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Manage Your External Storage Devices

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Have you ever lost data because your external drive didn't disconnect properly? Ever found yourself staring at a flash drive that won't stop blinking, frozen because you aren't sure whether it's safe to remove it? Thanks to Zentimo, you'll be able to control your external drives better than ever before!

Zentimo is a powerful external drive manager that lets you get a better handle on your flash drives, portable drives, card readers and other external devices. You can use Zentimo to properly stop any external device, display locked up processes, or even restart a frozen drive!

With Zentimo, you can manage drive letters to ensure a consistent experience every time! Hide drive letters for unused card reader slots, or guarantee that the same drive letter is mapped to a specific device every time!

Data security becomes an easy, automated thing with Zentimo! Powerful autorun scripts give you the power to check for viruses as soon as a device is plugged in, or launch file manager! Got some portable apps on your drive? Configure Zentimo to let you launch any app off of your portable drive with a single click!

This promotion includes the following:
Zentimo Personal license, one year upgrades ($29.90)
Zentimo Personal license, two year upgrades ($39.90)
Zentimo Personal License, Lifetime Upgrades ($59.90)
Zentimo Unlimited Site License ($249)
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Roderick Nicolson Wow! Sounds like a good product.
Nov 1 at 8:45pm Copy Link
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Alexandre Emeriau Hi, Personal License needs one licence per pc ? or do you have a pack for 2 or 3 pc ?
Nov 2 at 1:00am Copy Link
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VLM From the fine print: "Zentimo is licensed per user, so if more people are going to use Zentimo you will need to purchase additional copies."

Roderick, it is a great product! On one hand, it's "just a little utility". It's not an essential security product. But it does what it says it will do, and quite well.
Nov 2 at 4:29am Copy Link
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Igor Tkachenko @Alexandre Emeriau: As VLM already mentioned you can install Zentimo to each of your computers and use it personally.

@VLM: Thanks for your nice words!
Crystal Rich, Ltd - Nov 2 at 5:48am Copy Link
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Norma H This is a great little program. I have been using Zentimo Version 1.4 for some time now and love it. Just click on the icon in your sys tray and you will see a customizable icon for any USB drive connected. You can disconnect by choosing the downward pointing icon for that drive.
Another feature I like about Zentimo is that, when you insert a USB drive or, if you accidentally disconnect the wrong one, you can just click on the upward pointing arrow to easily open the drive.
Nov 2 at 6:50am Copy Link
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VLM My pleasure!
Nov 2 at 8:45am Copy Link
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Tortuga I have been a long time user of Zentimo, USB Safely Remove before that, so al in all, 6+ years.
Always love it, recommended it, even bought it for friends as a gifts.

But lately, Zentimo doesn't help at all !! :(
Can never disconnect my externals, even when I kill the processes it shows as the culprits, via Task Mngr.
In the end, always need to shut down the PCs or Laptops, in order to disconnect.

Plus, can't even change the drive icon, *always* get the message:
"Zentimo encountered a technical error. We are sorry for the inconvenience"
I've sent bug reports since the trouble started, but ...

Was hoping a newer version was able to resolve this, but I see the last one is from March.2014, which I'm using.

Peace
Nov 4 at 2:24am Copy Link
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Charles Hall VLM: I am interested in this software, but reading Tortuga's comments, now I have some doubts. I hope you'll respond and explain why Tortuga's having problems, and whether there is a fix. I am running Windows 8.1 (desktop mode) and want to be sure I'll get a functional product before I buy Zentimo. Do you offer a money-back guarantee? Thanks for your help.
Nov 4 at 3:42am Copy Link
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Hawkeye Like Ttoruga, I have been using Zentimo and before that USB Safely Remove. I'm running Windows 7, x64. I'm a very happy user. Last time I upgraded, I purchased the Lifetime license, It's cheaper if you plan on using for a long time.

Yes I have experienced the issue, when the drives couldn't be released. The issue is NOT Zentimo. You have another process that is attached to the drive. In my case it was the backup software. If I shut down the backup software and then release the drive, it works.

You will need to see what other software is attching to your drive, if they can't be released.

If you download the Microsoft Process Explorer, it will help to tell you what is holding the drive.

http://technet.microsoft....s/bb896653

Run Process Explorer, then click on Find in the tool bar or press Ctrl+F. Input the drive letter in question, c:\ or d:\ and click on search. You will have to determine which one is the culprit. Like I said, mine was the backup software.

I'm sure Igor will chime in on this as well.

Hope this helps.
Nov 4 at 4:23am Copy Link
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VLM Charles Hall - I believe Hawkeye has already responded as well as I ever could. It's a cardinal rule of data safety/protection that you don't rip out devices while files on them remain open. The problem is that some applications close without releasing their hold on certain files, or maintain a hold long after they should have released it. Microsoft Absurd often does the former, and Hawkeye's backup software instance exemplifies the latter. IN the case of Microsoft Absurd, you can just go in and remove the little file that begins with a tilde (~) if the file is no longer actually open. (Means that MS "forgot" to remove this little gem. I think it's a tilde.) In other cases, you may have to shut down the "offending" application. Either way, Zentimo is actually serving you well by, in effect, notifying you that you have some form of unfinished business WRT that device.

