Ashampoo HDD Control 2 v2.10 has been released! Warns of hard drive failures, resolves performance-related issues and removes unwanted data.
Changes and improvements on v2.10:
- Improved surface scan for large HDD
- Updated Internet Cleaner
- Fixed some minor problems
The Ashampoo HDD Control software performs hard disk maintenance for you. This involves taking measures to prevent potential failures and crashes before they occur. Towards this end, the program combines several functions available for the first time in this particular configuration.
The software supports all commonly available IDE and serial ATA drives. Please note, however, that devices connected to the system via USB, firewire or RAID controller often do not support this function. Based on the type of drive in use, Ashampoo HDD Control provides the user with all important facts and information, including the firmware version, number of configured partitions, drive space and current temperature. As the number of signs indicating that the drive could soon potentially fail begins to mount, the background guard signals an alarm. If you are not near your computer, the program can be set up to notify you of the alert by email. In the final report, the program also provides information on the health and performance of the hard drive shown in percentages.
Over time, an ever-growing number of unwanted and unneeded files accumulate on your hard drive and Ashampoo HDD Control is a useful tool to help you locate and delete these files. Temporary files, files in the recycling bin and backup copies are all removed. In addition, the software empties the cache, clears the browsing history and erases cookies from the Internet browser.
An empty space appears when you delete a file from your hard drive. This gap is then filled the next time a file is saved to disk. If not enough space is available to store the complete file in this space, it is broken up into fragments. Windows in turn saves these at different locations on the hard drive in order to make best use of the available gaps. For this reason, it is easy to understand why the computer takes longer to read the file, since it first of all needs to locate and assemble all the separate fragments. With its defragmentation module, Ashampoo HDD Control is able to read out file fragments and arrange these in one cluster on the hard drive to ensure rapid access. As a result, the hard drive needs to spin less while the performance remains unchanged. As an additional benefit, there is less demand placed on system resources.
Proactive defragmentation uses the time when you are not working to measure the level of disk fragmentation. If it needs to be defragmented, the process is started automatically.