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This free app will surely be a gem for any information-bearing geek out there. Not only is Drive Manager free, but it’s also portable… that’s a combination we don’t see nearly enough. Once you get it up and running you’ll be presented with a simple interface outlining all the drives mapped to your machine (both local and network). When possible it gives details like the manufacturer, revision number, serial number, and other details that will help you identify exactly what a particular drive is. If a drive is S.M.A.R.T. enabled it will also be able to provide diagnostic information letting you know if any part of the drive is failing.

Drive Manager isn’t a one-trick pony though. It can also do some other cool things like hide (not unmount) a drive from Windows Explorer, or even assign a drive letter to a local folder for faster access. Here’s a more detailed feature list:

  • Hide / Unhide drives from explorer.
  • Create / Remove a substitute drive letter for a local folder.
  • % Free column.
  • Hard disk serial number
  • CD ROM Doors open + close.
  • Lock / Unlock CD ROM / DVD drives.
  • Not mounted drives listed in grey with disks not inserted.
  • Time and date.
  • Map / Disconnect network drives.
  • See drives which are hidden.
  • Drive properties dialog on right click.
  • Hidden drives displayed in blue.
  • Launch Windows Search
  • Drives with less than 5% available are displayed in red.
  • Vendor details: Vendor Name, Product Id, Revision, Vendor Spec

I’d say it’s definitely worth the download whether you plan on using it now or not. The portable version is so small that it will take up a negligible amount of space on a USB drive, and you never know when you’ll want to have something like this around.

Drive Manager Homepage (Windows only; freeware; portable)
[via gHacks]