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Drive, version 3.01  

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Drive is a great Windows-based, full-featured pop-up disk launcher, drive browser, virtual drive creator, CD autorunner, and much more.

You are able to open your drive contents in the My Computer style windows, browse drives in the Windows Explorer or play/run your CDs from the system tray. Just click a system tray icon and you are able to get a fast access to your drives at any time. Floppy disks, hard disks, CD drives, network drives, virtual drives, etc. are supported.

In addition to that, you can use Drive to open, browse, run, or play your data and audio CDs automatically when inserting them on drive.

Now Drive also allows you to create drive-letters for any folders on your hard disk. You can even create and remove both permanent and temporary virtual drives!

Great features: autorun, autoplay, autobrowse...

The additional features allow you to autostart CDs without having to open the drive and manually select the appropriate file. In other words, each time you insert your audio/data CD on drive, the program allows you to choose whether or not you want to use autoplay/run feature or just open or browse the contents of your disc.

When you insert an audio CD on drive and have disabled all the autorun and autoplay features of Microsoft Windows, Drive still offers you five seconds time to autoplay it by clicking Drive's system tray icon. When you insert a data CD-R(W) disc including the file Autorun.inf, you can use the autorun feature by clicking Drive's system tray icon.

On the other hand, if the CD or zip disk doesn't include the autorun information file just mentioned, you can open or browse its contents by clicking the tray icon in five seconds or just told Drive to do that automatically. In other words, there are data CD auto-open and autobrowse features available, too.

Create your own virtual drives

This great program allows you to create permanent or temporary virtual drives. They are really only a folder, but appear and act as if they were an additional hard drive.

In other words, Drive modifies your system to allow the use of unused drive letters to point to a folder on a hard drive or floppy disk. Long paths become single drive letters.

Get rid of your shortcuts and reduce mouse clicks!

Maybe you have plenty of hard disks and other drives? Is your Windows desktop full of shortcuts to each of them? Why? When using Drive, you have fast access to specific drives without using the shortcuts which are at the desktop and behind all the program windows.

If you are looking for new ways to minimize the number of mouse clicks and clean up your Windows desktop, Drive will be a huge step in the right direction.


 

 


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System requirements

Microsoft Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP operating system
less than 1 MB free hard disk space
Microsoft Windows compatible mouse
file Comctl32.ocx (version 6.00.8105 or later)
file Msvbvm60.dll (version 6.00.9237 or later)


Using the program

To get the full advantage of Drive, we suggest you to disable all the autorun and autoplay features offered by Microsoft Windows. On the other hand, we prefer putting a shortcut of Drive in your startup program group. Then Drive will be executed every time you start your computer.

Opening and browsing drive contents from the system tray
Opening and browsing your drives is very easy. Just left- or right-click the program icon in the system tray and select one of the drives.

If you prefer opening hard drive contents in the My Computer style windows, just select "Open in My Computer" from the "Options" menu. To browse hard drives in the Windows Explorer, you can select the option "Browse in Windows Explorer" from the same menu.

When you click one of your data CDs, its contents will be opened in the My Computer style window. If you would like to browse the contents instead of opening them, just select the option "Browse data CDs when clicking". To enable the autorun data CD feature, choose "Run data CDs when clicking" and your data CDs will be runned automatically when you select them from the drive menu.

If you are using Drive for the first time and click one of your audio CDs, Drive will start playing it. If you don't like that and want clicking to open the contents of your audio CD, select the option "Open audio CDs when clicking". The third option available is "Browse audio CDs when clicking". If you want to play your audio CDs instead of browsing and opening them, just select the option "Play audio CDs when clicking".

Run, play, open, and browse automatically or with one click
When you insert a CD (audio or data) on drive, the system tray icon of Drive will be changed. Then you have five seconds time to play, run, open, or browse the drive by clicking the icon. Now you also can choose what Drive should do when you insert your audio or data CDs on drive. When a data CD has been inserted, Drive can either open, browse, or run it automatically. In case of an audio CD, the program is able to open, browse, or play it automatically. Please note that you don't have to choose these "when clicking" options if you don't want to do it.

For example, if you have selected the option "Autorun data CDs when inserting" and the disc just inserted doesn't include the autorun information required, clicking the icon will open the contents of your disc in the My Computer window. The same will happen if you have chosen the option "Run data CDs when clicking" and you select a data CD which doesn't have the autorun information. By the way, please note that the autorun feature is not supported with the zip disks.

Executing the Microsoft Windows' disk tools
The submenu "Tools" includes direct links to drive tools of Microsoft Windows. In other words, when you choose "ScanDisc", the selected tool of Windows will be executed. In addition to these familiar tools, there are also commands for adding and removing virtual drives.

Creating and deleting virtual drives
For example, you can create drive M for the folder "C:\Windows\Desktop\My Documents". After that, the new drive M will appear in your system and your documents can be accessed through the drive letter M. As you see, Drive really makes it easy to get access to the most frequently used folders of your computer. Best of all, your physical drives remain unchanged and are not divided into additional partitions.

To create a new virtual drive, choose "Add Virtual Drive", select the drive letter to create and enter the folder to substitute. If you want to make a permanent virtual drive, select the option "Make Permanent". After you have the correct path and drive letter selected, click "Add" to create the virtual drive. If you created a permanent drive, it will be created every time you execute Drive.

