Freeware Utilities

Files and Folders Freeware Utilities

Add a comment field for file/folders

What is HobComment XP Shell Extension? It's a little extension for your Microsoft Explorer. It permits you to add a new column displaying the comments for each one of your files and directories. (This feature is already contained in Windows 2000 but not in Windows XP anymore). This freeware is a beta version.
Add a comment field for file/folders: HobComment XP Shell Extension

Access files remotely

At some point you probably noticed you have more and more of your life on your computer. That's when you realize that you need a way to get to your stuff, no matter where you are, anytime, anywhere. Avvenu is the direct route to your stuff. It gives you remote access to your computer via your cell phone, PDA, even someone else's computer. And this route is open to friends too, whenever you choose to share your files, music, photos, video, whatever. You can set up Avvenu in a couple of minutes and it's there whenever you need it. It's instant gratification without aggravation.
Access files remotely: Avvenu

Archive (zip) files

IZArc is the ultimate archive utility supports many archive formats like: 7-ZIP, A, ACE, ARC, ARJ, B64, BH, BIN, BZ2, BZA, C2D, CAB, CDI, CPIO, DEB, ENC, GCA, GZ, GZA, HA, IMG, ISO, JAR, LHA, LIB, LZH, MDF, MBF, MIM, NRG, PAK, PDI, PK3, RAR, RPM, TAR, TAZ, TBZ, TGZ, TZ, UUE, WAR, XXE, YZ1, Z, ZIP, ZOO. With a modern easy-to-use interface, IZArc provides support for most compressed and encoded files, as well as access to many powerful features and tools. It allows you to drag and drop files from and to Windows Explorer, create and extract archives directly in Windows Explorer, create multiple archives spanning disks, creating self-extracting archives, repair damaged zip archives, converting from one archive type to another, view and write comments and many more. IZArc has also build-in multilanguage support.
Archive (zip) files: IZArc

ZipGenius is the absolutely free software for WindowsR that lets you compress files to almost any kind of archive. ZipGenius supports more than 20 compressed archive formats, including CD/DVD-ROM image files in ISO9660 standard. This is the file compression suite you were searching for: it is free and easy to use, plus it supports more than 20 formats of compressed archives, including RAR, ARJ, ACE, CAB, SQX, documents and the excellent 7-zip. ZipGenius now can precompress executable files going to be added to a ZIP archive through the UPX compressor.
Archive (zip) files: ZipGenius

Backup files and folders

Automatically backup files, directories, even entire drives! Karen's Replicator copies selected files from one drive/folder to another. Source and Destination folders can reside anywhere on your network. Options include repeated copies at intervals as short as a few minutes, or as long as several months, copy only files that have changed, and the replication of file deletions.
Backup files and folders: Replicator

Backup/mirror a folder on another drive

Use the brand new Fast Backup and Smart Sync options.
Backup/mirror a folder on another drive: SyncBack

Change file-date on multiple files

The FileDate Changer utility allows you to easily change the Created/Modified/Accessed dates of one or more files. You can use this utility in all 32-bit Operating systems (Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP) with Internet Explorer version 3.0 or above.
Change file-date on multiple files: FileDate Changer

This utility for Windows NT/2k/XP can be used to modify time stamps of files and directories. You can either run ntouch from the command line and specify the files to be modified as separate arguments (with wildcards), or you can add files and directories using drag & drop from Explorer.
Change file-date on multiple files: ntouch

Change the folder icon

The NirExt utility add 3 useful context menu extensions to your Windows Explorer environment:
Folder Properties: This option is available in the context menu when you right-click on a folder in your file system. Advanced Run: This option is available in the context menu when you right-click on an executable file (*.EXE). Create Shortcut+: This option is available in the context menu when you right-click on any file in your system.
Change the folder icon: NirExt

Compare two text files and find difference or merge them

WinMerge is an Open Source visual text file differencing and merging tool for Win32 platforms. It is highly useful for determing what has changed between project versions, and then merging changes between versions. Features:
Visual differencing and merging of text files
Flexible editor with syntax highlighting, line numbers and word-wrap
Handles DOS, UNIX and MAC text file formats
Unicode support
Difference pane shows current difference in two vertical panes
Location pane shows map of files compared
Highlights differences inside the lines and more...
Compare two text files and find difference or merge them: WinMerge

Completely wipe/delete a file

SuperShredder gives you the ability to delete files using not only common methods such as Gutmann and NISPOM (DoD), but can be completely customized to give you all the security and/or performance you may need. It can receive files via drag-and-drop onto the application or the icon, selecting files from inside the program, command line, and can even add a shortcut to your 'Send To' menu inside the Windows Explorer so it's simple to delete files in a secure and convenient fashion.
Completely wipe/delete a file: SuperShredder

