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What are people saying about DiskFerret Professional

Exolon Miner Hmm, tried the Trial, but the Program is (for 1 hour) neither responding, nor updating it's screen.

Not very promising.....
Feb 3 2012 at 3:40am Copy Link
David Shaw I would see this more as an IT tool. It would be more useful if it could be installed on a USB drive so it can be used when needed on whatever machine your working on.
Feb 3 2012 at 7:47am Copy Link
Michael R. How are hard-links (i.e. these links you can e.g. create with the makelink-command) handled in DiskFerret?
Feb 3 2012 at 9:06am Copy Link
Ray Newman Exolon, If you could, navigate to the DiskFerret log location by entering %userprofile%\diskferret into Windows Explorer address bar, and send the DiskFerret.log.0 to we'll take a look to see if we can determine the problem.
Swooft Software, LLC - Feb 3 2012 at 9:29am Copy Link
Ray Newman Hard links are treated as physical files by DiskFerret. Hard links not only point to a file but duplicate it as a copy without taking up the extra hard disk space required by a clone. If you have a hard link pointing to a file then delete the original file, the hard link will still retain a copy of the clone. This is a darned if you do and darned if you don’t situation. When treated as a physical file, hard links can skew disk utilization results when the link and the physical file are in the same scan results, but if only the link is in the scan results it could skew potential disk utilization results if not included.
Swooft Software, LLC - Feb 3 2012 at 10:28am Copy Link
Michael R. Thanks Ray for your quick answer. Since XP I use directory-hardlinks mostly for backup-restore reasons: I do often a fast restore of my complete 'windows/program' partition (TrueImage) without wanting new data-files be overwritten by the old ones, so I have the data-files on a separate partition. Unfortunately some programs do not allow this directly, but with a hardlink I can let the physical data be on the other, the data-parition.

What I meant with my question before was mostly:

Can I, when using DiskFerret see all the files which are virtually on a partition and at the same time see, that they are physically not on that partition? So it would be great to have kind-of-a-button to switch between a virtual sight (, were all the files/directories were visible in their sizes like they appear in a filebrowser (no matter if the files/dirs are on the current partition or not) - as said, they should be easily seen as not physically on this drive) and a physical sight (where just the link(-file) would appear).

So e.g. I could avoid (by switching to the physical sight) while being on my program-drive C: to remove unintentionally dictories/files from my drive D: just because I think these files are on drive C: and could restored easily afterwards by my backup/restore-program.

Another thing would be when searching for duplicate files, which I've seen is luckily integrated into your utilitiy. Is there taken care of the case, that files/dirs which do occur virtually on two different places, but are physically the same are shown as double? So when removing a spposed duplicated file/dir this would also remove the other file. Does DiskFerret handle this case from not happening?

Thanks a lot...
Feb 3 2012 at 7:40pm Copy Link
Ray Newman Michael, I assume you are referring to Directory Junctions, but to be sure tell me more about the specific commands you use to create the links.

If you are using Directory Junctions, this can be handled in DiskFerret by setting up a filter that excludes files which have their reparse point attribute set. Once a filter has been configured to exclude reparse points you can quickly switch between your filter that excludes directory junctions, or no filter, via the filter dropdown list that is located on the application toolbar. Folder and file objects in DiskFerret are displayed using the same icons that are displayed by Windows, so you'll get the same visual indicator that you get in Windows when a directory is a junction or a symbolic link. Also, using a filter that excludes reparse points as described above will avoid showing a duplicate for a physical file and a file linked via a directory junction.
Swooft Software, LLC - Feb 4 2012 at 12:46pm Copy Link
Michael R. Hi Ray.

You are right. What I meant above was indeed what you thought I did. I use an utility called MAKELINK in command-mode to create these links (wirtten by Mikael Nordell from year 2000) and when calling it, it gives a short explanation, what it does: 'Displays and/or modifies NTFS5 Junction Points').

So, thanks for your explaining answer. Before I never knew about such a reparse point attribute...
Feb 4 2012 at 11:10pm Copy Link
Andrew Griffiths FYI - have spent 20 mins trying to buy. Have never used or been forced to use Google Checkout before. Tried in both Chrome & Internet Explorer but Google Checkout complete fail.

1st it tried to tell me California not a recognized state
2nd it wouldn;t let me get past the agree to terms & conditions etc without actually opening them (2 documents) although I don't think it said that and certainly wasn;t obvious
3rd it tells me "content cannot be displayed in a frame"
4th and deal killer - "place your order now $8.99" grayed out - tried refreshing page several times to no avail

Add another 5+ mins signing in here and writing this + you have one frustrated, lost customer.
Feb 5 2012 at 12:13pm Copy Link
Ray Newman Andrew, Sorry for the Google Checkout troubles. This is the 1st we’ve heard of any problems with Google Checkout. Please take a look at for Google’s Checkout Buyer Help to see if that resource might help resolve the problem.
Swooft Software, LLC - Feb 5 2012 at 1:15pm Copy Link
Andrew Griffiths Ray - thanks for reply but not willing to risk wasting more time on Google Checkout. Post an email address here I can contact you on if you wish to pursue. Cheers
Feb 5 2012 at 1:46pm Copy Link
Michael R. Hi Ray.

In the meantime I downloaded the demo and played around with it. I went to a directory where some junction-point-directories are in (with no filter applied) and strangely they did not appear in DiskFerret at all.

Playing around a little - I could not reconstruct what I did - once they suddenly appeared. After quiting DiskFerret and restarting it again, they were gone again...
Feb 5 2012 at 1:52pm Copy Link
Ray Newman Andrew, I understand your frustration. Please contact us at
Swooft Software, LLC - Feb 5 2012 at 2:58pm Copy Link
Ray Newman Michael, We'll look into it. We'll likely need more detailed informaton from you on the particulars of the data, so if you're willing to invest a little time to help, please email us at with your contact information. If we can duplicate the problem we'll post a fix release within 48 hours.
Swooft Software, LLC - Feb 5 2012 at 3:10pm Copy Link
Bjondc On your website you have a "Personal license" -- how is that different from what is here? can it be used on more than one computer (I have two right now) or what? It'd still be "personal use" and "at home".
Feb 5 2012 at 3:18pm Copy Link
Peter C1 Well I love the graphics and I have a good look around the website too.

What can I price wise it compares favourably with another well known and similar in appearance program (think Trees and their size) And it would appear that the other program which has been around for years, allows the buyer to select a 12,24 or 36months of maintenance (including any updates or major upgrades) period.

Having said that Disk Ferret is currently at version 1.3.0 with free minor updates AND it may well be a few years before version 2 is released and requires a new (discounted?) payment.

The main downfall I could find by comparison with the other progam, is that the opposition allows a SiNGLE USER to install Personal or Professional versions on up to 3 computers (but read the L, T&C to see what category you fit in) AND there is NO ONLiNE Activation to speak of (well not that I could find mentioned).

So wether to buy DiskFerret or Tree???? hmmm it's not an easy choice but I think the single user 3 PC & no online activation sways me away from DiskFerret.

But there is still about 8.5 hours till expiry ...
Edited extra:

Never seen or heard of Google Checkout, but it DOES allow you to buy Licenses and deliver them as gifts in other recipients names which is a big thumbs up/AAA+ as far as I'm concerned.

