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I remember I read an article about how to reclaim your so called hidden partition space and I also remember the procedures are quite troublesome. I don't think that small amount of space worth the effort.

plan a better HDD partitioning scheme (assuming you don't use a SSD).

I've been trying to work out the last part of the comment, why do you make a distinction for SSD's?
-pilgrim-online (April 01, 2013, 04:49 AM)
1. SSD has negligible seek time.
2. You can not defrag a SSD.

Btw, I have 2 SSD, 2 (permanent) + 1 (optional plug/unplug by HDD drawer) HDDs running on my PC.
I own a license of PerfectDisk, but have given up regular storage defragmentation since long time ago.

Disk space has never been an issue to me in relation to the registry and I do not know what you consider to be the 'practical implications'.

You are right when you refer to how it 'feels', I know a lot of people are very much against registry cleaners and I would not try to change their minds.
I also know that you can do a lot of damage with them, some more than others.

My personal view is that provided you make backups, I use ERUNT, and get to learn what you can and cannot do with a particular program you should not have any problems.

Do they actually make a difference?
On XP my answer would be yes, especially over a period of time.
On 7?
Certainly not as much but then again on the computer I have 7 installed on it would probably take quite a lot to slow it down compared to those I have XP on.

I also defrag the registries once a month, on XP that makes a very noticeable difference (on XP Mode as well), again not noticeably on 7.

I have followed this practice for years, using the same programs for most of that time, and never had a problem because of it.
Would I advise others to do the same?
Not unless they knew what they were doing and were prepared to take the time that I did to test whatever program they chose to use, as well as taking adequate precautions against the possibility of problems.
-pilgrim-online (March 30, 2013, 09:51 AM)

I suppose, many don't buy into it because the performance/space gain by registry cleaning/defrag does not justify the cost in doing so.

For me, I rather upgrade my hardware, uninstall programs that I really don't need or plan a better HDD partitioning scheme (assuming you don't use a SSD).

Ah! and congratulation to Stephen66515, you have found a good crap!

Tinman57: I'd agree with that back in the Win9x days - not so for NT. I honestly can't recall a "registry cleanup" having effect on speed ever since I moved to Win2k, and with a (granted, somewhat superficial) idea of the on-disk and in-memory data structures used for the registry hives, as well as caching optimizations done, I can't see why it would, either.

Now, there might be some specific situations that can be fixed which could cause slowdowns (references to network shares, system startup items that can be removed, et cetera) - but for a normal system, I'd be surprised to see any quantifiable performance effect just by removing "unused" registry keys/values. And some of the "clean up" too much for their own good.

Come on man. Let's say I am itchy and got nothing better to do and try few dozen of utilities on my Win7 directly. I play a while with them then simply uninstall them from the Window's remove program list. You should know, I probably will have quite an amount of rubbish left on my HDD and the registry... hehe...

General Software Discussion / Re: Folder protection
« on: March 30, 2013, 02:06 AM »
Took a quick sweep over their feature-list, and it seems like a somewhat mixed bunch - I'm not too thrilled seeing a file/free-space wiper being combined with anything else, since it might give the impression those "other things" will also be secure wiped (i.e. IE history, removed registry keys, ...) which I kinda doubt. But I guess it makes sense from a marketing view :)
No, I am not specially impressed by those wiping functions.
I am saying it is a seriously done program. Try it, you won't regret.
I know what kind of user you are and I believe you will like it.
The only thing odd is their support policy, but imagine I have tried other programs like Total Privacy, CCleaner etc. I just keep going back to it...

I particularly like the details (what will be wiped) that it presents to user
and it it really has taught me quite some areas that otherwise I won't know Windows leaves traces.

Ah! I just recall this, it also allows me to create my own wipe list and multiple setup of wiping schemes (see the top right area) of the below

The only problem is, actually it is a universal problem to computer world, as at this minute of writing, there isn't any utility that can wipe SSD on a per file basic. It just can't be done... sigh!

General Software Discussion / Re: Folder protection
« on: March 29, 2013, 07:48 PM »
For me the most missing feature on a ram drive software is 'Allow multiple ram drives'. The one I use doesn't offer this.

