Drive-Thru is a portable disk management software for Windows. The software offers direct disk related configuration changes in an easy to use interface.
The program displays different options on the startup window, and in three other tabs. In the drive security tab it is possible to hide drives from the computer, lock drives and disallow autorun for specific drive letters. Autorun can also be disabled for drive types, with individual options available for USB Flash Disk / floppy disk, hdd hard disk drives, CD and DVD drives and RAM disks.
It is for instance possible to hide drive a from being displayed in Windows, especially if that drive is not even available in the operating system. Note, Windows 7 does that automatically as it hides drives without medium automatically.
The drive substitution tab offers to set drive letters to folders of the operating system with the option to perform the operation on every start of the system. It performs the same operation as the subst command line tool.
Drive monitoring supposedly allows a user to monitor selected drives. This threw some error messages on our Windows 7 64-bit test system. It may be incompatible with 64-bit systems and work fine with 32-bit systems. We had to kill the Drive-Thru process though because the monitoring could not be stopped, even though the controls to cancel and stop were displayed on the screen.
The final tab offers several features on one page. It can be used to configure drive labels and icons, display drive related information, convert drives to the NTFS file format, define if and how the drive letter shall be displayed, enable write protection for removable drives and select the drives that are accessible in drive explorer on the computer desktop.
Drive-Thru is an interesting portable program for Windows, that can aid the user in configuring various drive related settings. We would recommend to stay away from the drive monitoring feature though, as it seems to be buggy at this time. There are other programs that work better and without errors. (via JKWebTalks)
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