Now, if only the hardware footprint for a single user was 3 ...
Feb 5 2012 at 3:24pm Copy Link
JesusInsideMe Installing its license key a program shows a blank page, I reinstalled 4 times with same results, support honored their word and they proceeded with my money refund, and yes, is complicated from the beginning purchase with Google Checkout (although I did not have a problem with it), God bless them and I hope in Christ they can fix this trouble app to give a new try. (I use W7 64 bits)
Feb 5 2012 at 5:24pm Copy Link
Ray Newman Blair, DiskFerret licenses can be used for 1 computer only. What is being offered here is an unrestricted (business) license. Personal licenses are restricted to non-commercial purposes in non-business, non commercial environment. Please see the full license agreement at
Swooft Software, LLC - Feb 5 2012 at 5:46pm Copy Link
Bjondc Thank you for the clarification.
Feb 5 2012 at 7:11pm Copy Link
Ralph Bressler I paid for the program but got no e-mail with a code to register the program! Why?
Feb 5 2012 at 11:09pm Copy Link
Jerry S I'm a bit disappointed. Your per computer license in this age of people commonly owning two personal computers is regressive. At this price, I would have purchased two licenses, one for my primary computer and another for my travel machine, but your Google Checkout doesn't permit me to change quantities. If you think I will be so infatuated with DiskFerrett that I will pay full price for a second copy for my little used travel computer, you're wrong.

Also, I would suggest you use another payment platform since Google Checkout doesn't permit me to use other payment modes such as PayPal.

Small criticisms to be sure, but you're in a customer driven market and should focus on pleasing your customers. It takes more than just a good product to do that.
Feb 5 2012 at 11:27pm Copy Link
Ray Newman Ralph, Our order fulfillment system shows that an email was sent to your gmail account at 11:14pm. Make sure that your spam filters are not blocking or Contact us directly at and we will reply with your activation code.
Swooft Software, LLC - Feb 6 2012 at 5:13am Copy Link
Joel Koltner Let me chime in here to also mention that -- while at least it's clearly mentioned on the "policy tab" here -- as a "PC enthusiast" locking the software to a single machine doesn't really do me any good: I run through multiple PCs each year, and it's a royal pain to have to call or e-mail companies to see if they'll let you transfer the license to a new machine and try to convince them that, no, you're not trying to pirate the software.

I would be willing to pay more for a "licensed PER USER for non-commercial purposes" version. Even Microsoft offers this with Windows, you know...
Feb 6 2012 at 9:08am Copy Link
Jerry S I am not impressed with Disk Ferret's business practices. I wrote their support department ot complain of not having received a receipt or serial number.

Noticed a posting here that they send it to the your Gmail address. Duh! This is 2012. I give you the address I want you to use in communicating with me - and you use it. You don' send it to an email address I very rarely use.

Color me not impressed. The product is marginally useful, but the restrictive licensing terms, the inability to purchase two licenses and the business of sending transaction information to a Gmail address I rarely use leads me to consider just forgetting about the whole thing.

Feb 6 2012 at 4:32pm Copy Link
Ray Newman Jerry - We heard Bits ju Jour users loud and clear on the issue of Google Checkout. Google Checkout provides Swooft Software, LLC with a secure and economical ecommerce solution, which helps us keep our cost down, but we understand that customers want alternatives. We are working on alternative ecommerce solutions and will provide those in the future. Our automated order fulfillment sends emails with activation codes to the email address that is registered with Google Checkout. That is the only email address we have available.
Swooft Software, LLC - Feb 6 2012 at 5:11pm Copy Link
William Tattors only one small hitch; my java needed updating and only generated error message, not recommended action. Smooth checkout with paypal via Fastspring. The zip it up feature beats my diskpie pro offering from pcmag's utilities. Plus, pretty fast. A real "weiner" for me...
Jun 24 2012 at 6:13am Copy Link
Rick Sumrall Is it possible to perform scans across multiple drives, rather than working with one drive at a time. For example, I want to view all my local and network drives in a single view so I can look at who is using up the most space across all drives, as well as producing charts and graphs of all my drives in a single view. Basically ,I want to run any of the operations simultaneously using a multitude of drives/paths. Can it do that.
Jun 24 2012 at 9:34am Copy Link
Amit IF it did not have needed java.


or maybe even java 1.4 which is lighter on the system.
Jun 24 2012 at 9:56am Copy Link
Ray Newman Rick,
DiskFerret will only scan 1 drive at a time for now. We are currently working on multiple drive scans and plan to have that feature in a new release within the next few months.
Swooft Software, LLC - Jun 24 2012 at 10:21am Copy Link
Jeroen Heijster I do wonder, does your software include lifetime free updates? I couldn't find that anywhere on the site.
Jun 24 2012 at 1:54pm Copy Link
Ray Newman Updates are free until the next major release, which will probably be 1-2 years.
Swooft Software, LLC - Jun 24 2012 at 2:31pm Copy Link
William Tattors Continued to archive large chunks of data and zip 'em away.... flawless...I could not be more pleased with this program. Furthermore, Fastspring's fulfillment is astounding.
Jun 24 2012 at 9:12pm Copy Link
joel kens You must install/register the software within 30 days, and cannot do so afterwards. Not cool.
Oct 27 2012 at 2:23am Copy Link
Tom R Really disappointed with this software. Although my computer is rather old, it runs all other software that i care to use at a reasonable speed on its 2.8ghz Pentium 4. Diskferret, however, takes so long to do most operations that it is practically unusable. Scanning takes a little while depending on how big the folder/drive is, which is expected.
But when not actually scanning, and just changing from one kind of display to another, can take minutes rather than seconds. I am quite a patient person, but even to me there are limits to what is tolerable.
This is a real pity, because i used to use an old program called Scanner 2.10. Then more recently started using TreeSize, and was hoping this would be a worthy replacement. But alas, i will go back to using TreeSize because although it has less features, i don't have to sit around for so long waiting for my system resources to be handed back every time i do any operation.
Oct 27 2012 at 3:34am Copy Link
Upset User Impossible to activate the soft....
Oct 27 2012 at 3:58am Copy Link
Ray Newman Joel, Not sure if this is what you are asking but if you need to move the application to another computer there is a function to release a license from your current computer which then allows you to activate the app on another computer.
Swooft Software, LLC - Oct 27 2012 at 5:15am Copy Link
Ray Newman Upset User, Contact with details of your activation issues and we'll work to get the issue resolved.
Swooft Software, LLC - Oct 27 2012 at 5:18am Copy Link
Terence McBride Thank you for making this software free to all that come,
Oct 27 2012 at 5:30am Copy Link
Ed Lippert I like it... I'm a corporate IT guy and I just ran DiskFerret to compare it to a couple of other similar products we use almost daily. It was comparable in speed, even with huge networked drives. I just scanned a 67GB networked drive over VPN and it took about ten minutes which was actually a little quicker than SpaceMonger. I like the look and feel and the functionality is adequate. 4 out of 5 stars...
Oct 27 2012 at 5:55am Copy Link
P C Just installed DiskFerret. It runs pretty fast and looks good.
Oct 27 2012 at 6:07am Copy Link
Ray Newman Terrance, You are more than welcome. If you find the software useful please tell your friends and colleagues about it.
Swooft Software, LLC - Oct 27 2012 at 6:09am Copy Link
Cary Mathers I hoped that this would replace my use of WinDirStat, but with the issues of licensing and payment options expressed here, I'll sit it out a bit longer to see what alternatives might be offered before this deal goes away.

