustats/

From PESoft is neat Tiny Res Meter.
http://perso.accelance.net/~pesoft/trm/us_trm.html
 

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