Create a self-extracting (.exe) compressed files archive for a list of files

Funduc Software ZIP Extractor allows you to create " archives" that are run as an.exe. The Funduc Software ZIP Extractor allows you to share your zips with other users who might not have unZIP software installed on their machine. Please see the FS Zip Extractor page for more information.
Create a self-extracting (.exe) compressed files archive for a list of files: ZIP Extractor

Create an encrypted archive

BCArchive software is designed to compress group of files or folders into an encrypted archive (i.e. a single compressed file). BCArchive uses well-known symmetric and public/secret key encryption algorithms. It conforms to standards and specifications widely used in public/secret key technology. BCArchive has a special set of commands allowing encrypted data to be sent by e-mail as easy as possible. With BCArchive you can compress and encrypt data to self-extracting executable program. You (or your recipient) can run the program and extract the data even on a computer where BCArchive is not installed.
Create an encrypted archive: BCArchive

Display all shared folders

It's a very simple tool for displaying all your Shared Folders. A simple Double Click on a folder opens it in a separate window.
Display all shared folders: GoTo Shared

Display size/space of folders on a drive

Standard treemaps often lead to thin rectangles. We have developed a new method to display files: Squarified treemaps. The screen is subdivided such that rectangles approach squares as closely as possible.
Display size/space of folders on a drive: SequoiaView

SpaceMonger is a tool for keeping track of the free space on your computer. Each file or folder on a given drive is displayed in a box in the main window whose size is a relative comparison to all the other files in your system.
Display size/space of folders on a drive: SpaceMonger

TreeSize Free tells you where precious space has gone to. TreeSize Free can be started from the context menu of a folder or drive and shows you the size of this folder, including its subfolders. You can expand this folder in Explorer-like style and you will see the size of every subfolder. Scanning is done in a thread, so you can already see results while TreeSize Free is working. The space, which is wasted by the file system can be displayed and the results can be printed in a report.
Display size/space of folders on a drive: TreeSize Free

Find/delete duplicate files

DoubleKiller is a fast and easy to use application for finding and removing duplicate files. Features:
- Scans directories, complete drives or computers in your Network Neighborhood for duplicate files
- Freely combinable comparison criteria (file name, size, date and content)
- You can exclude files based on their name, file type, attributes or size
- Presents a list of all identical files so you can decide which ones to remove
- Deletes the files you chose or moves them to another directory
- Allows to export the result list to a text file.
Find/delete duplicate files: DoubleKiller

Identify a file

TRIDNet is the GUI version of TrID, probably more practical to use than the CLI version, especially for those not very familiar with the command line prompt. In addition, with a simple double click, it have the ability to display a series of information about every match listed: the definition's file name, its author & e-mail address (if provided), a clickable link to a reference URL, remarks, etc.
Identify a file: TrIDNet - File Identifier

Keep two folders in synch

SyncToy 1.4 for Windows Vista is available as a free download from the Microsoft Download Center. The easy to use, customizable application helps you copy, move, rename, and delete files between folders and computers.
Keep two folders in synch: SyncToy for Windows XP by Microsoft

List all files in a directory/folder in a text file

FileList is a command line utility that produces a list of files of the given path in the CSV format, which can be imported in a spreadsheet or database. The list includes the file name, the size, the path, the file extension, the owner of the file (only Windows NT/2000/XP) as well as the last access and change date and the creation date of the file. Optionally the author of MS Office documents can be displayed.
List all files in a directory/folder in a text file: FileList

List all files in a directory/folder in a text/html file

Directory Lister lets you list all or selected (like mp3 songs) files you have in selected directories on your hard disk, cd-rom, floppy and wherever you want into text or html file. It is a freeware program, so you can give it to anybody at no price. You can:
choose which items you want to list - subdirs, size, date, time, attributes, directory names, directory size, full path, crc32 value
choose the width of these fields,
choose which directories you want to include,
choose if you want a text file or html file,
choose sort options,
choose mask for filenames, for example, you can list all your mp3 files you have using *.mp3 mask,
generate listing for each processed directory,
load and save your settings,
list files from command line (for FTP owners).
List all files in a directory/folder in a text/html file: Directory Lister

Locate a file on the hard drive

This program saves names of all files in your hard drives to file database. After that you can locate files. Very fast. This program works like updatedb and locate in Unix systems. Win32 based locating program also included. Program works with Windows 98/ME/NT4/2000/XP.
Locate a file on the hard drive: Locate32