Don't let a promising product wither and die due to rigid business practices.
Oct 27 2012 at 6:11am Copy Link
Grandong Mulez Can't see how.
Closed immediately every time I tried to run it
Oct 27 2012 at 6:11am Copy Link
Ray Newman Carl, I am a bit confused by your comments. There are no payment options, the software is free today. When you click on the Get It For Free button bitsdujour will send you an activation code. All we ask is that you activate the application on at least 1 computer within 30 days. At any time during or after 30 days you can move the license to another computer by using the release license option on the computer where the license has been activated.
Swooft Software, LLC - Oct 27 2012 at 6:47am Copy Link
Ray Newman Grand, Contact if you're willing to invest a little time in trying to get the problem resolved.
Swooft Software, LLC - Oct 27 2012 at 6:50am Copy Link
Grandong Mulez @Ray Newman
Thank you for the respond.

It was my mistake, try to register on a pc with no internet connection, which then forced to close by it self. Can't make it run since then.
Uninstall, reinstall, then activate (online) again, solves my problem.

But, something is missing here..
The program should warn user that internet connection is required for activation. Not just forced to close the program and won't allow the program runs afterward, don't you?

But still, thank you.
Now I have time to test & play with it, then decide whether to keep it, or to uninstall it if not suit me
Oct 27 2012 at 8:48am Copy Link
Terence McBride @Ray Newman
I started up the DiskFerrt and within seconds it shown that I was carrying approx. 15GB in 2 files, within five minutes my SSD gained extra space... This is one happy customer, thank you.
Oct 27 2012 at 8:49am Copy Link
Colin McAllister on Windows XP Service Pack 3, I tried downloading from the website itself and still get this...

"Checking your .NET Framework version...
MSI3.1 already installed
MSI3.1 installation done. Proceeding with remainder of installation.
.NET Framework Version found: 2.0.50727, equal or newer to required version: 2.
Proceeding with remainder of installation.
Beginning download of Visual Studio 2008 C++ Redistributable
Completed download.
Pausing installation while downloaded Visual Studio 2008 C++ Redistributable installer runs.
Execute: C:\DOCUME~1\Guest\LOCALS~1\Temp\vcredist_x86.exe /q:a /c:"VCREDI~2.EXE /q:a /c:""msiexec /i vcredist.msi /qn"" "
Completed Visual Studio 2008 C++ Redistributable install/update. Exit code = '4097'. Removing Visual Studio 2008 C++ Redistributable installer.
Delete file: C:\DOCUME~1\Guest\LOCALS~1\Temp\vcredist_x86.exe
Visual Studio 2008 C++ Redistributable installer removed.
Output folder: C:\Program Files\DiskFerret
Can't write: C:\Program Files\DiskFerret\DiskFerret.exe
Oct 27 2012 at 9:40am Copy Link
Ray Newman Colin, Exit code = '4097' in the Visual Studio 2008 C++ Redistributable indicates that "You do not have the permissions required to install or uninstall this application." Are you a local system administrator?
Swooft Software, LLC - Oct 27 2012 at 9:48am Copy Link
Ray Newman Peter, There is no explorer context menu in the current version. It's on our ToDo list. Thanks for the feedback.
Swooft Software, LLC - Oct 27 2012 at 11:20am Copy Link
Roberto is planned an usb/portable version?
Oct 27 2012 at 11:45am Copy Link
Ray Newman Roberto, We don't currently have a usb/portable version. Maybe in the future...

You might want to try DiskFerret Lite, our free version which runs in a browser Capabilities are limited but you can run it from any computer that has Java installed and has an internet connection.
Swooft Software, LLC - Oct 27 2012 at 11:51am Copy Link
Oct 27 2012 at 1:21pm Copy Link
loving thesixties I accidentally entered the license key for another product entirely and now DiskFerret gives a Java Platform not working error and refuses to run at all. I am not a programmer, but if you could tell me how to delete the wrong license key manually (i.e. where is it?), then maybe I could start all over again. I already tried uninstalling and reinstalling and that put me right back where I was before, so that is not the answer. Revo uninstaller and Ashampoo Uninstaller don't even show DiskFerret as being installed, so the only way I have to uninstall it is through Control Panel (I'm using 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium.). Can you help me with this problem? Thanks.
Oct 27 2012 at 2:08pm Copy Link
Ray Newman Open a command prompt
cd "\program files\diskferret"
diskferret /deletelicense

This should cleanup any corrupted license activations.

Run DiskFerret
If it runs and displays a dialog that indicates that you have 30 days left on your evaluation, try activating it again.

Let support know the results at
Swooft Software, LLC - Oct 27 2012 at 2:18pm Copy Link
John Smith I registered for the free software offer, I received the code, I installed the product.
Upon activation I receive the following message:

FAILED TO validate request because the time between server and client is not synchronized. Difference in time is 21730.
Oct 27 2012 at 2:35pm Copy Link
Ray Newman John, I'm guessing that your system date and time is not correct. Check your system date and time (Control Panel, Date and Time). Send your results to and we'll work with you to resolve the issue.
Swooft Software, LLC - Oct 27 2012 at 2:41pm Copy Link
RichU I installed on XP, but when I tried to run the program I received:
"could not create the Java virtual machine"
Was not given opportunity to register.
Oct 27 2012 at 7:49pm Copy Link
Ray Newman RichU, Contact with your problem report and we will help you get it resolved.
Swooft Software, LLC - Oct 27 2012 at 7:57pm Copy Link
Danny Yet even in short: this license has a temporary shelf life of 30 days. But how should I interpret it now: activated within 30 days to put it in pemanent license or is this license for one-time use, and not possible to install to a different pc after craching?
Oct 27 2012 at 10:42pm Copy Link
h s Is it possible to release the licence if the licensed pc becomes and needs a fresh is install?
Oct 28 2012 at 12:08am Copy Link
Neil User installed today. Also needed to install Java. Program starts but then "disappears". Appears to abort. Can't see in running applications or processes lists. Have re-booted without success. Contempating reinstall or just removing and moving on....
Oct 28 2012 at 12:15am Copy Link
Oliver Solano I downloaded and installed this but it just wont run.

All I see is the diskferret logo (pie diagram) for a second then it closes and nothing else happens.
Oct 28 2012 at 3:12am Copy Link
Danny But even in short: this license has a temporary shelf life of 30 days. But how do I now interpret: activated within 30 days to put it in permanently license or is this license for one-time use and it is not possible to install to a different pc after craching?
Oct 28 2012 at 5:36am Copy Link
Ray Newman Folks, DiskFerret's license allows the software to be used non-simultaneously by a single user on up to 3 fixed computers, or may be used non-simultaneously by multiple users on a single computer. That means you get 3 activations. You must activate the software on at least 1 computer within the 1st 30 days. At any point during or after the 30 days you can activate on 2 other computers provided the software is used non-simultaneously by a single user. At any point during or after the 30 days you can release a license and activate on another computer. If you've used all of your activations and your computer crashes, giving you not way to release the license, contact

For those of you who had problems that were not addressed yesterday, pleaase contact Most of the problems encountered are typicall related to system permissions, so be sure to run the installer as and administrator and after installing run the app as an administrator.
Swooft Software, LLC - Oct 28 2012 at 6:48am Copy Link
Danny I have no clear answer to my question. I dare even attempt: If I this license on my current pc install, but next year or later, a new pc purchase, can I use this license code further with the new pc?
Oct 28 2012 at 6:56am Copy Link
Ray Newman Danny, What point are you not clear on? If you want to move a license from 1 computer to another, you release it on the computer where it is activated and activate on the new computer.
Swooft Software, LLC - Oct 28 2012 at 7:04am Copy Link
Danny @Ray Newman

Me is about whether this free license obtained temporary or permanent in nature after the activation, because it needs to be activated within 30. Hence the confusion. But you now have a clear answer, thanks for the effort!
Oct 28 2012 at 7:27am Copy Link
Oliver Solano Thanks to DiskFerret and Ray Newman for the support.

