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Zentimo is a specialized application that helps you manage your USB and SATA connected devices. While Windows built-in function for this purpose just allows you to safely remove a connected device -in most cases-, Zentimo offers you a wide range of possibilities to work with that kind of devices, from forcing them to stop and disconnect to creating customized quick launch menus for each device.
The program is installed as an icon in your system notification area, and replaces the Windows default one. From now on, you will be notified each time a USB device (e.g. a pen drive) is plugged-in or removed from your PC. If you click on the program's icon, you will see the list of all your connected devices, being you able to know their capacity, usage and available space at a glance. Besides, with one click you can browse their contents, securely disconnect them, or return them back if anyone was disconnected by mistake. From this list you can also create or modify the quick launch menu for each device which, in turn, enables you to have a customized list of programs or commands, ready to be executed, whenever you connect that specific device. On top of that, you also have a menu for each device that allows you to perform more actions like hiding it, managing encrypted volumes (created with TrueCrypt, VeraCrypt or CipherShed), test the drive's speed and display its basic and advanced properties. Note that Zentimo also recognizes hidden devices, and you can enable or disable their listing too.
In addition to all of that, the program still offers even more advanced features. For example, if you try to disconnect a device that is blocked by one or more processes, the program lists them and allows you to stop any of them or close any open file forcibly. You can also use this tool to disconnect hot-plug SATA devices, a function that is usually not supported by Windows standard drivers. Furthermore, Zentimo recognizes card readers and allows you to deal with their inserted memory cards directly and independently. To top it all off, you have keyboard shortcuts that allow you to disconnect or reconnect any of your USB/SATA devices almost effortlessly.
In conclusion, if you usually work with pen drives, flash memories, SD cards, hot-plug SATA drives and similar devices, my recommendation would be to try Zentimo and test all its powerful features, as surely you will be surprised. You can test the program for 30 days before needing to make a buying decision.
- Lists and depicts basic info about all your plugged-in devices
- Reconnects previously disconnected devices
- Forces a device to stop by closing its blocking processes
- Creates a customized quick launch menu for each available device
- Disconnects hot-plug SATA devices
- Manages encrypted volumes
- Recognizes card readers and hidden devices
- No drawbacks found in this review