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Virtual Disk

Organize Your Scattered Files

$29.95
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Platforms: Windows XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, 7
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Sometimes it feels as if your files want to be in a state of disarray. No matter how hard you try to keep organized -- like keeping all of your digital photos in one folder, your music in another, and your important documents in yet another - stuff always seems to fall between the cracks. You copy files from a hard disk to a flash drive, or from one network drive to another, you make revisions and then forget to copy them back. Sooner or later, it all becomes too big of a task to keep up!

Virtual Disk offers a unique solution to your file organization dilemma. Instead of copying and moving files to try to stay organized, Virtual Disk lets you keep the files exactly where they live, and instead create a virtual drive that points to the locations of these files! Imagine the freedom of not having to hunt for files anymore! Creating and deleting virtual drives with Virtual Disk is as easy a single right-click. You can even access your virtual drives from the command line, just like any other drive letter!

Without the worry of moving files back and forth, you're free to use Virtual Disk to organize your files as you see fit. You can map individual files, or entire folders, to your virtual drive, even if they're located on mapped drives over a network. What's more, you can even make the same file or folder appear as if it's in two different locations -- all thanks to the magic of Virtual Disk!

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Steve Coppard When this first appeared on BDJ I was quite critical of certain aspects but the developer is first rate and responded immediately to the issues and has since greatly improved this program. It is totally stable and a very good piece of software now. I have files that I need to work with frequently spread across two drives and in three identically named directories which are nested deep into their root directories. Working with them used to be a mass of clicks and time, just to get to the directories! With Virtual Disk, each just appears as a separate top level directory and, most importantly, I can give each a unique name so that I can easily work with files without all the searching. I can totally recommend this software.
Jun 20 2009 at 7:10pm Copy Link
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Mike G Virtual Disk really comes in handy if you work with lots of different projects, systems, folders and shared drives as I do. For example, one application has more than 10 folders and shared drives for data, reports, code in development, test, production. etc. I don't always have control over the location. With Virtual Disk I link all that stuff into a single virtual folder without changing the original locations. It's a safe, elegant solution that hides the underlying complexity of Windows symbolic links. Also handles UNC paths and mapped drives with ease.

As indicated the developer is talented and responsive. A couple of my requests were implemented so quickly I instinctively braced for possible bugs. But they never came. The new version has been rock-solid for a couple months.
Jun 22 2009 at 10:11am Copy Link
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Frank Stephens I like this site, but the quality of the comments is very low. Steve, I don't think this has been offered before, Virtual Folder was on here, the BDJ link is incorrect and still links to that site. The correct link is
http://www.virtualdisk.net/
Mike G, Virtual Disk was on Giveaway of the Day a month ago. That version was very buggy and caused Vista to crash, so it certainly hasn't been rock-solid for a couple of months. It doesn't use Vista features such as hard links and symbolic links at all, it uses its own driver.
Jun 22 2009 at 8:36pm Copy Link
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Virtual Disk Support @Steve Coppard & Mike G
Thank you very much for your support and kind words. I'll do better :-)

@ Frank Stephens
Virtual Disk (http://www.virtualdisk.net) is the latest version of Virtual Folder (http://www.virtualfolder.net/) which has been offered here on March 14 (http://www.bitsdujour.com...ual-folder), I changed the name of this program after adding many new features. Almost all the bugs reported by GAOTD users one month ago have been fixed now. Please don't hesitate to contact with me if you have found some bugs or have some questions or suggestions :-)
Bopsoft - Jun 22 2009 at 10:46pm Copy Link
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Good Guy I noticed Virtual Folders was offered with free lifetime upgrades and now Virtual Disk only comes with one year of free upgrades.
Jun 24 2009 at 3:20pm Copy Link
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Mike G @ Frank Stephens: Those who purchased the original Virtual Folder on BDJ understand what Steve C is referring to. Some of us made suggestions/requests that the developer quickly incorporated. This evolved into Virtual Disk in a matter of weeks.

It turns out you're correct about Virtual Disk not using symbolic links, but anyone who knows much about them would probably agree that is a good thing.

As for stability, sorry to hear you had so many problems on Vista. I stayed away from Vista on my primary computers and can tell you Virtual Disk functionality that I use has been rock-solid on XP SP3 for months. ;-)
Jun 24 2009 at 5:50pm Copy Link
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Brenda Gann The unregistered version is severely crippled. You cannot map a file. You can only map by folder. You cannot create more than one virtual drive. You can't create a virtual folder. (The website says unregistered users can create 3 folders, but when I try it says that it is only for registered users.) These limitations make it hard to tell if the sofware can do what I want.

There are no docs. There is a FAQ on the website.

The program is still buggy. If you make a change such as changing the drive's name, it is not updated. You have to do something like close and reopen the program, or close the directory tree.

One good thing is that you can right click on a folder and map it even if the program is not running.
Jun 25 2009 at 10:05pm Copy Link
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Virtual Disk Support @Brenda G
The unregistered version is severely crippled. You cannot map a file. You can only map by folder. You cannot create more than one virtual drive. You can't create a virtual folder.

Virtual Disk has no time limit, and the main feature (provided as Virtual Folder before, which has been sold hundreds of copies) is 100% free now, and the old users of Virtual Folder can upgrade to Virtual Disk freely.

(The website says unregistered users can create 3 folders, but when I try it says that it is only for registered users.)

I guess you are referring to Virtual Folder and you get this information from the old website. The 3 folders limit is referring to folder mapping which is free in Virtual Disk.

The program is still buggy. If you make a change such as changing the drive's name, it is not updated. You have to do something like close and reopen the program, or close the directory tree.