Open subfolders of a folder with a right-click

Open Subfolder is a contextual menu extension for Mac OS and Windows which adds the ability to open a folder located inside of the currently selected folder.
Open subfolders of a folder with a right-click: Open Subfolder

Perform muliple operations on files/folders

Drag and Drop Shell Robot is a utility to help power users easily peform operations on large numbers of files and folders. You can create any number of configuration files by specifying a target application and various commandline parameters or options. To use the program, you simply select a configuration file and drag & drop files and folders onto the queue window, and click Start. Then sit back while the operation proceeds through your files. You can also export commands to a batch file instead of immediate operation.
Perform muliple operations on files/folders: Drag and Drop Shell Robot

Print the directory/folder tree list (and optionally, file list)

YourDir is used to print Windows directory/folders structure and optionally file listing. It can also create Jpeg file of a directory/folders structure.
Print the directory/folder tree list (and optionally, file list): YourDir

Print the list of files in a folder

Handy utility to print or save a list of files located in any folder. Right-click any folder in Windows Explorer and select "PrintFolder" in the popup menu.
Print the list of files in a folder: PrintFolder

Rename files (command line)

Renamer is a command-line utility that allows you to perform mass renaming of files based on a UNIX-style regular expression.
Rename files (command line): Renamer

Rename multiple files

Lupas Rename is a FREEWARE program developed to rename a big number of files. It works on Win95, Win98, WinME, WinNT, Win2K and WinXP. It is a simple.EXE file and doesn't need any other external libraries. Here are a few features to help you rename the files:
Rename files and folders
Rename files in recursive subdirectories
Shell Integration (right click on a folder in the explorer to start LupasRename on these folder)
Instant Preview (Optional)
Undo the last rename operation
Make a Batch file to rename from a DOS Console
Make a Batch file for UNDO operation from a DOS Console
Save and Load your options into an INI File
Filter by any masks: *.mp3;*.mp2 or???a*.txt...
And much more...
Rename multiple files: Lupas Rename

The Renamer takes and enhances the idea of editing files in directory in a full featured Text editor and then writing all the changes at once into the files. It works simple: Open Renamer, select directory and the files will appear in the File Name Editor which is a normal full featured text editor with some additional changes (f.e. you can't add or delete line). You can use all the editor functions like Quick find, Replace, multiple Undo/Redo, Macros and of course normal editing. Each file is on a new line and can easily move with arrows like in a normal text.
Rename multiple files: Oscar's File Renamer

THE Rename 2.1.6 (dated of february 2004) is a donationware program designed to help you to rename files and folders en masse with a number of possibilities and options. This is a freeware program. You can use it in any situation (professional and personal use).
Rename multiple files: THE Rename

Rename multiple files easily

Rename Master is a FREE utility for renaming large groups of files with a few clicks. Anyone that has worked with websites, file archives, or collections of music, videos, or pictures has probably spent way too much time renaming hundreds of files. This utility will add, remove, or replace parts of the filename with ease and also supports renaming via file properties, MP3 tags, JPEG JFIF and EXIF tags. Batch renaming that's simple to use, yet still very powerful.
Rename multiple files easily: Rename Master

Rename multiple files in one click

A file/folder renaming utility, which can use Wildcard or Regular-Expression and Tag-information (MP3, EXIF).
Rename multiple files in one click: Flexible Renamer

Search file/text on the computer

Fast - Easily search your entire hard drive in less than a second to pinpoint the right file, email, music or picture. Fresh - New and updated files and new emails are indexed the instant they arrive on your hard drive. Ultra-Light - Utilizes CPU, memory, and disk space efficiently to ensure continued high levels of system performance. Easy to Use - Simply type words into the deskbar, and CDS finds all relevant documents in an instant.
Search file/text on the computer: Copernic Desktop Search

Quickly search your computer for emails, web history, and files
View news, photos and more anywhere on your desktop
Add Google Gadgets to customize your desktop and Sidebar.
Search file/text on the computer: Google Desktop

Find it fast with the power of Yahoo! Search
Find anything on your computer
Search your instant messages from Yahoo! Messenger
View results instantaneously - as fast as you can type
Protect your privacy with easy search controls
Find information related to your desktop content.
Search file/text on the computer: Yahoo! Desktop Search

Search text (regular expressions) in multiple files/folders

Agent Ransack is a free tool for finding files and information on your hard drive fast and efficiently. When searching the contents of files Agent Ransack displays the text found so you can quickly browse the results without having to separately open each file! Agent Ransack provides compelling advantages over similar search tools:
Regular expressions that allow complex rule based searches.
Immediate contents results view.
Various wizards to walk the user through the searching process.
Search text (regular expressions) in multiple files/folders: Agent Ransack

