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Drive Magic for Windows

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Key Details of Drive Magic

  • Sanitize, protect, and secure magnetic drives, USB drives, and camera cards.
  • Last updated on November 7, 2008
  • There have been 1 updates
  • Virus scan status:

    Clean (it's extremely likely that this software program is clean)


Editors' Review

Download.com staff

This program promises to be your very own disk drive maid service: It'll clean up all the loose bits and broken bytes left in the free, unwritten areas of your drives and make them shine. Well, perhaps not shine, but Drive Magic 5 does promise to clean any file residue left behind by Windows' notorious deletion process.

The interface is easy to follow, although the X icon for Sanitize can be a bit confusing, since it's the same as the Delete icon in Windows Explorer. Drive Magic does not delete anything from your hard drive. However, the cleaning process is slow, even on the fastest and least-intrusive setting. It took nearly an hour to scrub an 80 GB drive. The trial version is limited. It will only clean a drive labeled A, B, or C, so you can't easily clean external devices. The full version has five settings: basic, simple, secure, ultimate, and custom. There are also basic logging options and password protection.

Overall, the program interface is decent enough. Whether Drive Magic does as it promises or is just a glorified disk defragmenter is hard to discern.

What's new in version 5

This version is the first release on CNET Download.com.

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Full Specifications

GENERAL
Release
November 23, 2007
Latest update
November 7, 2008
Version
5
OPERATING SYSTEMS
Platform
Windows
Operating System
Windows NT, Windows Vista, Windows 10, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows ME, Windows 98
Additional Requirements
Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista
POPULARITY
Total Downloads
70,791
Downloads Last Week
0

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Developer's Description

Sanitize, protect, and secure magnetic drives, USB drives, and camera cards.

Sanitize, protect, and secure any magnetic drive or USB drive. The process of sanitizing a drive means overwriting each unused track several times to erase the data that was there. This applies to the free drive space only. Drive Magic will never harm your existing files like so many others. Drive Magic also now contains four patent pending sanitation methods which will clean, protect, and extend the life of any magnetic drive. Our state of the art sanitation process will also cap off remaining sectors and recondition the unused free drive space--this helps extend the life of the device. Sanitizing a drive using Drive Magic ensures that deleted files can never be recovered.

This version is the first release on CNET Download.com.