Thank you very much for your report, this bug has been fixed now. The directory tree will refresh automatically after changing the volume label.

One good thing is that you can right click on a folder and map it even if the program is not running.

In fact you don't need to start the program any more once you've created a virtual drive. You can manage the virtual drives anywhere.

Please don't hesitate to contact with me if you still have any questions or suggestions.
Bopsoft - Jun 26 2009 at 2:26am Copy Link
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Virtual Disk Support @Brenda G
Sorry that BDJ automatically deleted the symbols I used to distinguish your original comment from my replies. Please ignore my previous comment.

###The unregistered version is severely crippled. You cannot map a file. You can only map by folder. You cannot create more than one virtual drive. You can't create a virtual folder.

Virtual Disk has no time limit, and the main feature (provided as Virtual Folder before, which has been sold hundreds of copies) is 100% free now, and the old users of Virtual Folder can upgrade to Virtual Disk freely.

###(The website says unregistered users can create 3 folders, but when I try it says that it is only for registered users.)

I guess you are referring to Virtual Folder and you get this information from the old website. The 3 folders limit is referring to folder mapping which is free in Virtual Disk.

###The program is still buggy. If you make a change such as changing the drive's name, it is not updated. You have to do something like close and reopen the program, or close the directory tree.

Thank you very much for your report, this bug has been fixed now. The directory tree will refresh automatically after changing the volume label.

###One good thing is that you can right click on a folder and map it even if the program is not running.

In fact you don't need to start the program any more once you've created a virtual drive. You can manage the virtual drives anywhere.

Please don't hesitate to contact with me if you still have any questions or suggestions.
Bopsoft - Jun 26 2009 at 2:32am Copy Link
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Brenda Gann Virtual Disk has no time limit, and the main feature (provided as Virtual Folder before, which has been sold hundreds of copies) is 100% free now, and the old users of Virtual Folder can upgrade to Virtual Disk freely.

###That's good that there is no time limit etc. However, I cannot get a feel of the program when so many of its features are disabled. It might be a good idea to have a version that had all the features with a time limit, or a version that allowed for slightly more functionality. Of course, you can't give all of the features for an unlimited time or most people would not register. I wanted to see if I could do something that I couldn't do because I couldn't make more than one virtual folder or drive. At least if I could do one but not the other, I could get some idea of if it would work. Maybe I can try to come up with an idea that would work without being able to do this.

I guess you are referring to Virtual Folder and you get this information from the old website. The 3 folders limit is referring to folder mapping which is free in Virtual Disk.

###I noticed that after I wrote that line. I accidentally posted my comment without editing that line out. You can't edit comments on this site.

Thank you very much for your report, this bug has been fixed now. The directory tree will refresh automatically after changing the volume label.

###That's great that it is fixed. It's scary though that such an obvious bug was in the program.

In fact you don't need to start the program any more once you've created a virtual drive. You can manage the virtual drives anywhere.

###Maybe this is why the bug was not noticed... people aren't running from the program's interface.

It's good that you don't have to have the program running. It is one less thing you have to have running.
Jun 26 2009 at 10:09am Copy Link
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Virtual Disk Support Hello everyone,
You can ask for a full refund in 30 days if you are not 100% satisfied with Virtual Disk :-)
Bopsoft - Jun 26 2009 at 10:27pm Copy Link
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Brenda Gann I have been trying out Virtual Folder to see if I would want to get Virtual Disk. I was doing it this way because Virtual Folder allows more than 1 folder to be mapped. Virtual Disk doesn't unless you register.

It is supposed to map only 3 folders according to the webpage. It appears to be mapping as many as I want. (I made 4.) Is this normal? Is it going to stop working after a while?

If I can map as many as I want, then what is the benefit of getting Virtual Disk instead? (I know I could create multiple drives, but is there a benefit beyond that?)
Jun 27 2009 at 6:09am Copy Link
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Virtual Disk Support @ Brenda G
### I have been trying out Virtual Folder to see if I would want to get Virtual Disk. I was doing it this way because Virtual Folder allows more than 1 folder to be mapped. Virtual Disk doesn't unless you register.

Sorry, but this is not true :-( All the features and functions of Virtual Folder (even these for registered users only) are provided free of charge in Virtual Disk.

### It is supposed to map only 3 folders according to the webpage. It appears to be mapping as many as I want. (I made 4.) Is this normal? Is it going to stop working after a while?

I'm not sure about this. Maybe you are using Virtual Disk? Some download links on the old website will redirect to the new Virtual Disk site.

### If I can map as many as I want, then what is the benefit of getting Virtual Disk instead? (I know I could create multiple drives, but is there a benefit beyond that?)

Here are some features for registered users only: Create multiple virtual drives, map files, create folders to organize mappings.

Please forget about Virtual Folder, it has become Virtual Disk -- more powerful, flexible and easy to use :-)
Bopsoft - Jun 27 2009 at 7:20am Copy Link
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Brenda Gann I thought I wasn't being allowed to map folders at all, but actually there was a bug with a certain type of folder. I wrote to support and they said that they will fix the bug within 3 days. They also gave me a workaround.

You can't ask for more than that!
Jun 28 2009 at 5:26am Copy Link
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Matthew Dubin I am impressed with the free version of Virtual Disk and am planning to purchase the registered version to give me more flexibility.

I would just like to know what the projected cost would be for upgrades after one year?
Aug 4 2009 at 3:14am Copy Link
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Matthew Dubin I received an answer from customer support.

It will be $9.95 for one year of upgrades but will not be implemented until 2011. Which means that all upgrades will be free through 2010.
Aug 5 2009 at 1:21am Copy Link
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