In the "Driver Management" folder of the "Hiren's BootCD PE" start menu, you will find shortcuts for :
As you can see, the "dxdiag.exe" program allows you to get a lot of information about :
In the other tabs, you can get informations about :
In the "Hard Disk Tools\Data Recovery" folder of the start menu of "Hiren's BootCD PE", you will find many programs for recovering deleted or lost data (following a problem with a RAID volume, for example) :
The best known and most trusted free program available here is Recuva.
To use it, refer to our "Recuva - Data recovery" tutorial.
Defragmenting your hard drive allows you to glue together the pieces of files stored on your hard drive so that your computer is faster.
However, since Windows 7, automatic defragmentation of your hard drives is enabled by default, so you probably won't need to do it manually. Unless you're still running Windows XP (which is outdated and vulnerable to new hacker attacks).
In the "Hard Disk Tools\Defrag" folder, you will find a single program called "Defraggler" which was created by Piriform.
This is what Defraggler looks like.
In the "Hard Disk Tools\Diagnostic" folder of the start menu of "Hiren's BootCD PE", you will find several programs to test your hard disk :
HDTune is software used by several hardware test sites to compare different brands and models of hard drives.
As you can see below, HDTune allows you to :
WD Data Lifeguard Diagnostics (DLGDIAG) is a free program created by Western Digital that allows you to :
In the "Hard Disk Tools\Disk Explorer" folder of the start menu of "Hiren's BootCD PE", you will find several programs allowing you to explore your hard disks in depth and even to view their partition table.
Warning : don't do anything with these programs, as you could corrupt all the data on your hard drive.
In the "Hard Disk Tools\Imaging" folder of the "Hiren's BootCD PE" start menu, you will find several programs :
Among the programs available, the most reliable is Acronis True Image 2018 which is now integrated into this live CD, unlike the old version of this live CD where it had to be integrated manually if you wanted to use it.
As previously stated, this is of course the trial version of Acronis True Image 2018 and not its full version.
In the "Hard Disk Tools\Partition Tools" folder of the "Hiren's BootCD PE" start menu, you will find several programs for managing partitions :
In the "Hard Disk Tools\Security" folder of the "Hiren's BootCD PE" start menu, you will find a "HDD Low Level Format Tool" program which, as its name suggests, allows you to perform a low level format on a disk hard.
Historically, low-level formatting was done only once at the factory by the hard drive manufacturer to initialize the tracks, write the sector numbers, ...
However, this term no longer means the same thing.
This is because low-level formatting currently allows a hard drive to be completely erased, including the boot sector of a hard drive.
What makes it possible to erase with certainty a virus would have been lodged outside the partitions to resist the various traditional formatting of your partitions.
Source : How Do I Low-Level Format a SATA or ATA (IDE) Hard Drive? - Seagate
In the "Network" folder of the "Hiren's BootCD PE" start menu, you will find :
In the "Other Tools" folder of the "Hiren's BootCD PE" start menu, you will find :
As mentioned before, 7-Zip File Manager is a file explorer which also makes it very easy to view the contents of compressed files.
Notepad++ is a text editor offering syntax highlighting. This makes it convenient for viewing or editing source codes of programs or websites.
In the "Removable Drive Tools" folder of the "Hiren's BootCD PE" start menu, you will find 2 known programs :
CDBurnerXP is a free and known burning software that allows you to burn data, videos, music, the contents of an iso file, ... to a CD or DVD.
If necessary, refer to our "Burn a CD/DVD" tutorial.
Rufus is a free, fast, and super lightweight software that allows you to create a bootable USB key from any bootable iso file.
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