disk utilities

DescExt – added 7/19/2006

DescExt is an extension to the Windows 9x/ME or Windows NT 4/2000 explorer to show 4DOS descriptions. It hooks into the context menu and the property sheet of any file or folder of any explorer window. You can edit the description in the Description tab of the property sheet. If there is a description available, DescExt shows it in quotation marks in the context menu.

Virtual CloneDrive – added 2/23/2006

Virtual CloneDrive enables you to deploy CD/DVD applications from your hard disk with no more need for the use of physical CD/DVD drives, or even the actual CD/DVD media. Virtual CloneDrive works and behaves just like a physical DVD drive, although it only exists virtually.

WinImage – added 5/26/2005

WinImage enables users to create disk images from removable drive (like USB drive), CD-ROM, floppy disks. The WinImage disk cloning utility can extract files from image files, create empty image files, write the image files on blank floppy disks, and more! WinImage also supports many different standard and non-standard image formats, including the Microsoft DMF format.

TreeCopy – added 3/10/2005

TreeCopy gives one a cloning utility that will allow you to select the “from directory” and “into directory”, and it will proceed to copy ONLY the directory structure. The utility is bundled with functionality such as a command line interface, calculate directories, Windows XP look and more.

USBDLM – added 1/26/2006

USBDLM functions as a USB Drive Letter Manager utility that enables to define a list of drive letters to use for new removable drives. When a removable drive (USB flash drive, card reader, harddisk) is attached for the first time, Windows mounts it to the first free drive letter. You can change the letter in the Windows Disk Management Console with a lot of mouse clicks but you have to do it again for every new device.

vSubst – added 1/19/2006

vSubst creates drive-letters for any folders on your harddisk. Useful to create virtual drives e.g. on laptops. It allows easy removal of all virtual folders (= Visual 32-Bit-SUBST-Command).

Virtual Drives Manager – added 2/27/2005

The Virtual Drives Manager is a disk management tool which lets you to define, redefine and delete the virtual drives in your file system.

vSubst – added 7/13/2005

vSubst creates a virtual drive for any folder easily. You can use the new drive as if it were a physical drive. Virtual drives are removed automatically on Windows shutdown or are permanently recreated each time Windows starts. Useful to create virtual drives on laptops as well.

Microsoft Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel – added 8/20/2005

This undocumented application from MS is a virtual CD-ROM drive to mount ISO image files. You use the drive letter as if it were a local CD-ROM device. When you are finished you may unmount, stop, and remove the driver from memory using the driver control.

Cooperative Linux – added 9/13/2005

Cooperative Linux is the first working open source method for optimally running Linux on Microsoft Windows natively. More generally, Cooperative Linux (short-named coLinux) is a port of the Linux kernel that allows it to run cooperatively alongside another operating system on a single machine. For instance, it allows one to freely run Linux on Windows 2000/XP, without using a commercial PC virtualization software such as VMware, in a way which is much more optimal than using any general purpose PC virtualization software.

Parallel Port Customizer – added 10/28/2005

Parallel Port Customizer can control an external electronic device using his PC. It can use the single pins of a parallel port to turn on / off those tiny devices like transistors, for eg. It comes with the DLL as well, so that programmers can implement Parallel Port Customizer’s functionality in their own applications!

Bochs – added 1/21/2006

Bochs offers a highly portable open source IA-32 (x86) PC emulator written in C++, that runs on most popular platforms. It includes emulation of the Intel x86 CPU, common I/O devices, and a custom BIOS. Bochs can be compiled and used in a variety of modes, some which are still in development. The ‘typical’ use of bochs is to provide complete x86 PC emulation, including the x86 processor, hardware devices, and memory. This allows you to run OS’s and software within the emulator on your workstation, much like you have a machine inside of a machine. For instance, let’s say your workstation is a Unix/X11 workstation, but you want to run Win’95 applications. Bochs will allow you to run Win 95 and associated software on your Unix/X11 workstation, displaying a window on your workstation, simulating a monitor on a PC.

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