I got your e-mail and I ran the program as an admin and the problem was solved.

I activated the the license without hassles.

I ran the program and I was really impressed.

Powerful piece of software.

Thanks to BDJ and DiskFerret for the promotion!

Keep up the great work!
Oct 28 2012 at 8:16am Copy Link
Danny @Oliver Solano,

I am agree! It is one of the many gems that the top tool softwares belongs!
Oct 28 2012 at 12:39pm Copy Link
Tony K Just took advantage of your offer and within 30 minutes had saved over 30GB. Thak you. Credit where it is due
Oct 29 2012 at 1:30am Copy Link
loving thesixties I did as you suggested, and then uninstalled DiskFerret, reinstalled it and restarted windows for good measure, but I am still getting the same error message: "Java(TM) Platform SE binary has stopped working." Must be something else corrupted that I can't find since I already deleted everything with diskferret in the name. Any clue as to what I should do next? For instance, should I see if installing DiskFerret to a different folder would make any difference, even though that seems unlikely to help as far as I can see, anyway? I even used JavaRa to completely remove the slightly out of date Java and updated to the newest one available to see if that might help, and it didn't. P.S. after all the reinstalls, I am not getting the error message any more, but it still won't do anything except flash the logo up for a second or two when I try to run DiskFerret. Once I did get a message that it could not create the JVM, but no more. So I am currently at a loss as to what to try next, and I'd appreciate any help. Thank you.
Oct 29 2012 at 2:45pm Copy Link
Ray Newman loving thesixties, contact and we'll help you get it resolved. We had several similar instances and it's been user permission issues.
Swooft Software, LLC - Oct 29 2012 at 3:22pm Copy Link
loving thesixties thank you for the reply. I'll do that as soon as I finish a top priority project, which will probably be this evening sometime, hopefully.
Oct 30 2012 at 8:41am Copy Link
George Butel Installing the program and running it gives a dialog box that says that the program requires Java version 1.6.0. My Java is the most recent version, 1.7.0_09. In order to run the program, I would have to downgrade to an older, less secure version of Java.
Trying to login here to post this comment as a registered BitsDuJour customer, Kaspersky will not let me, and tells me that this is a known phishing site.
Nov 16 2012 at 6:04am Copy Link
Ray Newman George, DiskFerret has a minimum requirement of Java 1.6.0 but it runs fine with later versions of Java and does not force you to downgrade to 1.6 if you are running 1.7.0_09. Something else is amiss, possibly a corrupt install of Java... Please contact and we'll work with you on analyzing the issue.

My guess on Kaspersky telling you that BitsDuJour is a phishing site is that Kaspersky is badly mistaken.
Swooft Software, LLC - Nov 16 2012 at 4:12pm Copy Link
George Butel Knowing how inefficient Java updating is (I don't know whether it's the fault of Oracle and/or Windows)--i.e., there are always traces of older versions--I went to the Control Panel and uninstalled all Java. Then, I opened Revo Uninstaller, and, lo and behold, it showed an older version of Java present that was unknown to the Control Panel, so I tried to uninstall it, and, although there was no uninstaller, Revo did find a bunch of Java 1.6 reg entries and folders, so I got rid of all that. Then, just to make sure, I followed the procedure at http://forums.whatthetech...pic=104537 and downloaded a little file that checks for a couple of reg entries that characteristically cause Java update problems. Then, I verified Java, and Chrome kept saying it wasn't installed, and I kept going around in circles with Chrome and Java, installing it via Chrome, only to have it tell me that it wasn't installed after successfully installing it, so I uninstalled and reinstalled Chrome. Then, all the Java everywhere (Chrome, IE and Firefox) was working, and there was only one version--and, DiskFerret installed perfectly. I don't know if it was the old versions of Java that were interfering, or if it might have been JavaFX 2.1.1, which I don't remember installing, but I uninstalled anyway. JavaFX 2.1.1 had to have been part of some other program I haven't used in a while; I'm sure I'll find out which one when it doesn't work.
I was concerned about the Kaspersky message because of a recent warning from Sophos and some other site about safety issues at a number of very well-known freeware and regular software download sites. BitsDuJour was not mentioned in their warnings, and I had not had any problems with the individual programs I'd gotten from BDJ, but I suddenly became concerned about the fact that I did not remember seeing any banners plastered around BDJ bragging about how safe their downloads are.
Nov 17 2012 at 7:57am Copy Link
loving thesixties For the record, support@DiskFerret worked hard (and smart, too) directly with me to successfully and quickly resolve the problem(s) that I had earlier, so I can heartily recommend that anyone else who has a problem do likewise. They really do support their product(s).
Nov 17 2012 at 8:45am Copy Link
Danny About 8 months ago was this application free of charge if BDJ Deal. What is the difference in license with free obtained and this very heavily discounted BDJ Deal?
Jul 26 2013 at 1:33pm Copy Link
Ray Newman Danny, The license is the same.
Swooft Software, LLC - Jul 26 2013 at 2:23pm Copy Link
Danny @Ray Newman,

That I had understood, but what are the limits between these two? I get the impression that the free license a one-time activation was obtained. Is that so?
Jul 26 2013 at 2:28pm Copy Link
Ray Newman There are no limits or differences between the two offers, the license remains that same. "One licensed copy of the software may be used non-simultaneously by a single user on up to 3 fixed computers, or may be used non-simultaneously by multiple users on a single computer."
Swooft Software, LLC - Jul 26 2013 at 5:12pm Copy Link
Danny @Ray Newman,

So I don't have this License not to purchase as I already have a license I about 8 months ago free on this site have obtained BDJ?
Jul 26 2013 at 10:33pm Copy Link
Loco78 * This application is similar in operation to "FOLDER Visualizer" which is free. You can also buy the Pro version for 10 euros but only deprives the action of advertising or exit from the program, so that the free version completely enough - just a few more applications from Abelssoft.
You can buy off these applications for Deal of the Week.
Jul 27 2013 at 1:12am Copy Link
Jan-Christoph Ihrens "There are no limits or differences between the two offers"

This also includes the version number... :-/ Any plans for a new version?
Jul 27 2013 at 5:38am Copy Link
Ray Newman A new version is in development and will be released sometime before the end of the year.
Swooft Software, LLC - Jul 27 2013 at 5:51am Copy Link
Gavin Phoenix I got this free a while ago and it's an incredibly useful program for me. I used to use WinDirStat but DiskFerret is many times better. So much better that I've just bought it with this offer.
Jul 27 2013 at 10:08am Copy Link
Danny I say:

So I don't have this License not to purchase as I already have a license I about 8 months ago free on this site have obtained BDJ?
Jul 27 2013 at 10:24pm Copy Link
Michael R. Nice to see discounts for former buyers in the form of upgrade-discounts here on BDJ now too. Please continue doing this.
Feb 5 2014 at 3:47pm Copy Link
Mappi75 Oh no!
Java Runtime Enviroment 1.6 is needed!
Sorry NO buy.

