| By Fred Langa |
My search for the best disk-cleanup program has uncovered some that aren’t worth the time and effort, let alone paying a registration fee.
One of the utilities I tried even left more unnecessary files on my drive than were there before I ran the program!
In search of the perfect disk-cleaning utility
My last two columns on Mar. 13 and Mar. 27 showed you how to create a free, highly customizable, and automated cleanup tool using Windows’ built-in features and functions.
My do-it-yourself (DIY) tool can actually clean your hard drive much, much more thoroughly than Windows’ default cleanup tools and settings. But crafting the tool takes some time and tinkering.
My DIY approach uses commands that delete files without making it easy to restore them using Windows’ built-in Recycle Bin, if need be. Also, these commands are character-based and don’t offer a graphical user interface (GUI). So, I went searching for the best GUI-based program that supports the recovery of any files it deletes.
To winnow the candidates to a manageable size, I added a further stipulation that the tool should either be free or at least offer a fully functional free trial.