Highly customizable, informative & powerful device menu
Unlike native safe removal tool's menu it shows you device drive sizes and empty space,
device icons, lets you customize anything, and gives much more abilities at
your fingertips: you can
stop or browse drives in a click, quickly launch portable applications,
speed test your drives, scan for hardware changes, stop all devices at once
and many more.
Stopping via "disabling" for SATA drives
Some kinds of external devices (e.g. SATA drives from Silicon Image), are true hot-plug devices. However, their drivers do not support the "safe removal" function. Such devices are not displayed in the native safe removal tool and can be stopped only via disabling in the Device Manager. It is a tiresome way, because it requires many actions to do, moreover you must enable the device manually after you connect it next time.
Not only does Zentimo allow you to stop such devices, it also detects automatically what devices must be "safely removed" and which devices must be "disabled." Also, the program enables the "disabled" device automatically on its next connection, thus it makes working with the device absolutely the same as with a usual device.
Keyboard shortcuts for stopping\returning
Like to do everything using the keyboard? Now you can stop and view devices with only ONE hotkey! No need to remember keyboard shortcuts for each device. Being in any application, press the key combination (Win+S by default) and you will see the stop menu. Use the Up\Down Arrow keys to select the device you need and either press Enter to stop it or Ctrl B to view the contents of a device disk.
Also you can assign a dedicated hotkey to stop a certain device or even all devices at once.
Return stopped device back
After you had stopped the device, but still did not unplug it, sometimes it is quite useful to return it back into the system. For example if you remembered that you forgot to write a file to the external drive. In order to do it, you have to physically reconnect the device, however sometimes it's quite inconvenient to do, e.g. if the device is connected to the rear panel of the computer.
Display processes preventing device from being stopped
Ever encountered the situation when Windows does not allow you to remove a device? Unlike Windows, Zentimo will show you the programs which prevent the device from being stopped and let you close these programs or just the files they opened on the device.
Forced device stopping
Even if there are opened programs on the device
Zentimo can still forcedly stop the device
by wisely unlocking file processes and
by unloading the programs launched from the drive.
Ejecting memory cards rather than the card reader
If you had safely removed a card reader, you would need
to physically reconnect it in order to make it work with cards again (or to use "Return device back" feature of the program). In the case of two or more memory cards connected to the card reader at the same time, they all become unavailable in the system after you stop the card reader. Zentimo lets you eject memory cards one-by-one. Moreover, if the memory card was locked by any processes, the program would display these "locking" processes as well as it does on failure to stop a whole device.
Support of USB, SATA, Firewire devices
Zentimo supports all kinds of hotplug devices.
If it does not display the device you need,
try enabling the "Display all storage devices"
checkbox in the program options.
Power off drives on stopping in Vista & Win 7
When you safely remove the device in Windows XP it powers the device off – in case of a flash drive its led was switched off and in case of a portable hard drive it was spun down. But Microsoft changed this behavior in Vista and it still exists in Win 7: after you stop the device on these OSes the hard drive continue spinning and flash drive continue lighting. All modern hard drives park theirs heads automatically when you unplug them so in theory this behavior shouldn’t lead to data looses or drive damages. But in practice the hard drive usually sound strangely when you unplug them on run and this makes a hard drive owner being a bit nervous when he hears that.
If you wish to power off your drives after their stopping go to the Program Options and enable the “Power off the device after the device stopping” option.
Then reboot the computer and enjoy the desired behavior of your drives.
Program autorun on device insertion\stopping
Another Zentimo's feature that distinguishes it from similar software is
ability to start any applications not only after connecting a device, but
also before its removal. The autorun feature allows you to set up data
backup before disconnecting a removable hard drive,
run Total Commander with the contents of the pen-drive,
automatically unmount an encrypted TrueCrypt drive
before disconnecting the USB media, etc.
Strong TrueCrypt integration
Your TrueCrypt containers that are stored on external drives can be handled like
a part of the device: you can see them on the device menu, they can be
automatically mounted\dismounted on device connection\disconnection and
even if a program prevents TrueCrypt volume from being stopped Zentimo
allows you to see and unlock such programs.
Lets you stop autorun viruses
One of the most requested features for Zentimo was an ability to
fight with Autorun viruses. We do not want to compete with antivirus
software so we decided to add a dumb but a hundred-percent
guaranteed way to get rid of autorun viruses on your computer: option to fully
disable native Windows autorun & autoplay features. Autorun viruses infect your computer through windows autorun & autoplay so by disabling them fully the autorun viruses just won't run.