Then i will use FolderSizes 6.
Feb 8 2014 at 2:16am Copy Link
Rob Nolan I just installed Disk Ferret (including .Net 4.0 full), but when I launch
It I get the error ‘could not create java virtual machine. Fatal exception occurred’
I’m running Windows 7 Professional.
Feb 8 2014 at 2:39am Copy Link
Terence McBride Hi,
I own a licence for the previous version of DiskFerret and would like to purchase the $8 upgrade. My question is, I don't see a button to enable to do so. Could someone point me in the right direction please
Feb 8 2014 at 2:47am Copy Link
Rob Nolan How fix the 'Cannot create virtual machine' error:
Open the Control Panel

• Go to System

• Go to Advanced Systems Properties

• Then Environment Variables

• In System Variables, click Add

• New Variable Name: _JAVA_OPTIONS

• New Variable Value: -Xmx512M

• Click OK
Feb 8 2014 at 3:01am Copy Link
Janusz Szpilewski Terrence, you should see "Buy DiskFerret Upgrade" when you hit the "GET THIS DEAL" button.

I just bought the upgrade but got:

Your Activation Key is:
[?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'? QuickLicenseManagererror/error /QuickLicenseManager]

instead of the key. Anyone else experienced this?
Feb 8 2014 at 5:03am Copy Link
Ray Newman Rob, From your second comment I assume you resolved the problem that you were seeing. If not please reach out to
Swooft Software, LLC - Feb 8 2014 at 5:25am Copy Link
Ray Newman For those of you that are purchasing an upgrade there is a "Activation Key" field on the order form that must be filled in with your activation key for DiskFerret v1x. If you have misplaced you key, contact and we'll track it down for you.
Swooft Software, LLC - Feb 8 2014 at 5:28am Copy Link
Janusz Szpilewski It may be a problem with the previous key as I put it with the enclosing [ ] as I received in the initial registration mail. Strange it might not be fully validated before accepting the order. I emailed sales so will contact support too.
Feb 8 2014 at 5:40am Copy Link
Ray Newman Janusz, Thanks for that insight. Yes, when entering the v1 activation key you should exclude the enclosing []. I've emailed your upgrade activation code.
Swooft Software, LLC - Feb 8 2014 at 5:47am Copy Link
Janusz Szpilewski I just received in the email the confirmation that there was a problem with my 1.x activation key and got a new valid key. Thanks for the quick reply.

For all who are planning to buy the upgrade do not put '[ ]' into the activation key field.
Feb 8 2014 at 5:50am Copy Link
Terence McBride @Janusz Szpilewski,
Thank you so much for the advice on how to upgrade. It worked first time without any hassle at all.

This is a great program I would recommend it to all. This is also one of must have apps that's worth its space on any hard drive.
Feb 8 2014 at 6:54am Copy Link
Rob Nolan Ray, Yes problem solved. Running like a champ now!
Feb 8 2014 at 6:54am Copy Link
Ray Newman To find your duplicate files select the Duplicates tab after running a scan, then click the Start button in the Duplicates toolbar (we don't identify duplicates during each scan because it can take some extra time). When the app finishes identifying duplicates you'll see a tree table where each node is a duplicate file name. Expand the node and each individual duplicate file will display.
Swooft Software, LLC - Feb 8 2014 at 7:19am Copy Link
Gregg Holbert Does duplicate file finder compare anything besides name (e.g. dates and filesize)?
Feb 8 2014 at 10:45am Copy Link
Ray Newman The duplicate file finder can be configured in Options-Duplicate Files to use any combination of Name, Size, Date, and CRC-32.
Swooft Software, LLC - Feb 8 2014 at 10:52am Copy Link
GoodNPlenty Thanks for offering current users a discounted upgrade. I would recommend this product to everyone. I couldn't imagine using Windows without it.
Feb 8 2014 at 12:03pm Copy Link
Ray Newman Our pleasure, and thanks for the kind words.
Swooft Software, LLC - Feb 8 2014 at 12:13pm Copy Link
Mike Shanahan Do you have a Free vs Pro comparison chart? It would be helpful. I looked at your website last night I couldn't find it.
Feb 8 2014 at 4:05pm Copy Link
Ray Newman We don't have a comparison chart. Following are the differences:
DiskFerret Lite (free):
.runs inside a browser, not as a stand alone app
.does not allow analyzing network drives/shares
.does not allow file owner analysis
.does not allow continuous drive monitoring
.does not allow scheduled tasks
.only displays top 50 files
.support for duplicate file analysis will not available in future releases
.treemap chart depth is limited to 2
.memory is limited when running inside a browser, drives with a large # of files may fail due to lack of memory
Swooft Software, LLC - Feb 8 2014 at 5:52pm Copy Link
Toeknee B Got the deal, Thank you!

And I just wanted to say Thank you in advance for at least giving your customers a discount on future upgrades since they aren't free for life. A good discount is the next best thing to free lifetime updates!

Thank you,

Feb 8 2014 at 8:27pm Copy Link
A. Goyal There are 34 min remaining and when I try to buy the upgrade, the price shows $20 and not $8 (tried paying by Paypal and the same $20 shows up).
Feb 8 2014 at 11:27pm Copy Link
Tortuga @Ray Newman, I've been trying to buy the app, upgrading from a previous license.
But I get a warning "Your current order cannot be confirmed". I don't what I should do next: Wait? Cancel?
I know it's late, there is only 20min left till the offer is over, hope is around.
Please help.Note: The purchase is been made through a dedicated eMail, not this one (which I use for forums)
Feb 8 2014 at 11:40pm Copy Link
NZorg Fastspring error just displays a blank page.
Feb 9 2014 at 12:52am Copy Link
Lupke Brother Is there a portable DiskFerret version available?
Nov 11 2014 at 6:05am Copy Link
Ray Newman Lupke, Sorry, there is no portable version of DiskFerret.
Swooft Software, LLC - Nov 11 2014 at 4:10pm Copy Link
Danny What would ' Ferret ' say? Where is that word of derived?
Nov 11 2014 at 9:33pm Copy Link
Lupke Brother PatPal checkout isn't workng. The button does not redirect.
Nov 12 2014 at 2:09am Copy Link
Charles Hall The description says that DiskFerret will identify duplicate files. Is it also possible to show the differences between the contents of two folders? For example, in comparing two folders, I'd like to be able to see a list of only those files that exist in one folder but not in the other. This would be useful for determining if one folder is an exact mirror or backup of the other.
Nov 12 2014 at 4:19am Copy Link
Ray Newman Danny, Ferret is derived from "ferret out" a transitive verb. "To find or uncover with keen, diligent, crafty, or shrewd search."
Swooft Software, LLC - Nov 12 2014 at 4:37am Copy Link
Ray Newman Charles, DiskFerret allows for selecting 2 folders that have been scanned and then running the duplicate search tool.
Swooft Software, LLC - Nov 12 2014 at 4:45am Copy Link
Charles Hall Thanks, Ray. That will show me duplicate files. But my question, if you read it again, is about showing files that are different. Say that I've got two folders and I know that they contain mostly the same files. I want to see which files are contained in one folder but NOT in the other folder. In other words, show the differences between the two folders, not the duplications. Is that possible?
Nov 12 2014 at 5:45am Copy Link
Ray Newman Charles, Ah, I understand now. Sorry, no, DiskFerret will only show you the duplicates in the 2 folders. There is a really good free tool called WinMerge that will do what you are looking for.
Swooft Software, LLC - Nov 12 2014 at 6:02am Copy Link
Chris Well, I am trying to upgrade but the fastspring page loads blank.


