desk drive.pngOne of the features that Mac and Linux users alike are accustomed to is having shortcuts to any connected drives sitting on their desktop. It provides a quick and painless way for you to access USB drives, memory cards, cameras, and anything else that you connect to your computer.

Windows users can get the shortcuts on their desktop as well with a handy little application called Desk Drive (from the same people who created FreeSnap). With it you can automatically add desktop shortcuts for any external devices and media, including networked locations. You can also specify drive letters that you want to be excluded.

This is really a feature that you’ll either love or hate. Personally I like keeping my desktop as tidy as possible, and don’t place many shortcuts on it. If you frequently access an external drive this could be useful to you, but for me it’s just added clutter.

The only bad thing is that Desk Drive always needs to be running in order for it to work. It stays tucked away in the System Tray, but it does eat about 12MB of memory while running. Not a whole lot, but enough to make you think twice about using it. You might be better suited to just create shortcuts to your drives the old fashioned way, but that doesn’t work so well if you have multiple devices that always get assigned different drive letters.

Desk Drive [via Freeware Genius]