External Hard Drives

PDF Viewer Plus 1.2.3.0

View and browse PDF documents stored on your system's hard drive or an external drive

PRO: Helpful zooming feature for full browsing
CON: Limited amount of options available
Vote: 4.0/10 (3 votes) Platform: Windows

Free External Hard Drive Data Recovery 9.0

Utility to recover files from removable media

PRO: Retrieves files well
CON: Upgrading requires another download and installation
Vote: 8.0/10 (19 votes) Platform: Windows

Hard Drive Eraser 2.0

A program for Windows that can completely wipe the contents off of a hard driveĀ 

PRO: Asks for confirmation twice
CON: Partitions are listed as separate drives, which may be confusing
Vote: 5.2/10 (24 votes) Platform: Windows

AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition 8.9

Simple utility for managing hard drives and hard drive data partitions

Vote: 7.0/10 (2 votes) Platform: Windows

R-Drive Image 6.0 build 6012

A program for Windows that can create a recovery drive image for external device storageĀ 

PRO: Cheaper and simpler than Norton
CON: Interface is basic
Vote: 9.7/10 (4 votes) Platform: Windows

HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool 2.2.3

Excellent freeware that cleans thumb drives and creates boot drives

… operating systems, but it works with most flash drives, external hard drives, and disks too. When you plug …

PRO: The GUI is very familiar because it looks just like the Windows XP formatting tool
CON: It is not very fast compared to modern formatting tools
Vote: 6.6/10 (151 votes) Platform: Windows

Hard Drive ScanDisk Pro 1.0

Storage that is faster than traditional drives

Vote: 6.0/10 (51 votes) Platform: Windows

Hard Disk Sentinel 4.71

Hard drive optimization and anti-decay program with many report options

PRO: Constant monitoring services guarantee early detection and prevention
CON: This system is not meant to detect common issues such as viruses
Vote: 6.8/10 (16 votes) Platform: Windows

Hetman Partition Recovery 3.0

Great tool that mends bad sections on a variety of drives

… that if it happened once, it will never happen again. Backing up your files in the cloud or on an external hard drive

PRO: Clearly marks recovered files
CON: Total novices may still be overwhelmed
Vote: 7.8/10 (58 votes) Platform: Windows

Any Drive Formatter Beta 2.0.6

A quick tool for formatting any type of hard drive

PRO: Quick formatting process
CON: Cannot customize
Vote: 6.3/10 (31 votes) Platform: Windows