I think it is finally letting me order.


It did let me purchase finally.
Nov 12 2014 at 9:24am Copy Link
Ray Newman Chris, Let me know if it doesn't go through. We'll work something out.
Swooft Software, LLC - Nov 12 2014 at 9:36am Copy Link
Chris It finally loaded and I was able to purchase my upgrade. Thanks Ray.
Nov 12 2014 at 9:56am Copy Link
Tortuga Hi Ray :)
Went to the site, changelog has not changed since ... many moons ago, the same errors still there ... ;)
Just wanted to know: Is there a new version after from May.2014 ?
Do you hv plans for a new one soon? When?
No, nothing is missing from the current one, all is working fine, just wondering
Nov 12 2014 at 1:50pm Copy Link
Ray Newman Hi Tortuga,
We're had only a few bug reports on 2.0 so that's why you don't see a lot of change history. We're working on a few new features but haven't set a release date yet. It will probably be at least a few months.
Swooft Software, LLC - Nov 12 2014 at 2:19pm Copy Link
Tortuga @Ray, Thanks
Bought this app. this past Feb. Next version is included, right?
Nov 12 2014 at 5:24pm Copy Link
Ray Newman Correct, we'll probably have a couple of minor releases before the next major release.
Swooft Software, LLC - Nov 12 2014 at 5:30pm Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Great News! Swooft Software, LLC has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Nov 13 2014 at 12:11am Copy Link
JW As a previous purchaser (at the full price) I can assure anyone contemplating a purchase that this program is worth every penny of that full price! So buying it here - at this huge discount - is a real 'steal'!!

It's been so useful to me that I'm now buying a copy for another 'family member'!! Then I can easily see how she's filling her disks up - and do something about it!!

I can only recommend that you do the same!!
Nov 13 2014 at 2:22am Copy Link
0 User Is the upgrade from to 2.1 free? And if so, do we just download and install (and not worry about registration)?
Nov 13 2014 at 9:51am Copy Link
Ray Newman Yes, minor releases are free. And yes, you won't have to re-activate when upgrading to a new minor release.
Swooft Software, LLC - Nov 13 2014 at 10:34am Copy Link
Robert Rodenberg When I run DiskFerret it says: "this application requires a Jive out Runtime Environment 1.6.0". When I click "okay," it sends me to URL:

I download Java Version 8 Update 25 and install Java, and then DiskFerret does the same thing over again.

Any thoughts?
Nov 13 2014 at 11:35am Copy Link
Ray Newman Robert, Please contact and we'll work through it.
Swooft Software, LLC - Nov 13 2014 at 11:41am Copy Link
Matt Hello Ray,

1. I just want to confirm what I believe you said above (per Tortuga).

If we purchase the current version (, the next major version (3.x) and all 3.x updates are included free?

2. Is the 'Multiple Drive Scans' available?

Ray Newman: "Rick,
DiskFerret will only scan 1 drive at a time for now. We are currently working on multiple drive scans and plan to have that feature in a new release within the next few months.
Swooft Software, LLC - Jun 24 2012 at 10:21am"

3. I don't see any dates on the 'Release Notes' on your website. Can you tell us approximately when version 2 was released? And when do you expect to release version 3?

Thank you.
Nov 13 2014 at 4:09pm Copy Link
Ray Newman Matt,

1. Minor releases are free, major releases are not. If you purchase any subsequent 2.x releases are free. 3.x will require an upgrade fee. Upgrades at 60% off the regular price, but you'll probably be able to pick up an upgrade during one of our promotions (like this one) at a significant discount ($4 today).
2. Yes, 2.x supports scanning multiple drives simultaneously.
3. 2.0 was released on 11/27/2013. 2.1 was released on 4/29/2014. Release 3, at least a year, maybe 2.
Swooft Software, LLC - Nov 13 2014 at 4:46pm Copy Link
Matt Hi Ray,

Thank you for your quick and detailed reply.

I was a little confused when Tortuga (above) asked:

"Bought this app. this past Feb. Next version is included, right? "

And you answered:


I was thinking by your answer that version 3 was just around the bend, and you were giving a free upgrade to version 3.

Now I understand.

I just made the purchase.

Thanks again!
Nov 14 2014 at 2:43am Copy Link
Craig Haywood With so many freeware utilities that does exactly what Disk Ferret does and more why would anyone consider buying Disk Ferret?

I am not trying to dis the software as it does what it is supposed to do and does it well. It just seems to me this company is trying to sell something which is already widely available as a free product.

I downloaded the trial version and the software does nothing that freeware versions do
Jun 17 2015 at 1:02am Copy Link
Ray Newman DiskFerret is a comprehensive disk analysis tool that contains a combination of advanced features that save time and are not available in any other product.

Some of the features that you won't find in free products are:
advanced filtering and searching;
asynchronous scans of multiple volumes;
multiple volume analysis;
duplicate file analysis, across volumes;
scheduled scans;
email/text notifications when scans are ready;
runs as a service so that scheduled scans run even when the user is not logged into the system;
constant disk space monitoring for an unlimited number of drives with email/text notifications when disk space is low.

I urge you to look beyond the surface at some of the advanced features of DiskFerret. For your disk space analysis and monitoring needs I firmly believe that DiskFerret will increase your productivity significantly.
Swooft Software, LLC - Jun 17 2015 at 5:13am Copy Link
Tortuga @Ray Newman Hello :)
I went to the 'Release Notes' page, I see there is no change on the changelog from last time, ie it still states (!!), the same errors I mentioned last time on Nov.2014. I almost did NOT dwld, since it was the same version ... :(
Dwlded, 'just in case' & yes there is in fact a new version, but can NOT find the release date anywhere!!
Lets see:
1) There is no way to know if there is a new version, either via changelog, nor via the dwld page: there is NO version number there either!!
2) From the program itself, there is NO way of knowing either, there is NO 'Check for New Version' on the 'Help/About' tab
3) In Preferences, I didn't see an Option to 'Check for New Version' on Start
So, what are we suppose to do? Dwld every month, ''Just-In-Case'' ??!!
Can you imagine if all installed programmes had this behaviour? The loss of time, the loss of bandwidth, and ... patience !!!

Can't you AT LEAST put the current version number besides the dwld button?!!!!
In the end, after all this, where can we find out if this version is or is not included w the license we purchased on Feb.2014?? Grrrr!!!!!

Peace ... even though ...
Jun 17 2015 at 5:52am Copy Link
Ray Newman Tortuga, Nice rant! :-)

I suppose we needed a good chewing out for not keeping that change log updated... We've updated the release notes for you and posted them to the website. Too late for you I realize, but maybe others will benefit. Thanks for pointing out the mistake.

