Dec
02
2010

USB Safely Remove becomes Zentimo!

Note: I have not personally reviewed Zentimo, so this article should not be taken as an endorsement of the product, and I am unable to offer any support to Zentimo users.

Update: This software was previously made available as a limited-time Freebie, but the promotion has now expired. The article has been updated accordingly.

If you’re a guy who uses USB Flash Drives, USB Hard Drives, SD Card readers or other removable media, you’ve probably already heard of USB Safely Remove, possibly the most well-known USB device manager software. If you DIDN’T know about it, USB Safely Remove was a program designed to help you manage USB devices better, by showing you what was ACTUALLY plugged in instead of the different hardware it uses (unlike Windows itself), and allowing you to remove them safely or find out exactly what is stopping them from being removed from the computer safely, as well as many other features.

USB Safely Remove has been abandoned by the developer, but a new software has now been released that is to be its successor. Called Zentimo, this new program does everything USB Safely Remove did, and adds new features of its own to turn it into a full Removable Device management program. In fact, here’s the full list of features in Zentimo, as per the developer:

Handy menu to control devices
This menu is aimed to do the most frequent tasks in a click and allows you to:

  • See device drive size or empty space
  • Rename a device
  • Change a device image
  • Hide a device from the menu
  • Scan for hardware changes
  • Stop all devices at once

Drive letter management

  • Hiding drives of empty card reader slots
  • Fixing a drive letter to a specific device
  • Preventing assigning of specific drive letters to hot-plug devices
  • You can change a drive letter or volume label quickly

Program autorun feature

  • Assign programs to be launched:
    • After device connection
    • Before device disconnection
    • After device stopping
    • After device removal
  • Global or per-device settings
  • Predefined templates to setup your antivirus, a file manager or something else

Portable application quick launcher

Just a small menu where you can add programs\files\folders from your portable drive for quick launch

Real Safe Device Removal

  • Display of processes preventing the device from being stopped…
  • … and the ability to kill these processes …
  • … or just to unlock them from the device
  • Hotkeys to stop a device or call the menu
  • Stopping of all devices at once
  • Ability to stop SATA drives
  • Returning just stopped device back

Honest Drive Speed Test
Most other drive speed testers measure only the read\write speed of large files, displaying a theoretical drive speed. This is not related to real-life speed as we often write plenty of small files to external drives.

Our investigations show that some flash drives have worse performance than other ones on writing of small files however their top performance at writing large files are the same.

Zentimo measures the file read\write speeds of 3 different file sizes: small files (32 KB), medium files (3 MB) and large files (100 MB) and displays all those measurements as well as an average. The average speed calculated by Zentimo reflects your drives real performance more accurately than characteristics from the vendor’s specification.

Like USB Safely Remove, Zentimo is a commercial program, meaning you have to buy a licence to use it. Currently, a single licence would run you $35 USD, which under exchange rates at the time of this post is roughly £22.45 in British Pounds – or in Euros, €26.50. But it’s a fair price to pay for a program like this, no?

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2 Responses

  1. Thanks JJ xD Appreciate it, getting the free download now!

    Although I never used the old software before, maybe Ill find a use for this.

    Pico

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