Does this help?
Nov 4 at 7:38am Copy Link
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Louis H As another long time user of this software, I will confirm that both Hawkeye and VLM are correct. Once I figured this out, I had no further problems with closing down drives.

Purchasing the lifetime license back in Feb of 2013 was one of the better choices I have made here at BDJ. I had been paying for yearly updates prior to that. I use between 5 to 12 different portable USB drives and Zentimo has been a tool I use every single day.
Nov 4 at 11:57am Copy Link
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Igor Tkachenko @Tortuga:
>=>Can never disconnect my externals, even when I kill the processes it shows as the culprits, via Task Mngr.
Zentimo isn't a magic wand that resolves every problem. In case if an external drive is locked by some application Zentimo will help to stop it. But also there are other reasons of inability to stop devices, such as incorrectly installed or non-installed drivers for USB concentrator\motherboard, malfunctioning devices and etc. In this case Zentimo may not help, read more about it here: http://safelyremove.com/e...CannotStop . In your case I think the culprit is in the malfunctioning hardware.

>=> Plus, can't even change the drive icon, *always* get the message:
It's because you were trying to load a malformed ICO file. In the following version which we are working now on the problem will be fixed. Contact us ( http://zentimo.com/support.htm ) if you need help on this matter.

@Charles Hall:
>=>Do you offer a money-back guarantee?
Yes, we do offer a 30-day unconditional money back.

@Norma H, Hawkeye, Louis H:
Many thanks for your support!
Crystal Rich, Ltd - Nov 4 at 12:15pm Copy Link
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Alexandre Emeriau Then why not Zentimo could not identify the application blocking ? (the backup app discussed here as an example) and propose to destroy the lock or even to kill the app responsible process ? :)
Nov 4 at 4:23pm Copy Link
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Nico Westerdale Great News! Crystal Rich, Ltd has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Nov 5 at 12:11am Copy Link
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Tortuga Wow! Thanks to ALL who responded :) Sorry to be so late, could only now reach a computer!

*** @Hawkeye: No bkup attached. Processes that impede removal generally are Everything, Listary (those I can kill), then full of System ones which I'm not knowledgeable enough to do anything abt. Can't tell you which ones, I'm not near a PC of mine. Will follow your advice abt PE, thanks!! Even though already hv several other process mngrs. Will see if that one gives me more insight or control.

*** @VLM: Maybe it came out wrong, but I still love Zentimo. NOTHING else in the mkt compares!
But as you can see by my previous posts in this thread, I had to install another program to deal w my HP TP tablets, as Zentimo can't deal w those. If we don't point out problems, the cie can't resolve them. Though, that one wasn't resolved either...
No, I wd never dare rip out any device when there are still processes holding it. That's why if even after killing several of the processes, in the end, I hv to shutdown the PC/Laptop
Can you explain what you mean by 'Microsoft Absurd'?? Is this your 'endearing' term for MS' absurdities in general, or smthg specific?

*** @Igor: Will read the article when I get home, thanks
1) I hv a dual boot via Orico, so same hardware for both. On XP x32 most times I'm able to disconnect, but on W7 Pro x64 it can never. Same problem on laptop W7 x64. The thing is, it used to work on ALL my systems!!
2) As soon as I click on "Change" on the window, it reports the error, so I never get the chance to even choose any img. This happens on all PCs, Laptop. Do you mean that, if even *one* of the images in the Image Fldr is malformed (do you mean corrupted?) the action can not be performed? I will remove all 'User Images' and restart from scratch, see if that resolves the problem. Thank you for the advice
*** Again, thanks to everybody for tips & advice. Much appreciated !!
Peace
Nov 5 at 12:22am Copy Link
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Hawkeye Alexandre and others,

Let's break down the backup software. It is running at the system level and will not let any program just close it down or give up it's control of the drive. This is the way Windows is designed. Another situation, you open a file, document.doc on your external drive with Word. You forget it's open and want to remove the drive. If Zentimo, automatically closed Word, or forced Word to release the file, losing all your changes, that would be considered a major bug or flaw. Igor would lose customers, I being one of them after years of use.

Tortuga, said he uses the Task Mgr to close down processes, in this case Word. With the Task Mgr, you don't actually see the files being used. Process Explorer will show you the files, and you would probably have a Homer reaction, DOH. We have all been there. Just like any other computer experience, you need to know how the program operates to use it to it's full ability. Without Zentimo, all you get is the the drive cannot be released at this time, or something equivalent.

Let's go back to the backup software one last time. I prefer full system images over backups running while Windows is running. I needed the software running, if I needed to open a backup file. To fix the issue, I removed it from auto running on startup and then wrote a couple of scripts, one to load the software, if I needed to access a backup file. The second, to release the program from memory when finished. Problem solved.