As to your question about whether the current version is included… If you already have v2.x you're good to go, download the latest if you want. If you have v1.x, you'll need to upgrade to the current v2.x release.
Swooft Software, LLC - Jun 17 2015 at 5:29pm Copy Link
Tortuga @Ray Newman Hello :)
Yes indeed, twas a rant, the milder version of my first 2 drafts... You should have seen the smoke coming out of my ears :-) Went for a walk before the final one ;)

Thank you for your reply. I went to the changelog page, there is smtg I don't get ...
-My installed version is, so I know it exists, but there is no mention of that iteration on the page!?
And, I'm still hoping, at some point, to have DATES!! Pretty PLEASE??!!

I buy LOTS of progs here, not bc I need it, most I never even use, but to encourage independent developers.
From all those I've bought (and actually use!), 3 Devs stand out on their approach to changelogs w dates(!), upgrade info, license clarity:
-HDD Sentinel, Process Lasso, XYPlorer. They are outstanding!
Process Lasso even has a built-in function, to determine eligibility to the nw version *prior* to updating.
I mean, everything is so smooth, it's a pleasure dealing w these cies,
Just saying ... ;)

K, stopping now, sorry for the long winded post ...
Peace! [w-out reservations :-) ]
Jun 18 2015 at 5:31pm Copy Link
Ray Newman Release 2.1 was mislabeled, should have been We had a few minor bug fixes before releasing. Thanks again.
Swooft Software, LLC - Jun 18 2015 at 6:16pm Copy Link
J Hi Ray,

As Tortuga so rightly requests... please include dates on your 'Release Notes' page.

And include a 'Check for updates' button.

You already have 'Activate, Upgrade and Release License' buttons. A 'Check for updates' button shouldn't be too difficult.

Also, I purchased, installed and activated DiskFerret Pro 2 many months ago. On the Help | About screen, it still reads 'Installed for 0 days'.

Huh??? I installed it last year.

Jun 19 2015 at 5:15am Copy Link
Nigel Blumenthal Mine also claims it's been installed for zero days, although I know I've used DF quite a lot over the last year or so...

Re-appearance on BDJ often prompts users to check whether they have the latest version, which I just did, and mine is also at I echo the comments about ease of at least checking whether there's an update available.

However, I also have to add that I find DF an exceptionally useful utility; I'm able to easily see clumps of files occupying too much space, and locate areas of my increasingly crowded hard drive that are ripe for pruning. It's one of the utilities that I would put on my "must-have" list.
Jun 19 2015 at 7:04am Copy Link
Jeffrey Krzysztow So I downloaded and installed the trial. Each time I run a scan on my C: drive, I get told the JVM has stopped after about 17 seconds of scanning.

Jun 19 2015 at 7:47am Copy Link
Ray Newman Nigel, Thanks for the kind words. After being scolded by a few folks here we definitely have a ToDo item to make checking for updates automatic. The best way to help me make that happen is to tell others if you like DiskFerret so that we can afford to add those types of nicities.

I'll check into the zero days issue. I believe that should not be displaying once the system is licensed, as we only display it for folks to know how long they been evaluating the software.
Swooft Software, LLC - Jun 19 2015 at 8:31am Copy Link
Ray Newman Jeffrey, Support will contact you...
Swooft Software, LLC - Jun 19 2015 at 8:33am Copy Link
Mappi75 Is still Java Runtime enviroment needed ?

Jun 19 2015 at 9:26am Copy Link
Ray Newman Yes, A Java Runtime is needed.
Swooft Software, LLC - Jun 19 2015 at 9:35am Copy Link
Tortuga @Ray Newman Hello :)
Thank you for correcting the changelog.
Dates, don't forget to add DATES !!! !!! While waiting for the upgrade button, with dates we can know, at a glance, if we need to dwld or not. Pliiiizzze!

Yes, I also hv that "0 Days" thing on my About tab, though was installed ±Oct.2014. Sorry, forgot to mention it.

Jun 20 2015 at 3:12am Copy Link
David Gilmour When I try to evaluate the scheduling feature, the application instructs me to install and start DiskFerret service. When I follow the dialogue to do that, the result is the message, "Unknown error, the DiskFerret service did not install". I have filled in the machine name, username and password fields correctly. Is this caused by the feature being unavailable in the trial version?
Dec 2 2015 at 7:33am Copy Link
Ray Newman David, The scheduling feature is available in the trial version. Support will contact you and work through the issue.
Swooft Software, LLC - Dec 2 2015 at 7:59am Copy Link
J Hello Ray,

Are you still actively developing DiskFerret? It seems like there hasn't been an update in a while.

DiskFerret is a very nice program but I wish it would:

1. maintain a 'maximized' window between sessions
2. have a 'check for updates' button within the program
3. have a link to website within the 'Help' menu
4. have a 'version history' on website
5. fix the 'installed for 0 days' bug within the Help|About menu
6. fix other various bugs

I hope you continue developing this nice program. It would be great to have the above items fixed or addressed.

Thank you.
Dec 2 2015 at 8:24am Copy Link
Ray Newman Thanks for the feedback. We are still actively developing DiskFerret but have been busy with several other projects recently. We are currently in the process of converting DiskFerret to .NET to eliminate the need for Java.

We'll add a couple of todo items based on your suggestions.
A "check for updates" feature is already on our todo list as well as the 0 days issue.
There is a release notes page on the website, available via a link on the download page.
Swooft Software, LLC - Dec 2 2015 at 8:38am Copy Link
David Gilmour @Ray, thanks. As advised by Support, trying again while running DiskFerret 'as Administrator' solved the problem.
Dec 2 2015 at 9:19am Copy Link
Tortuga @Ray Hello :)
Just wanted to say ««Thank You»» for cleaning up the changelog pg, and [of course ;) ] mostly for the DATES !!!!!!!!! Finally (doing the happy dance)
Well done !!
So, NO more scoldings from me ... :D

-By converting to .NET, will there now be a Portable vs available?! Pliiiizz !?!

A great New Year to you & family
Dec 2 2015 at 5:37pm Copy Link
Ray Newman Tortuga, Sorry, no plans for a portable version with the .NET conversion. Now, if folks were willing to pay a premium for portability...

(probably means they are professional IT).

Lets take a poll. Who's willing to pay more a portable version of DiskFerret?
Swooft Software, LLC - Dec 2 2015 at 6:21pm Copy Link
Tortuga @Ray Hi again
No, no IT Pro here, just prefer to have all my apps on my external HDD's PortableApps Suite. I've been moving ALL my apps to portable or finding alternatives that are, and only buy those that offer portable versions.

Well now, that's not a fair poll ... depends on 'how much' more, right? If I need to mortgage the house versus a couple of dollars more, makes a *big* difference !! ;)
Dec 2 2015 at 8:25pm Copy Link
Michael R. Thanks for honring former customers by offering discounted upgrades.