Search and replace text in multiple files

When specifying which files to be included in a particular replace operation, you can add one file at a time, or you can tell ReplaceEm to use all the files from a particular folder -- or the files from that folder that match a given file filter (such as *.txt or *.html). You can even specify to include all files that don't match a particular filter. Additionally, you can decide to include the files from all subfolders of that folder. One very powerful feature of ReplaceEm is that you can specify that the destination of the altered file be some other location than where it originally came from. This is handy, for instance, if you want to have some search-replace operations performed on a particular file and have it saved to a destination file, and then want to have different search-replace operations performed on the same file, and have it saved to a different location. Another powerful ability of ReplaceEm is to make use of regular expression search-replace operations, as well as range search-replace operations.
Search and replace text in multiple files: ReplaceEm

Replace text in multiple files in a single operation. Make backup copies of your original files, select case sensitive or insensitive searches, or choose between replacing whole or partial text strings.
Search and replace text in multiple files: TexRep 2.0

Securely delete a file so it can never be recovered

The only way to ensure that deleted files, as well as files that you encrypt with EFS, are safe from recovery is to use a secure delete application. Secure delete applications overwrite a deleted file's on-disk data using techiques that are shown to make disk data unrecoverable, even using recovery technology that can read patterns in magnetic media that reveal weakly deleted files. SDelete (Secure Delete) is such an application. You can use SDelete both to securely delete existing files, as well as to securely erase any file data that exists in the unallocated portions of a disk (including files that you have already deleted or encrypted).
Securely delete a file so it can never be recovered: SDelete from SysInternals

Share a folder with friends/private network

FolderShare allows you to create a private peer-to-peer network that will help you to synchronize files across multiple devices and access or share files with colleagues and friends. You no longer need to send large files via email, burn them to CDs/DVDs and mail them, or upload them to a website. FolderShare allows you to share and sync important information instantly with anyone you invite, making it the perfect solution for personal or small business use.
Share a folder with friends/private network: FolderShare

Split a large file into smaller parts

HJSplit supports many platforms (Windows 3.x/95/98/ME/2000/NT/XP, DOS, Amiga, Java, etc.). All versions are compatible with each other and allow you to exchange files between these different platforms. E.g. a file split on the Amiga can be joined on Windows 2000 and vice versa.
Split a large file into smaller parts: HJ-Split

Un-erase that file

There is only one free file recovery software that I know that can read from FAT16, FAT32, and NTFS file systems (all Windows Operating Systems), PC Inspector File Recovery. It is very easy to use. Basically, you select a drive that has your deleted file and just search for it in the deleted directory tree. It displays each deleted file on the hard drive and the condition that it is in. All conditions other than good mean that there is not enough data to completely recover the file.
Un-erase that file: PC Inspector File Recovery

Undelete that file

FreeUndelete is a freeware data recovery program for deleted files. In case of accidental deletion of files on a NTFS (used by default in Windows XP, 2000 and NT), FAT32 or FAT16 file systems FreeUndelete is the utility to help.
Undelete that file: FreeUndelete

Undelete that file just recycled

Restore files which are deleted from the recycle bin or deleted while holding down the Shift key by mistake. Conversely, this program has another function that makes it almost impossible to restore all deleted files. You can use it after deletion of confidential documents, embarrassing files and so on.
Undelete that file just recycled: Restoration

Upload/download using FTP

SmartFTP is an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client which allows you to transfer files between your local computer and a server on the Internet. With its many basic and advanced features SmartFTP also offers secure, reliable and efficient transfers that make it a powerful tool.
Upload/download using FTP: SmartFTP

Upload/download using TFTP

We provide several Free tools to help alleviate some of the day-to-day challenges network engineers face such as uploading and downloading executable images and configurations to devices, computing information about IP addresses and remotely powering on network PCs to retrieve documents. These free tools include TFTP Server, Subnet Calculator and Wake-On-LAN.
Upload/download using TFTP: TFTP Server from SolarWinds

Use GMail to store some files

GMail Drive is a Shell Namespace Extension that creates a virtual filesystem around your Google Gmail account, allowing you to use Gmail as a storage medium. GMail Drive creates a virtual filesystem on top of your Google Gmail account and enables you to save and retrieve files stored on your Gmail account directly from inside Windows Explorer. GMail Drive literally adds a new drive to your computer under the My Computer folder, where you can create new folders, copy and drag'n'drop files to.
Use GMail to store some files: GMail Drive

View all text files in a folder

Textview is a handy software program to quickly review large collections of text files, like i.e. CD-ROMs full of source codes or extensive web-projects with many html-, java- and other scripts.
View all text files in a folder: Textview