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10 Portable Applications To Consider – Part 2

Flash drives can do more than just store files, they can also be used to run applications on any computer. Which is why I’ve decided to list 10 of my favorite portable applications.

The criteria used to select the applications is as follow:

  1. Free
  2. Requires no major modifications to run from Flash media
  3. Lightweight and small
  4. Useful and non-obstructive
  5. No major limitations

While not a complete list I’ve decided to list most of the applications in my Flash drive and give the list its own page http://linhost.info/usb-tools/. I will update the list as I find more useful software.


Teracopy Portable

Free utility designed to copy/move files faster and more secure. Can resume broken file transfers.

If you move data between two different location then this application is a must.

Download: Teracopy Portable

Photorec

PhotoRec is file data recovery software designed to recover lost files including video, documents and archives from hard disks, CD-ROMs, and lost pictures (thus the Photo Recovery name) from digital camera memory. PhotoRec ignores the file system and goes after the underlying data, so it will still work even if your media’s file system has been severely damaged or reformatted.

Capable of recovering most formatted data, I have personally use this application multiple times with great success.

Download: Photorec

Notepad++ Portable Edition

Notepad++ Portable Edition is the Notepad++ source code editor and notepad replacement packaged with an OTBSoft Launcher as a portable app, so you can take it with you on a USB drive, iPod, etc and use it on any computer.

The included Windows editor Notepad will not cut it in some situation which is why you should carry this great alternative text editor.

Download: Notepad++ Portable Edition

HeidiSQL

HeidiSQL is a lightweight, Windows based interface for MySQL databases. It enables you to browse and edit data, create and edit tables, views, procedures, triggers and scheduled events.

Download: HeidiSQL

Wget For Windows

GNU Wget is a free network utility to retrieve files from the World Wide Web using HTTP and FTP.

Mainly use it on third party computers to avoid having to use the web browser when all I have to download is just one file.

Download: Wget For Windows

USB Image Tool

USB Image Tool can create images of USB flash drives and MP3 players, that are mounted as USB drives. It allows you switch between images with different music styles on your MP3 Player or to make an exact backup image of your USB Stick.

For those of use who are constantly making changes to our portable drives, with this application now you can create an exact copy of a flash drive and restore it at a later time.

Download: USB Image Tool

Atto Disk Bench

Measure your storage systems performance with various transfer sizes and test lengths for reads and writes.

Will come in handy at some point.

Download: Atto Disk Bench

YUMI – Multiboot USB Creator

It can be used to create a Multiboot USB Flash Drive containing multiple operating systems, antivirus utilities, disc cloning, diagnostic tools, and more.

I tend to carry multiple flash drives with me, so it makes sense to have the tool that allows me install and boot from most operating system from a flash drive.

Download: YUMI – Multiboot USB Creator

Roadkil’s Unstoppable Copier

Recovers files from disks with physical damage. Allows you to copy files from disks with problems such as bad sectors, scratches or that just give errors when reading data. The program will attempt to recover every readable piece of a file and put the pieces together. Using this method most types of files can be made useable even if some parts of the file were not recoverable in the end.

Download: Roadkil’s Unstoppable Copier

Defraggler

Use Defraggler to defrag your entire hard drive, or individual files – unique in the industry. This compact and portable Windows application supports NTFS and FAT32 file systems.

Download: Defraggler

10 Portable Applications To Consider – Part 1

Flash drives can do more than just store files, they can also be used to run applications on any computer. Which is why I’ve decided to list 10 of my favorite portable applications.

The criteria used to select the applications is as follow:

  1. Free
  2. Requires no major modifications to run from Flash media
  3. Lightweight and small
  4. Useful and non-obstructive
  5. No major limitations

While not a complete list I’ve decided to list most of the applications in my Flash drive and give the list its own page http://linhost.info/usb-tools/. I will update the list as I find more useful software.


PeaZip

PeaZip is a free archiver, available as portable and installable software for Windows and Linux.
Create 7Z, ARC, BZ2, GZ, *PAQ, PEA, QUAD/BALZ, TAR, UPX, ZIP
Extract ACE, ARJ, CAB, DMG, ISO, LHA, RAR, UDF and many more file formats
PeaZip allows to create, convert and extract multiple archives at once, create self-extracting archives, bookmark archives and folders, apply powerful search filters, scan and open files with custom applications, apply strong encryption, split/join files, secure data deletion, calculate checksum and hash…

The perfect portable file archiver for when you need to open more that just ZIP. Useful because often I find myself in need to extract 7z archives and ISOs on other peoples computers.

Download: PeaZip

HouseCall

HouseCall is a free virus scanner offered by Trend Micro, which checks whether a computer has been infected by viruses, spyware, or other malware.

Easy to understand and simple to operate the perfect portable malware scanner, all it needs is an Internet connection to download the latest definitions and you are good to go.

Download: HouseCall

Foxit PDF Reader

Foxit PDF Reader is a small, fast, and feature rich PDF viewer for Microsoft Windows, which allows you to open, view, and print any PDF file.

Not all computers have Adobe PDF Reader installed by default and if you are like me then you probably have a million PDF docs.

Download: Foxit PDF Reader

LCISOCreator

LC ISO Creator creates ISO files from CD/DVD-ROM.

Good for making a quick backup of optical media, trust it will come in handy at some point.

Download: LCISOCreator

NTFSWalker

NTFSWalker is a simple, straightforward, and most importantly free utility for analyzing and “walking through” NTFS partitions on any media readable by your computer, including hard disks, memory cards, USB flash drives, and floppy disks. NTFSWalker takes you through the low-level structure of the file system, and lets you view deleted files, regular files, as well as detailed attributes for each file.

It will happen, you will find your self trying to recover a deleted file. Which is why you need NTFSWalker, a portable file recovery tool.

Download: NTFSWalker

WinSCP

WinSCP is an open source free SFTP client and FTP client for Windows. Legacy SCP protocol is also supported. Its main function is safe copying of files between a local and a remote computer.

Simple and portable makes for a winning combinition.

Download: WinSCP

Putty

An open source telnet and SSH Client for the Windows and Unix platforms.

Good for more than just remote administration, it can also be used to tunnel all of your traffic over OpenSSH aka “The Poor Man’s VPN”.

Download: Putty

SpaceSniffer

SpaceSniffer is a freeWare (donations are welcome) and portable tool application that lets you understand how folders and files are structured on your disks. By using a Treemap visualization layout, you have immediate perception of where big folders and files are placed on your devices.

The best visualization tool out there. It’s made even better by the fact that requires no installation.

Download: SpaceSniffer

Hash

Hash is a small GUI tool designed to perform MD5, SHA1and CRC32 hashing functions on a number of files. The file size and modified date is also optionally shown. Results displayed in the window can easily be copied to the Windows clipboard or saved to a text file. The program allows direct browsing of multiple files and files can also be dragged and dropped onto the window.

Simple application designed to compute MD5, SHA1 and CRC32 hashes.

Download: Hash.exe

CCleaner

CCleaner is our system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system – allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner.

You’ve probably heard of CCleaner before, but did you know that a portable version is also available.

Download: CCleaner