updated 06:30 pm EDT, Tue September 23, 2008
Prosoft Engineering has released the latest version of its hard drive optimization software, DriveGenius 2.1. A new feature, DriveSlim, searches for duplicate files, removes them, and puts aliases in their places. Large files are located and presented for review. Extra unused language information is also targeted for deletion. Applications can also be trimmed to remove files that are only necessary for running on old systems.
DriveSlim allows users to back up the deleted files to a separate hard drive, CD, or DVD in case they are needed in the future. Drive Genius allows a disc to be defragmented by piecing files back together and opening up the free space into one block, allowing the drive to write and read more efficiently.
The software also has tools for repartitioning without formatting, drive recovery, volume cloning, integrity testing, benchmarking, secure erase, and more. Drive Genius 2.1 is available from Prosoft for $100.