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HDClone Free 6.0.5

Create a physical copy of your hard drive with the absolute minimum of hassle

by Mike Williams

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License: Free, for personal-use only
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 03 September 2015
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HDClone Free 6.0.5
Create a physical copy of your hard drive

HDClone is a straightforward tool that makes it easy to create a copy of any ATA, SATA or USB drive.

It's an ideal choice for migrating your current Windows installation to a faster, larger hard drive. HDClone will automatically expand your partitions to take advantage of any extra capacity.

The program could also be used as a simple backup tool. Rather than save just a few selected files and folders, buy a spare hard drive (even terabyte models are cheap these days) and you'll be able to back up everything.

And the HDClone download also includes an ISO file with a stand-alone version of the program. If your PC won't start, then you can use the bootable version either to restore a backup, or try to salvage at least some data from a damaged hard drive.

While HDClone Free Edition works just fine for simple backups, it does have several restrictions over the commercial versions. There's no support for copying SCSI, Firewire or dynamic drives, for instance. Copying speeds are capped to a maximum of 1.0GB per minute, and it's missing a number of other performance and image-related features. Check the HDClone website for more information.

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A simple but effective hard drive copy tool. Watch out for those Free Edition restrictions, though

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Posted by: Shyam Reddy, 28 December 2011 16:05

Have used once to clone my linux drive and was successful. This is fairly easy to use and quite effective. Great piece of freeware! Thanks to the author.

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Spektrel Art 1.0.0

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Spektrel Art is a stand-alone program and Photoshop plugin which transforms digital photos into "magical art that glimmers and gleams with intersecting lines of tapered light".

What does that mean? Essentially it applies a configurable mix of effects, enhancing edges, smoothing backgrounds and emphasizing colours. Take a look at the thumbnail for one example, and the official product page has more.

Spektral Art works much like any similar tool. Open an image, click one of the thumbnails to apply a particular preset, or click a few buttons and drag some sliders to fine-tune the results.

There's surprising scope for variation, too. For example, just switching from the "Light" to "Dark" theme can transform a bright and friendly image into something dark and sinister, at least in some cases (results vary depending on the source image).

Please note, the demo version doesn't allow images to be saved.

SPECIAL OFFER: as we write, the developer is offering Spektral Art for free. The offer expires August 29th. Please note that you must provide your name, address and phone number to receive your free license.

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