Tortuga, I just seen your latest email. Yes, Everything and Listery can attach to drives as well. That's their design. When trying to find the culprit, do one at time until you find the one causing the issue instead of shotgunning it. This approach will help you going forward.

Hope this helps everyone in the long run.
Nov 5 at 12:46am Copy Link
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VLM Alexandre Emeriau - IMO, yours is a very reasonable question/suggestion. In one private email exchange, the author did mention work in process on a new version. But I have no details to share; I do not know.
Nov 5 at 1:42am Copy Link
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garmon User Hi
Does Zentimo recognise external HDD that dont show in Windows Explorer.
I have a few drives that are recognised by device manager but Windows doesnt allocate a drive to. Its intermittant.
Nov 5 at 1:42am Copy Link
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webdancer This is a great piece of software! Been using it for years and recommending it to everyone. Upgraded from a free giveaway to the paid lifetime license on a previous BDJ promo. Take advantage of this deal as Zentimo is a "must-have".
Nov 5 at 2:31am Copy Link
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Igor Tkachenko @Alexandre Emeriau:
>=> Then why not Zentimo could not identify the application blocking ?
We cannot say anything on the issue without knowing the details. If anyone have cases when an application locks the device and Zentimo\USB Safely Remove cannot identify it please feel free to report about. In our tests we never meet such cases.

>>Any upgrade planned by the way ? particularly to improve what i've just mentionned ?
Yes, we are working now on the new version. Some improvements in the device stopping mechanism are also on the roadmap.

@Tortuga:
>>As soon as I click on "Change" on the window, it reports the error, so I never get the chance to even choose any img
Please contact us on the issues you have mentioned and we will try to help: http://safelyremove.com/support.htm

@Garmon User:
>>Does Zentimo recognise external HDD that dont show in Windows Explorer.
You have a hardware or driver related issue. Either your motherboard is broken, or these drives or you have incorrectly installed drivers. This problem is out of Zentimo feature list.

@webdancer
Thanks for your nice words!
Crystal Rich, Ltd - Nov 5 at 3:47am Copy Link
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Neil Sorry, but I don't understand why this software is necessary. If you disable write behind caching (WBC) for removable drives, you can unplug without ejecting. I've been doing that for years without any problems.

In fact, most (perhaps all) of the time, write behind caching is disabled by default on removable drives.

Perhaps this software lets you leave WBC on for better performance? If so, how then does it deal with remove without eject?
Nov 5 at 5:32am Copy Link
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Igor Tkachenko @Neil:
I've been flying a plane for decades but have never used a parachute. Why anyone need it? :) Seriously though please see an answer to your question on our web-site: http://safelyremove.com/e...VsOptimize
Crystal Rich, Ltd - Nov 5 at 5:54am Copy Link
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Neil @Igor...interesting analogy. But I already have a parachute...the Eject drive option. The problem is, I never put it on. So the question is: how would an extra parachute (your software) help if the user still doesn't put it on (use your eject option)
Nov 5 at 6:51am Copy Link
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Igor Tkachenko @Neil: I haven't compared our software to a parachute, it would be a wrong analogy. So there's no sense for later discussion about parachutes but I will be happy to answer any specific questions.

Regarding your question "why anyone need safe removal" it's better to read the link above, it's a bit longy so I'm not posting it here.
Crystal Rich, Ltd - Nov 5 at 7:28am Copy Link
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Alexandre Emeriau Thanks you VLM for the information about the author working on that, which also answer to the other question about software upgrade. Of course, i mentioned "propose to destroy the lock or even to kill the app responsible process ?" there is the "proposition" word in it to process on a given information, not an automatic killing.

In the meantime, i bought the Zentimo Personal License, Lifetime Upgrades, hoping this is a good bet.
Nov 5 at 8:41am Copy Link
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Gr3gw I don't have Zentimo but I have been using USB Safely Remove for many years and its one of my must-haves. I must confess I've never understood the difference between Zentimo and USB Safely Remove, clearly I don't have the devices or need for whatever is different. What I would say is is this, if I didn't have USB Safely Remove, I would DEFINITELY have Zentimo.

Is there a feature comparison chart for Zentomi and USB Safely Remove so I can learn what I'm missing, and possibly justify this x-grade?
Nov 5 at 8:43am Copy Link
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Gr3gw Alexandre, that's perfect, thank you. Shows perfectly and succinctly the differences. I looked at the website but couldn't find it.
Nov 5 at 10:36am Copy Link
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Franz depp USB SAFELY REMOVE - I've got a 1 year license of Usb Safely remove and it's nice: what Zentimo has more ? may I wait april 2015 when this license ends ? (license one year means just free update, but I can go on to use it ... isn't it ?)
Nov 6 at 1:40am Copy Link
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Igor Tkachenko @Franz Depp:
You can find the differences between Zentimo and USB Safely Remove here: http://zentimo.com/zentimovsusbsr.htm . As for another part of your question, I'm not sure I understand it. Can you write us more detailed via our contact form: http://zentimo.com/support.htm ?
Crystal Rich, Ltd - Nov 6 at 3:01am Copy Link
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