To remove a virtual drive, go to the "Tools" menu, select "Remove Virtual Drive" and then choose the drive letter to be removed and click the "Remove" button.


History of program

Version 3.01 (29 Mar 2003)

increased the maximum number of drives which can be listed on the pop-up drive menu (from 24 to 26)
modified the source code a bit
fixed the size problem of the program icons used in the splash screen and "About Drive" window
corrected some spelling mistakes in the documentation and "Add Virtual Drive" window

Version 3.00 (28 Dec 2002)

fixed a nasty bug which sometimes made hiding the pop-up drive menu too difficult
fixed a minor bug: autoplay feature couldn't start playing CDs, it executed the CD player only
added a new feature: you are able to create and remove virtual drives, either temporary or permanent
added a new feature: when you insert a data CD on drive, Drive can open, browse, or run it automatically
added a new feature: when you insert an audio CD on drive, the program is able to open, browse, or play it automatically
added a new feature: when you choose a data CD from the menu, its contents can be opened in the My Computer or Windows Explorer style window or the disc can be autorunned
added a new feature: when you click an audio CD, its contents can be opened in the My Computer or Windows Explorer window or Drive can start playing it with the external CD player software
added new commands to the "Options" submenu: Open data CDs when clicking, Browse data CDs when clicking, Run data CDs when clicking, Open audio CDs when clicking, Browse audio CDs when clicking, Play audio CDs when clicking, Open data CDs when inserting, Browse data CDs when inserting, Autorun data CDs when inserting, Open audio CDs when inserting, Browse audio CDs when inserting, Autoplay audio CDs when inserting
added the "Tools" submenu with the following commands: Add Virtual Drive, Remove Virtual Drive, Disk Cleanup, Disk Defragmenter, ScanDisc
removed the autorun feature of zip disks
removed the pop-up menu hotkey (ALT + Z)
modified the "Help" submenu
modified the splash, registration, and "About Drive" windows
improved the registration system
hard disks etc. without names are shown like this on the drive menu: "C: (not labeled)"
modified the error management and messages
cleaned up the code
re-written the documentation

Version 2.10 (18 Jul 2002)

fixed a couple of minor bugs which placed a small titlebar on the desktop when the program was used
modified the splash and registration windows
changed and improved the registration system
the unregistered version will expire after 14 days
the uninstaller not included anymore
cleaned up the code and error messages
modified the documentation

Version 2.00 (28 May 2002)

fixed a bug which caused the following error: "Run-time error 365: Unable to unload within this context"
fixed a minor bug that allowed you to access the pop-up menu when it wasn't ready for that
added a new feature: you are able to browse, open and play your audio CDs (not only to open and browse)
added a new feature: when you insert a zip disk or data CD-R(W) which includes file Autorun.inf, you have five seconds time to autorun it by clicking Drive's system tray icon
added a new feature: when you insert a data CD-R(W) or zip disk which doesn't include file Autorun.inf, you have five seconds time to open/browse its contents by clicking the tray icon
added a new feature: when you insert an audio CD on your drive, you have five seconds time to autoplay it by clicking Drive's system tray icon
added a new pop-up menu picture for audio CDs (works properly only if you are using Microsoft Windows is English)
modified Drive's icon, hyperlinks and "About Drive" window
improved error handling
added a couple of new error messages and modified the older ones
updated the system requirements
cleaned up the code a bit

Version 2.00 beta 1 (04 Apr 2002)

fixed bugs which caused the following error message: "Run-time error 5: Invalid procedure call or argument"
fixed a couple of bugs which caused problems with closing and opening the pop-up menu
fixed a bug that allowed you to close Drive when its windows ("About Drive" and/or "Register") were just opened
minor bug fixed: right-clicking the Drive's system tray icon will re-activate the "About Drive" window if it's already opened
minor bug fixed: mouse pointer doesn't disappear anymore in the "About Drive" window
added a new hotkey (ALT + Z) for accessing the pop-up menu
added a new feature: when you select "Open in My Computer" and select one of your drives, the contents of it will be opened in the My Computer window
added a new feature: when you select "Browse in Windows Explorer" and select one of your drives, the contents of it will be opened in the Windows Explorer window
increased the maximum number of drives allowed (from 20 to 24)
added a pop-up menu picture for RAM drives (special thanks to Reijo Immanen)
included uninstaller to clean up your Windows registry if you want to uninstall and get rid of Drive some day
added a new splash screen
modified the user interface and "About Drive" window
improved error handling and added a couple of new error messages
file Comdlg32.ocx not required anymore
re-written the whole documentation of Drive
changed the whole registration system, it's compatible with the system used earlier

Version 1.00 (19 Dec 2001)

first final Shareware version
bugs fixed

Version 1.00 beta 2 Freeware (03 Jul 2000)

first public release


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Drive, version 3.01 (29 Mar 2003)

You are allowed to use this program as a trial version, then after you have evaluated it you must purchase a license. You may not use it unregistered for more than 14 days.

File size: 49 KB     Downloads: 22,668


Orders and pricing

When you buy a license for Drive, you will get unlimited technical support and future versions and improvements for free!

Drive

The registration fee: EUR 14.95 / USD 14.95
EU residents: EUR 17.79 / USD 17.79 (incl. 19% VAT)


 


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