This should be standard for BDJ-offers and not a nice exception!!
May 12 2016 at 6:44pm Copy Link
Janet Browne Together again
May 14 2016 at 1:56am Copy Link
Nigel Blumenthal I already have Is this the current version and do I need to upgrade with this offer? Thanks.
May 15 2016 at 3:38am Copy Link
Ray Newman Nigel is the latest version.
Swooft Software, LLC - May 15 2016 at 5:37am Copy Link
Kokoro Fasching The 9.95 is for the Professional version, correct?
May 15 2016 at 5:57am Copy Link
Ray Newman Kokoro, 9.95 for the professional version is correct.
Swooft Software, LLC - May 15 2016 at 6:19am Copy Link
Brian W I agree with Michael R. !
"Thanks for honoring former customers by offering discounted upgrades.
This should be standard for BDJ-offers and not a nice exception!!"
May 15 2016 at 11:36am Copy Link
Ray Newman Brian & Michael, Thank you for the kind words. It's our pleasure to offer loyal customers a discount from time to time. I must say we've had a lot of customers take us on the offer today. Thanks! P.S. If you're satisfied with DiskFerret and feel like it provides value please tell your friends and colleagues to visit BitsDuJour today.
Swooft Software, LLC - May 15 2016 at 11:45am Copy Link
Leland User I purchased DiskFerret the last time it was offered on BJD (Ver 1). I'm a little confused about today's offer, specifically the Upgrade ($4) and the Professional Version ($5). I don't think (but I cannot recall for sure) when I got it before if there was a Pro version or just a standard one. If I want the Pro features do I only need to buy today's $5 option? Or did I get the Pro version before and only need the upgrade? Thanks!
May 15 2016 at 1:40pm Copy Link
Ray Newman Leland User, We only started offering the personal edition (in addition to professional) with v2, so any upgrade from v1 is an upgrade to v2 DiskFerret Professional. The last time DiskFerret was offered on BDJ was v2 so if you're not sure of which version you own check the about box, or you can email with your activation key and we'll look it up for you.
Swooft Software, LLC - May 15 2016 at 2:51pm Copy Link
Ronn Blankenship Hi,

I received an earlier e-mail from DiskFerret advising me of today's BDJ offer and telling me I could enter my old activation code (which they provided in the e-mail) to get the $4 upgrade. Unfortunately, I can't find any trace of the old version on this machine: it looks like it may have been lost during that period around a year or so ago when three systems crashed in fairly short order. Can I still take advantage of this offer by using the old code or will I have to use the $9.95 offer?
May 15 2016 at 5:35pm Copy Link
Ray Newman Ronn, I responded to your email but will repeat here for others benefit.

Sure, you can still take advantage of the upgrade offer. Just click on the DiskFerret Upgrade to version 2.x link and enter your old activation key in the order screen. Additionally, there is no requirement for the older version to be resident in order to install the use the latest version once you receive a new activation code.
Swooft Software, LLC - May 15 2016 at 5:41pm Copy Link
Ralph Bates III I ordered this using PayPal and I haven't received an activation code yet since 2:45 PM.
May 15 2016 at 10:19pm Copy Link
mix624 I bought it, started it and got a message that I needed Java update which I already done just rrecently. Still did it but the only thing I get up is the icon for the program and then nothing alse happen. Probably need to contact support before even have the program up and running. Frustrating to say the least, so tired having to contact support for reasons like this.

Win 7 (64)
May 16 2016 at 2:38am Copy Link
Bjondc I have DF as an upgrade from an earlier BdJ promo -- is this the current version offered here?

I activated the license from the upgrade OK -- so why does the "About" (DiskFerret Prof box mention "installed for 0 days"? I did install it yesterday (I'd forgotten all about it since suddenly getting a new PC when old one died) -- is that what the "0" means?
Nov 26 2016 at 10:26am Copy Link
Ray Newman is the current version. The intent for the # of days installed was to let evaluation users know how many days they had used DiskFerret before their 30 days expired. Once licensed it (mistakenly) always displays 0 days.
Swooft Software, LLC - Nov 26 2016 at 10:50am Copy Link
Bjondc Thank you for the clarification.
Nov 26 2016 at 11:27am Copy Link
Gary Smith The software developer has a Professional edition, a Personal edition, a Lite edition, and a Free edition.

Even though the word "Professional" is not used in the title, the regular price of $50 implies that the Professional edition is being offered here.

Nowhere on this offer, nor on the Disk Ferret website does it state what the current version is (no changelog or version information provided). The only hint is the upgrade from 1.x to version 2.x. Thanks to a user question, the current version is now known to be version

A version number and changelog, plus a proper title in the offering would help potential buyers a lot. I like to see how long a product has been around, and how often updates have been made (all from the changelog). That information along with a clear update/upgrade policy (provided in the Fine Print) helps me to make a purchase decision.
Nov 26 2016 at 1:31pm Copy Link
Ray Newman The changelog for DiskFerret is here:
A link to this page is on our download page:

The upgrade policy is defined in the "Fine Print" section on the BitsDuJour offer page.

If you have any other questions or comments regarding the offer please let us know.
Swooft Software, LLC - Nov 26 2016 at 1:53pm Copy Link
Stephen Warkentien I have a license for version 1. I would like to update to version 2 professional. I read in a previous comment that an upgrade to version 2 is an update to version 2 professional.

Should I choose the upgrade to version 2 ($4) or upgrade to professional ($5)?

Thank you. Stephen
Nov 26 2016 at 2:53pm Copy Link
Ray Newman All version 1 licenses were considered Professional, so you should upgrade to version 2 and that will get you version 2 professional.
Swooft Software, LLC - Nov 26 2016 at 4:48pm Copy Link
Chuck The last update was April 2015. What, if anything, is being done to update this software to compete with similar software?
May 17 2017 at 2:20pm Copy Link
Ray Newman We are currently porting the application to .NET and adding a few new capabilities. Suggestions on new features are always welcome.
Swooft Software, LLC - May 17 2017 at 5:13pm Copy Link
Ray Newman Yes it does.
Swooft Software, LLC - May 18 2017 at 5:09am Copy Link
CFGuy Question for Swooft Software Rep (or anyone knowledgeable about the program): Regarding licensing- EULA states "DiskFerret Professional is licensed per user … each license allows installation on 3 computers, but DiskFerret Professional may not be used at exactly the same time on each of them." However, on DiskFerret product website, its states [DiskFerret Professional] "continuously Monitor Drives." If the program does indeed "continuously Monitor Drives", how can it be installed (simultaneously) on up to 3 computers, but not be used at the same time? I'm assuming that the programs continuous monitoring of drives is exempt from being classified as "program use", and therefore a consumer could still have the program installed on 3 computers (simultaneously) and not run into problems with the "continuous disk monitoring" function. Am I correct? Also, the website mentions that the program provides "File Ownership Analysis". Does the program also allow a user to change file ownership properties (a task that I have found extremely frustrating in Windows 7 and later versions)? Having a program that would allow modifying file ownership values (more easily than done through Windows) would be a real plus. Thanks so much for addressing my concerns. -Cfguy.
May 21 2017 at 4:46am Copy Link
Gonzo Can I use the "Upgrade DiskFerret Personal to DiskFerret Professional ($10)" to upgrade the Personal edition that was given away for free here at BDJ previously?
May 21 2017 at 10:15am Copy Link
Ray Newman CFGuy, Yes the continuous monitoring is exempt from the same time use statement. The general idea is that you should not be running the program interactively on different computers at the same time. Scheduled task and tack running from task manager are exempt.

We don't have a way to change the ownership. Sounds like that would be a good feature addition in a future release. We'll take a look at that.
Swooft Software, LLC - May 21 2017 at 11:44am Copy Link
Ray Newman Gonzo, Take a look at the about box for the version you are running. If it's 1.x, you can upgrade to v2 Upgrade DiskFerret Personal to DiskFerret Professional ($10). (All 1.x versions were considered Professional.) If you are running v2 Personal you upgrade to professional with the DiskFerret Professional Upgrade to version 2.x ($8) link.
Swooft Software, LLC - May 21 2017 at 11:47am Copy Link

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