Capacity – Repair Tool of the Week

Have you ever had to backup a clients files to a CD or DVD? I think most of us have at some point and it can be tedious sorting out how many files will fit on a single disk, especially if the client has a lot of data.

This is where Capacity comes in to make the task of backing up to CD or DVD much easier. Capacity will automatically separate the files into different CD or DVD sized folders. It can even create these CD/DVD sized folders based on the file type if you want so you can keep all documents on one CD and pictures on another. There is also other sorting criteria such as by month created, by month modified and by file size.

Capacity is small and mostly portable (requires .NET 3.5) application with a donation-ware license. This means it is free to use but if you like it you should consider donating to the developer.

This application is definitely worth keeping on your onsite USB drive and the backup machine in your workshop.

Screenshots:

Capacity

Downloads:

Download from Download.com – 4.57mb

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Special thanks to John Sims who recommended this via email.



Bryce Whitty

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Bryce Whitty
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Bryce is an Australian computer technician and the founder of Technibble. He started his computer repair business when he was 17 years old and is still running it 9 years later. He is an avid traveller and spends at least a month of the year in another country.

Comments (13)

  • Happy Christmas
    Try look into this site its fabolus link down under

    http://trinityhome.org/Home/index.php?wpid=1&front_id=12

    And happy Newyear to All here
    From denmark
    Jan Mortensen

  • Steve says:

    This is a priceless tool for many technicians as well as myself. Lots of times there is a need to archive a lot of recovered data onto a DVD and this will come handy.

    Thanks for the great site

  • eikelein says:

    Thanks for this recommendation and special thanks to Jan Mortensen for pointing to TRK.

    I totally agree with Steve, archiving on CD and DVD, yes.

    But the general idea for data salvage and transfer to another computer? CD and DVD are way too slow, IMHO at least.
    When the “from” machine still works I have use external 2.5″ USB disk drive. It needs no power external supply and much more handy than CD or DVD.
    If the source computer is inoperational then I remove the hard drive, connect it with one of these handy universal USB connection sets to the target machine and do it directly copying to the target location. BTW average customers generally are highly impressed!
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to y’all!

  • Steven Mills says:

    Just doesn’t seem ready for prime time.

    e.g. Blows up on “Temporary Internet Files” (some others do also)

    Seems to be non-configurable as to where files are placed.

    Still a work in progress from my perspective.

  • Yes, thanks for the advice here… I couldn’t tell you how much time I’ve wasted in manual process that could have been automated with this… Love it! Thanks!!!

  • Jim says:

    Why worry about fitting stuff onto CDs or DVDs when flash drives now have 200+ gig capacities?

  • Bryce W says:

    Jim, I backup to an external 160gb hard drive. However, if I am recovering data or something from a toasted computer, I often give it back to them in CDs/DVDs

  • Methical says:

    If John Sims emailed you about this application; I would of emailed him back and told him to join the forums :P

    Sounds like a useful application. I know that many people backup data onto a USB drive; but you are right there Bryce, when backin’ up data from a hosed computer, it is good practise to give the data back to client on a CD/DVD. Unless of course you are re-building there system for them; then there are no need for CD/DVD backups.

    Merry Xmas everyone from New Zealand.

  • Joseph Leo says:

    Hey Jim, the purpose is simple.

    Let’s assume you’re doing a data storage. You wouldn’t want to use your clients data with other clients data on the same hard drive. Also you shouldn’t be bringing that data with you everywhere you go. The solution? Easy to use, Long lasting, super storagable CD/DVD/Blu-Ray Disks.

    Or, let’s say you’re doing a data recovery or data migration project for a client. Why put a clients private data on a hard drive that even when the data is deleted will leave traces on that hard drive when when you can put it on a DVD? Furthermore you can’t give away hard drives- but a DVD can’t cost more than what..$0.25 these days?

  • alhalifa says:

    my laptop CD rom is not working how to resalve my in my computer CD rom logo also still not there. my os is vista

  • PC Repair says:

    Awesome stuff. I just downloaded it and tried it one one of our test machines and it worked like a charm.

    Thanks again for letting us know about this neat piece of backup tool

  • A.K. says:

    It worked for me too!