File Utilities

File Managers

Product Version Year of Release Comments Download
Lotus Magellan

1.0

2.0

1989

1990

Magellan was a desktop file viewer and search tool. It indexes all files on your hard drive, and you can search for related information across file formats.

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Xtree 1.06 1985 This is a very early version of Xtree (dated 1985).  Here for amusement, not for practical use.
Note that on start up, it will count the number of files on C:   Some computers will contain more files than this early version of Xtree can deal with, in which case Xtree will terminate.
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Xtree Gold 1.44 1990

Xtree Gold version 1.44, of about 1990.  Create a directory named XTGOLD on C: then copy unzipped contents into that directory.  To run, execute XTG.EXE within that directory.

NOTE:If you decide on a different directory name, inform the program of that by running XTG_CFG.EXE, then choosing option [1], then changing the "Program path:' setting (on page 4). Failure to do that will result in some functionality not working (e.g. built-in help).

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File Backup

Product Version Year of Release Comments Download
CRC - - A program that calculates a signature of file/s (in the form of a CRC - Cyclic Redundancy Check). It is able to store CRC values for files and later check whether they have changed. Click
FastBack+

2.09

2.10

3.0

6.0

1988

1988

1991

1993

Fastback Plus, by Fifth Generation Systems, Inc, is a backup utility for DOS. Its key feature is that it can read and write both a floppy disk and hard disk at the same time by making use of dual-channel DMA. Combined with speedy data compression, it can make a very fast backup.

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Norton Ghost 7.5 2000 Norton Ghost is a PC cloning and imaging tool. Click
Tape Mate

v1.1

 

v1.2

1992

 

1994

SCSI tape backup software by Trantor.
File SUPPORT.LST contains a list of supported tape drives.

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Disk Backup

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Media Players

Product Version Comments
QuickView Pro 2.61

QuickView Pro supports videos of type MP4, DivX, AVI, MPEG, MOV, FLC, DL, VideoCD and more, music audio of type MP3, WAV, VOC and more, and pictures of type JPG, BMP, GIF, PCX, TGA and more.

Videos need the DivX codecs (incl. videos with FourCC DIV3, DIV4, DX50 and MP43), Indeo (tm) and QPEG (tm) codecs among many others. Subtitles with AVI (DivX) files are supported as well.

QuickView Pro is a 32 bit protected mode program and therefore needs at least a 80386 processor and a VGA card. It will run under DOS 3.0 or better, or in a DOS shell under Windows 95/98/ME and OS/2. Most ISA sound cards are supported as well as some PCI sound cards.

Sound drivers: PCI card, AdLib, SB, EMU10K (SB Live!), Cirrus 4281, PC Spkr, VIA chipset mobos, SB Live 24

Download the driver for your sound chip and copy it into the directory in which QV.EXE is. You can then use this driver using the -WE$x command where x is the driver name.
Example: QV -WE$SPEAKER.SDR

 

QuickView 1.03b Real mode version of QuickView, for old 286 systems, systems under low memory conditions or if you use QuickView with your own real mode programs.
MPEGone 1.10

DOS MPEG and VideoCD player.

Supported are MPEG files with suffix .MPG, .M1V, .MPE, .MPV and .DAT. DAT files are files from the VideoCD that are usually named AVSEQ01.DAT and so on. VideoCDs and CD-i (partly) are supported using the /VCD command.

The player is a 32 bit protected mode program and therefore needs at least a 80386 processor. For playback of MPEGs with higher resolutions, a Pentium 166 system is recommended. For sound decoding you must have a coprocessor. Full screen video playback is supported either using hardware scaling (certain graphics chips only) or via software (requiring more CPU power).
The player will run under DOS 3.0 or better, or in a DOS shell under Windows 95/98 and OS/2. You must have a VGA card in your system. For sound support you must have a Sound Blaster compatible sound card, a Gravis UltraSound Classic or MAX, or a Windows Sound System.

 

File Editing

Product Version Year of Release Comments Download
uHex 1.04 2015

uHex is a simple and fast multiplatform hex editor. uHex has been written with care to work fast even on an 8086 CPU, providing support for large files (up to 2 GB) while using minimal amounts of memory. "uHex" stands for "micro Hex" (it should actually be spelled µHex, but DOS operating systems do not allow non-ASCII symbols in filenames, thus the official name became just "uHex").

uHex supports several video text modes (80x25, 80x43, 80x50.. and any other, as long as it has at least 80 columns), both in color and black & white modes.

uHex has very low requirements. It runs on anything that provides:
 - an 8086/8088 compatible CPU,
 - a MS-DOS 2.0 compatible operating system,
 - ca. 20K of free conventional memory,
 - an 80 columns video mode.

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File Compression

Product Version Year of Release Comments Download
ARCE 4.0g 1991 So you've got an old ARC archive file that none of the modern ARC extractors recognise.
What you need then is an old ARC extractor (one that recognises the earlier ARC formats).
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PKZIP/PKUNZIP 2.04g 1993 PKZIP/PKUNZIP from 1993. This is a self extracting archive file. Click
TeleGet 2.13i 1990 This DOS program by Sydex can be used to create an IBM PS/2 Model 25XT Starter Disk from a .TG0 TeleDisk file. Click

File Validation

Product Version Year of Release Comments Download
CRC - - A program that calculates a signature of file/s (in the form of a CRC - Cyclic Redundancy Check). It is able to store CRC values for files and later check whether they have changed. Click

 

File/Disk Copiers

Product Version Year of Release Comments Download
Central Point Copy II PC Option Board Software - -

This is the Transcopy utility software for use with the Copy II PC Option Board. The Copy II PC Option/Deluxe Option Board/"Transcopy" card is an ISA expansion card created and sold by Central Point Software that enables an IBM PC or compatible to duplicate most floppy disk copy protection methods.

Despite the name, it has little in common with the original software-only Copy II PC (see below).

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Copy II PC

2.55

3.08

6.00

1985

1986

1990

Central Point Copy II PC is a disk duplication program that can successfully copy many copy protected disks using only standard IBM PC hardware. It is generally considered the best software-only solution for duplicating such disks.

Copy II PC will not save images to floppy disk. However this limitation can be overcome with a third party utility called "snatchit".

It is speculated the omission of saving was to appease businesses using copy protection, but more likely is was to avoid competition with their Copy II PC Option Board/Transcopy hardware.

v6.00 is the final version of this product. It is also the preferred version for anyone using Copy II PC as it has the best support for faster processors. In a few cases, however, it may reject specific copy protection methods that earlier ones may copy due to pressure from vendors.

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Hard Disk

Product Version Year of Release Comments Download
Disk Technician Gold - 1991 Disk Technician Gold is a hard disk utility and surface monitor. It contains an interleave adjuster and pattern tester similar to Spinrite, and also includes a defragmenter and disk-level virus protection. Click
MaxLLF 1.1 1996 MAXLLF is a utility for low level formatting IDE (PATA) hard disks drives. Technically, on newer IDE drives this simply wipes the drive, but also forces bad/weak sectors to re-map to spares. Supports CHS (Cylinder/Head/Sector) and LBA (Logical Block Addressing) up to 127GB and works with any brand of drive (not just Maxtor). Click
Park - - A program that parks the heads in MFM and RLL drives. Click
SpeedStor

6.03

 

6.5

1989

 

1991

Use 6.03 for XTs and clones. Copy ZIP contents to a bootable 360K or 1.2M floppy

 

Use 6.05 for ATs and clones. Copy ZIP contents to a bootable 1.2M floppy

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