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When you perform Windows upgrade over your existing Windows operating system, or when you reinstall Windows without formatting the system disk, or when you Refresh/Reset your Windows, the system creates a special Windows.old folder. The special Windows.old folder holds copies of apps, programs, and files from the earlier Windows installation. Thus the folder takes a huge chunk of disk space, in some cases around 10 GB to 25 GB.

The Windows.old folder helps you downgrade to the earlier version of Windows safely if the newer installation is not working properly. It is also helpful if you are not happy with suppose the new Windows 10 operating system and you want to roll back to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

What if you do not want to revert back to the earlier edition of Windows and you are happy with Windows 10? Windows.old folder still keeps the space occupied. It may be overlooked by users who have TBs of hard disk space. But if you are running low on space or use a SSD with limited space, you may want to delete the Windows.old folder and recover the valuable few GBs it is holding up.

Easier said than done. You cannot simply use the Del button or press Shift + Del button to delete the Windows.old folder. So how to delete Windows.old folder to free up disk space in Windows 10? (Although this post is written for Windows 10 users, any Windows operating system user can refer to it. The steps to remove Windows.old folder remains same.) You do not need to worry or use any third-party tools as the native Disk Cleanup tool can easily delete Windows.old folder from your hard disk.

Performing any tasks related to hard disk is a daunting task for majority of computer users. All operating systems are equipped with a built-in disk management software that provides basic functions like creating new partitions or deleting existing ones. Microsoft Windows is no exception here. The flagship operating system by Microsoft comes bundled with a Disk Management function accessible from the Computer Management window. It provides very basic functions like create new partition, delete partition, etc. What if you need to do some advance tasks like splitting an existing partition or resizing one? Truly speaking, not everyone wants to invest money to buy some expensive software that they are going to use very less. How about if we tell about a software which does more than what you want and still is free? Here, we are going to review AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. It’s a freeware hard disk management software for Windows that has some impressive features under its sleeve. Enough of talking, lets dive in to find out how it performs in our tests.

VeraCrypt is an on-the-fly encryption utility, a fork of TrueCrypt. A software fork means that the software is using the source code of the original but it’s not a clone.

Before we talk more about VeraCrypt, here’s what happened to the original TrueCrypt software. TrueCrypt (discontinued now by its original developers) was the most popular encryption software. The sudden abandon of the open source project left many speculations and even led to many conspiracy theories. Official TrueCrypt website started redirecting to SourceForge page. Official announcement stated that TrueCrypt is “not secure” and may have “security issues.” The developers even asked users to use Microsoft Windows BitLocker to encrypt data. The internet was abuzz about the sudden death of the popular project. Many infosec people started suggesting TrueCrypt alternatives. Since VeraCrypt is a fork of TrueCrypt, users may consider it as a good alternative of TrueCrypt.

In this digital age, when we keep all our important data dumped into electronic devices, it’s not very hard to lose the data either by human error or for any other reasons. Also, there is a threat of data being stolen when we thought that we got rid of it. Auslogics File Recovery 3 is a simple to use professional application to recover deleted files or lost partitions. It also includes advanced privacy protection and backup tools too; it includes a secure file eraser and disk wiper.

We completed our earlier Auslogics giveaway successfully, so we are here again with another Auslogics software giveaway! This time, the Auslogics File Recovery 3 is up for giveaway. We’ll be giving away 5 copies of Auslogics File Recovery 3 worth almost $250 in total this week. But, first, let’s see the features offered by this application.

File Recovery is a very straight forward and easy to use program. Inclusion of advanced privacy protection and backup tools further increases its value. Let’s take a quick walk-through of the program features before we talk about the giveaway.

Most modern hard disks that are available today comes with a built-in feature called Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology, or S.M.A.R.T. (sometimes written as SMART). Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology or SMART. The hard disk’s integrated controller works with various sensors to check various aspects of the hard drive’s performance, from this information, S.M.A.R.T. determines if the hard drive is behaving normally or not.

This helps the operating system keep an eye on the health of the drive, by checking its operating temperature, how long it takes to spin up to full speed, whether it encounters any read errors, and so on. When a failure is anticipated by S.M.A.R.T., the drive is typically replaced and returned to the manufacturer, who then analyzes these dead drives to discover where faults lie and how to prevent them from recurring on the next generation of hard disk drives.

It is always recommended to periodically use the Check Disk tool to check the integrity of disks. Check Disk is a very powerful tool, it examines disks and can even correct many types of common errors on FAT, FAT32, and NTFS drives. Check Disk can’t repair corrupted data within files that seem to be structurally intact. You can run Check Disk from the command line or through a graphical interface. This article will show you how to use Check Disk using the later.