You know why I can remember the freeware I just mention? Because I use one of the r-tools company product, their R-Wipe&Clean. Man, you should try that, they are very serious in their product. Compare to R-Wipe&Clean many other competitors looks just like toys.

General Software Discussion / Re: Folder protection
« on: March 29, 2013, 07:08 PM »
Hi f0dder,

Is the SoftPerfect Ramdrive actually install like a drive/device, I mean like when we install a physical drive where all inf file is involved. Or it just run like a program which create a virtual drive after windows bootup.

Ya, I have to admit the one I am using is really poor at the way they publish their product. They even take the trouble to deliver program on a per user basic. I mean if I leak my copy to the public, because of each copy has a unique blueprint, I couldn't deny my fault...

However the program works and is very stable, I have been using it for quite some years, if my memory serves me right, I have used it since XP time. The author also is quite responsive when I write him for help.

You have convinced me, I will try TrueCrypt. I find myself always a bit stingy in giving up another drive no.  Currently I have 14 drive number used up and each one has it special meaning to me. e.g. R for RamDrive, V for Virtual drive, B for Backup. In fact I know another similar freeware (for home use) long ago, but I don't know how good it is compare to TrueCrypt.

General Software Discussion / Re: Folder protection
« on: March 29, 2013, 05:56 PM »
OK, that gives some protection against the residual plaintext problem. But are you sure your RamDrive product uses nonpageable memory? Otherwise you might be (slightly - depending on ramdisk size) increasing the risk of residue in the pagefile.
I am not knowledgeable enough to see whether the ram drive memory is subjected to Windows paging system, but I can show you this:

Now, #2 is questionable practice, but #3 by itself is enough that I'd recommend people to stay the heck away from this program. It's insecure design, and if something as basic as this isn't done right, one has to guess what else isn't in order.
Man... you have scared me...

General Software Discussion / Re: Folder protection
« on: March 29, 2013, 04:36 PM »
I think I come across another software site similar to the Folder Protect (the name of the program is also similar) the other day when I create my initial post in this forum.

The biggest problem I have on both is I can't clearly understand the actual difference between several different products they both offer. I don't even bother to try because I simply have no idea which one is my real interest.

The web sites should have provided a product comparison table and explain the difference...

General Software Discussion / Re: Folder protection
« on: March 29, 2013, 04:29 PM »
What I am currently doing is to temporarily place a confidential file which is yet to be encrypted on a Ram Drive and when I am done with my work on that file, I move it into my confidential.rar

I do the above because when my machine is off, I don't even need to worry about temp file left by program or whatsoever.

General Software Discussion / Re: Folder protection
« on: March 29, 2013, 04:17 PM »
I just browse through the folder protect program mentioned by dr_andus on their web site, it seems that the program is doing encryption and decryption on-the-fly and not simply a block to the access of the folder.

I just wonder what happen if I add a folder protected by Folder Protect to my Outpost firewall files & folder locks section. Could there be a crash when both program are attempting to take their control over the same folder, may be I should try that.

General Software Discussion / Re: Folder protection
« on: March 29, 2013, 04:11 PM »
Afaik RAR uses AES256 encryption - if you use a strong passphrase, the RAR archive should be safe enough (given that they haven't made any stupid security bloopers). This workflow means that you'll be extracting the files temporarily, working on them, and RAR'ing them back up - that would make the data very easy to retrieve if somebody stole the machine or its harddrive.

I assume you mean that someone that stole the machine will try to look for decrypted temp files left by program(s)that work on a decrypted copy of my confidential files, am I right?
I have been think the same thing, may be I can create a temp folder for all those programs and had that temp folder wiped by a wiping utility periodically.

General Software Discussion / Re: Folder protection
« on: March 29, 2013, 03:30 PM »
I know this isn't what you want to hear, but: use TrueCrypt or don't bother at all.

Pretty much anything else won't be anything but a false sense of security. And if you only want a half-hearted solution, why bother doing anything at all? :)

Absolutely agreed.

I really don't understand what both of you are trying to tell me?
Why don't elaborate about what you really think?

Sincerely, I won't mind even if you tell me that my intention is stupid.

