Friday, April 20, 2012

BleachBit: the real HDD cleaning agent

I am happy with the lightning speed of SSD however suffer at the same time with the tiny space on SSD. SSD is still super expensive compare to the conventional (magnetic) harddisk. I have the quick check on Amazon just now and found out Cricial 128GB SSD (US$146.34) is much more expensive than Seagate 750GB (US$105.65), with both are 2.5 inch.

Due to the tiny diskspace on SSD, I have always watch out the stuffs I store on this SSD, and disk cleaning is become household chores (hate it but have to do it!). However "Disk Cleanup" which come with all Windows is one heck of useless software. It can clean up some of the junk, but most of the junk still remain as it is, hiding somewhere in the harddisk.

Today I bump into BleachBit, this guy really do what it is called, bleach!

BleachBit on Outdated Penang Uncle blogspot dot com

Not only Windows OS's junks, it can also clean up junks from:
  • Adobe Reader
  • FireFox
  • Google Chrome
  • IE
  • Java
  • MS Office
  • Paint
  • Silverlight
  • VLC media player
  • Windows explorer
  • Winzip
  • Wordpad
  • etc, whichever it can find in your HD. (The author claimed that the list is 780+ apps for Windows)
It can also shred files, directory and free space. Shred free space is a really important things to do before sending your computer to repair shop. Because delete file and flush it in recycle bins does not really get rid of it. I have posted methods to retrieved deleted files:

BleachBit is available for Linux and Windows.And it is portable, in 56 languages.
Best of all, it is free!

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