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Do you wonder how much space is wasted on your Windows machine by old temp files and files that you have no need for? Do you really need all of your internet temp files going back 2 years? How about all those annoying thumbs.db files? I found a application that will clean your hard drive of a huge amount of files and recover your precious space.

That program is called Hard Drive Power Wash. Let’s check it out.

I started by downloading the free version of Hard Drive Power Wash from here. Using this application, I can schedule the clean up so it can be totally automated. You know set it and forget it.

Once you get this 2.05 MB file you will need to install it. Then you will see a screen that looks like this.

clean hard drive

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You can either run or analyze everything or hit the menu on the left for your options:

pw0 Let’s start running the Analyze process by hitting the analyze button at the bottom of the user interface. That will get the ball rolling. The program advises not to just start the Run process willy nilly because you should see what it is going to delete before it actually does it. It will look for and annihilate the following file types (per their website)

*._tm / *.1st / *.bak / *.nav / *.log / *.$$$ / *.old / *.prv / *.??~ / *.gid / *.tmp / *.syd / *.~* / *.~mp / *~.* / *.bk! / *.bk$ / *.bk4 / *.bk5 / *.bk6 / *.bk7 / *.bk8 / *.bk9 / *.bkp / *.$a / *.$db / *.&&& / *.— / *._dd / *._mp / *.chk / *.xlk / *.db$ / *.diz / *.dmp / *.err / *.ftg / *.fts / *.ilk / *.ncb / *.pch / *.sik / *.temp / chklist.* / mscreate.dir / pspbrwse.jbf / Thumbs.db

The process took some time to run and you will see its progress as it goes like so:

clean hard drive

It continued to run for about another 7 minutes and then spat back this report at me:

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Wow, I was surprised and impressed in the same breathe. It found a crap-load of files that after clicking through, seemed to be nothing that I needed. Look through each tab and scroll through the files before giving it the OK to kill them. They are all selected by default. You have buttons to select all or none at the bottom of your screen.

You will get your confirmation box alerting you that these files will really be deleted.

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Hit Yes and watch as it deletes them. It runs through each segment like log files, images etc. and deletes each file. My internet files took almost 10 minutes to delete on their own. Can you imagine how much crap was in there? When its done you will see a the first screen again now populated with your results. I got rid of a whopping 636 Megabytes!

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I am super happy and off to schedule it from the program’s settings:

Do you have a favorite program that will clean a hard drive like Hard Drive Power Wash? We would love to hear about it in the comments!

  1. Jhaswell
    October 1, 2009 at 9:06 am

    ATF Cleaner, small file, very powerful....also FREE
    I like it since you can just press run, and dont need to install :)
    Google it!!!!

  2. Stefan (Hard Drive Powerwash Team)
    October 1, 2009 at 5:49 am

    Great to read all your comments here! Please keep on doing this, it really helps us to improve Hard Drive Powerwash.

    @Tonino: We offer many commercial products for cleaning and optimizing from our website http://1-abc.net since years. Hard Drive Powerwash FREE is a side-project using parts of technology from our other programs that could be understood an answer to other free cleaning programs. We expect our commercial ones as "better than all any freeware tool", but it is on you to decide if Hard Drive Powerwash FREE is better than CCleaner or whatever ...

    @Doc: The option "delete to Recycle Bin" comes from our long time support experience for all 1-abc.net cleaning tools. Many users delete files without really checking before and later they are disappointed if any file is missing. With this feature they can reverse their changes. You can just un-check this option, Recycle Bin is not used. Or empty Recycle Bin from time to time.

    @Keith: Thank you for this information, we did not recognize this little interface bug before. In the current version 1.00 the program displays how many days are left and counts and counts instead of telling its users that this is a free version. When 0 days are left, it keeps on counting -1, -2 and so on, so you can use Hard Drive Powerwash as long as you wish. Will be fixed in version 1.01 of course.

    @Karl Gechkik: You are right, the PREMIUM edition (users can be upgrade from the FREE edition) offers even more options from even more 1-abc.net programs and is not free. But this is not the subject of this review and these comments :-)
    Sorry, forgot to add great post! Can't wait to see your next post!

  3. Stefan (Hard Drive Powerwash Team)
    October 1, 2009 at 2:18 am

    Great to read all your comments here! Please keep on doing this, it really helps us to improve Hard Drive Powerwash.

    @Tonino: We offer many commercial products for cleaning and optimizing from our website http://1-abc.net since years. Hard Drive Powerwash FREE is a side-project using parts of technology from our other programs that could be understood an answer to other free cleaning programs. We expect our commercial ones as "better than all any freeware tool", but it is on you to decide if Hard Drive Powerwash FREE is better than CCleaner or whatever ...

    @Doc: The option "delete to Recycle Bin" comes from our long time support experience for all 1-abc.net cleaning tools. Many users delete files without really checking before and later they are disappointed if any file is missing. With this feature they can reverse their changes. You can just un-check this option, Recycle Bin is not used. Or empty Recycle Bin from time to time.

    @Keith: Thank you for this information, we did not recognize this little interface bug before. In the current version 1.00 the program displays how many days are left and counts and counts instead of telling its users that this is a free version. When 0 days are left, it keeps on counting -1, -2 and so on, so you can use Hard Drive Powerwash as long as you wish. Will be fixed in version 1.01 of course.

    @Karl Gechkik: You are right, the PREMIUM edition (users can be upgrade from the FREE edition) offers even more options from even more 1-abc.net programs and is not free. But this is not the subject of this review and these comments :-)

  4. Keith
    September 30, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    If this IS indeed a totally free copy and not just a trial version, why did it say "You are running the trial period, you have 10 days left" on the close dialog after I used it the first time?

    • Karl Gechlik
      September 30, 2009 at 3:43 pm

      Did you download the Pro version instead of the free version from the link in the article?

  5. jacob cohen
    September 30, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    cleanup 4.0 works just as well
    http://su.pr/1ld1E2

  6. A5k
    September 30, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    I'm a long time CCleaner user, but I can see from the screen shots that this has one big advantage: It cleans temp files from multiple user accounts. CCleaner only cleans from the current user account. I'll have to check this out.

  7. Sotiris Z
    September 30, 2009 at 10:21 am

    Is this only a trial version ...?

    • Karl Gechlik
      September 30, 2009 at 10:31 am

      No this is their free version. Not just a trial.

  8. Phaoloo
    September 30, 2009 at 10:14 am

    @Tonino: I use CCleaner to clean privacy data from common apps and remove corrupted keys in Registry while this utility is to remove temp and redundant files.
    @Doc: Agree with you, Windows reserve an amount of disk space for this and so you can use it whether you empty recycle bin or not.

  9. Doc
    September 30, 2009 at 9:04 am

    "Delete to Recycle Bin" sounds like the most useless option I can imagine...you're NOT regaining ANY hard disk space that way, and the files you've manually put in the Recycle Bin are scattered among THOUSANDS of temp files!

  10. Tonino
    September 30, 2009 at 8:44 am

    How does this app stack up against CCleaner?

    • Alyssa Myers
      September 30, 2009 at 11:15 pm

      I've tried both and I prefer the UI with PowerWash. More intuitive to me.

  11. Kevin Reynolds
    September 30, 2009 at 9:55 am

    I use A1 Click Ultra PC Cleaner. It runs every time I boot up which I do daily. superwin.com. It's not free but I use a few utilities from them and like their stuff. The prices are reasonable for me.

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