DiskBoss Free, a hard drive management tool

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 23, 2014

DiskBoss refers to a line of hard drive management tools. This review looks at the freeware version of DiskBoss which is limited in comparison to the paid versions. More about that later.

After you have installed DiskBoss on your Windows machine and started it up, you get a list of all drives connected to the system.

Each drive is displayed with its letter and name, type, file system, total, used and free space, its status, and a quick tools link

A double-click on a device displays the files and folders in an internal file browser which displays the full path and each folder separately so that you can switch easily.

There is a search available as well but only after you click on the search icon in the main toolbar. It enables you to search for files on the system and supports a wide variety of search options. This does include basic searches for names or file extensions but also searches for EXIF tags, file creation dates and the like.

Multiple search parameters can be combined so that you can search for all mp3 files on the system that have found their way on it in the last year.

Search and file browsing are only two of the tools DiskBoss ships with. The Analyze tool for example scans all files on the system and displays information about them, folders, file types and the space they occupy in the interface.

This is again linked to the file browser so that you can dive right in and check out which files uses the most space on a drive for example. Additional tools to delete, copy or move files are provided, and you find a top 100 listing and charts there as well.

The program's Classify module looks similar to the analyze tool on first glance but it displays size information in a different way. Instead of sorting information by folders, it sorts them by type.

Types include "movies, clips and video files", "Internet files" or "archive, backup and disk image files" for example.

file classification

The following tools are available in addition to the ones mentioned already:

  1. Cleanup is a tool to find and delete temporary files. It is basic in comparison to tools such as CCleaner.
  2. Benchmark runs speed tests on the selected drive.
  3. Attributes enables you to change file attributes on one or multiple files.
  4. Duplicates searches for duplicate files.
  5. Sync can be used to synchronize the data in two folders using various synchronization methods.
  6. SMART displays SMART information.

The free version of DiskBoss has one severe limitation though: it has a hard file limit. I could not find information about it on the DiskBoss website but third-party sites who reviewed it mention a 250,000 or 500,000 limit.

This means that you may not be able to use the program to its fullest extent on larger hard drives as it will stop operations once it hits the limit.

Closing Words

DiskBoss is a professional program. You will notice this especially when you browse the options and parameters that it makes available. It is for instance possible to limit the speed in which disks are read, configure exclusions or create lists of actions that you want run one after the other.

With that said, some features, the temporary file cleaner comes to mind, are not up to par anymore and need some work done

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  1. Emilee Rose said on June 11, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    The software is good but I found the file sync feature freezes and does not work at times. Also its not easy to use, it takes time to get going. After using it for one month I felt that I should replace it with some reliable and more efficient software. My friend suggested me to use GS Richcopy 360. I really felt the difference between these two. GS Richcopy is very far ahead in competition. It solved most of my problems related to file transferring. It provides real time file sync, long path name support, multi threaded file transfer for quick transfer. Try it hope it helps!

  2. Samantha James said on May 30, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Combining multi search keywords is a good an unique feature which I liked in this software! But after queuing tasks to start transferring data, the transfer speed was quite low. I think they don’t use multi threading file transfer. After searching for a true multi threaded file transferring software I found GS Richcopy 360. It provides 100% multi threading file transfer, its very easy to use, provides pre scheduled file transfer and even notifies you when the transfer is done. Try it maybe it can help you too!

  3. PhoneyVirus said on November 26, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Everything that’s mention for DiskBoss, I have with one application one way or another. Lets break it down in the following way:

    CCleaner tool to find and delete temporary files like you said. Benchmarks we have Anvil’s Storage Utilities, AS SSD Benchmark, CrystalDiskMark, H2benchw, HD Tach, HD Tune Pro and Iometer. Attributes noting the command prompt can’t handle or a simple batch file for that matter. Duplicates searches CCleaner has it build in, even though it’s hidden it’s there, follow by Auslogics Duplicate File Finder. To synchronize the data in two folders, that’s easily done with Microsoft SyncToy and for SMART CrystalDiskInfo, SsdReady, PassMark DiskCheckup and HDD Health more then enough not to purchase the full version of DiskBoss. Nevertheless this is only one guys opinion, but DiskBoss might be just right if you prefer not to have all these application installed.

    Oh Almost forgot about SpaceSniffer and WinDirStat.

    Thanks for the Tutorial Martin

  4. JBC said on November 23, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    It would be helpful to me (maybe others) if you would identify the country of origin for software you review.
    I tend to ignore any software from…
    China (cn)
    Iran (ir)
    North Korea (kp)
    Romania (ro)

  5. ilev said on November 23, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    “After you have installed DiskBoss on your Windows machine..” Installed = failed.

  6. Paul(us) said on November 23, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    DiskBoss Free is a perfect example of “teaseware”, with also on the pro version some irksome limitations: Like that Pro allows only 10 user-defined commands and do not forget the (more expensive) Ultimate version.
    Bookmarks allow you to quickly navigate to favorite directories–a virtual necessity in DiskBoss Free, since the 250K file limit makes full-drive queries unlikely to succeed on any but the smallest modern computers. I should also comment on the file classification system; there is only one classification rule set available on Free, but it’s pretty good at relating extensions to file types in a user-understandable way. Other plug-ins (in essence, sets of rules for deciding what’s a spreadsheet, what’s a movie, and so on) are included in higher priced version–and, just to flog this dead horse one more time, DiskBoss Free list of plug-ins for file classification does not let you know which you can use until you’ve selected them. The constant upsell, which would shame even the producers of a Facebook game, makes the entire experience so frustrating that it’s hard for me to give an unqualified recommendation.(Thanks Ian Harac)

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