Treat me a newbie and tell me  whatever you think I should be aware in term of keeping something confidential on my PC (which of course is linked to the outside world with internet)

General Software Discussion / Re: Folder protection
« on: March 29, 2013, 03:15 PM »
Thanks dr_andus, I am interested in that.

General Software Discussion / Re: Folder protection
« on: March 29, 2013, 03:13 PM »
Pretty much anything else won't be anything but a false sense of security. And if you only want a half-hearted solution, why bother doing anything at all? :)

Currently, my confidential data files are encrypted in a WinRAR file. Let's say someone stole it, it is really that easy to decrypt it? I mean, no matter what password I use?

General Software Discussion / Folder protection
« on: March 22, 2013, 05:46 PM »

I have some confidential data which I need to store in a folder.
I am aware that there are quite a number of utilities that help one to encrypt and protect data in a folder, but I am thinking of minimize my effort in looking for a good software to do the below:
1. Password-protect a folder from being access.
2. Auto-lock back folder after certain period of PC idle time.
3. The protected folder has to be a real folder so that I can further restrict access by my Outpost firewall. i.e. I can control what are the programs that will be allowed to access that folder and files inside it.

and I don't want
One that strictly required the encrypted storage to be a virtual drive. (Occupy a drive#), it ought to be a folder that I can easily work on with Total Commander once I unlock the protection with a right password.

So, I am here to ask for good recommendation, any suggestion will be very much appreciated.

I use HyperSnap for screen snapshot and Fraps for video capturing

General Software Discussion / Re: Keyboard shortcut of the day
« on: March 20, 2013, 09:28 AM »
WinKey+B for system tray access and navigation via the left/right arrows.
Man... why not you tell me this earlier...

General Software Discussion / Re: Keyboard shortcut of the day
« on: March 20, 2013, 09:25 AM »
Just discovered this last week:
Open Notepad, and hit F5.
It pops the time and date. 
You have successfully made me open notepad and try press F1 to F12... What a joke. ;D

General Software Discussion / Re: Problem with my Gmail account...
« on: March 15, 2013, 06:26 AM »
Hi nidusin,

You have solve me a big trouble, a BIG Thank to you!  :-* ;D :)

General Software Discussion / Problem with my Gmail account...
« on: March 14, 2013, 11:17 PM »
I change my Google account password, turn on my phone verification and then...
I can only access my GMail server through browser...

MS Outlook 2010 and MailWasher both fail to access (incoming server) and (Outgoing server)
The error was Bad username or password... man, I am sure I input them correctly.

This guy has the same problem but none of the clues in the discussion works for me

Has anyone come across the same problem as me? Any help?

I remember I was trying to input multiple paths to a project via a semi-colon delimited string but fail, I then have searched listary site for help on "project", again come up nothing...

A project is a keyword that limits Listary's search to a single drive / folder or a collection of folders.

Example: I like to search my music collection which is spread over 2 drives in 3 folders. I add an entry for each folder in the projects view and give them all the same keyword "mu" as an abbreviation of "music".

Then I search "mu jackson" to see only files and folders from my music collection (the 3 folders defined earlier) that contain the word jackson.
Where do you find the above info: use the same keyword to group entries?

Yeah, but I keep hoping that someone finds one!

I suppose hotkey is something you press so often until you can't forget.
If you need to recall what is the hotkey for something, then probably, you don't need one. (I mean just go for the pulldown menu option or toolbar button)

General Software Discussion / Re: upgrade to SSD
« on: March 09, 2013, 04:18 PM »
I have Genie Timeline as part of my tool stack, I want that story!
Well, start by reading here.
I have nice experience with Genie Timeline Pro and actually it has saved me many many times in the past two years.
I treat it as non-conventional type of backup utility, to me it is supposed to cater for folders that holds frequent change files that one can not afford to loss. The best part is the idea that you can track back in time and restore the right instance (or should I say right version?) of a file.

I highly recommend it to anyone who has frequently changed files to backup and better still if one needs backup of very detailed version (say as detail as up to 3 minutes interval).

Just remember:
1. Never hope to see a good UI in any of the Genie program.
2. The company always promotes their product (many times a year) by giving up to 50% discount. Wait for it or ask for it, I believe you will be granted the discount even in non promotion day.

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