Utility for unlocking locked USB drives and removable media
Windows Vista / Windows XP / Windows 2000
Unlock Disk is a Windows app that can unlock removable media that’s previously been locked.
Unlock Disk is a tool for Windows that lets user unlock drives. The kind of drives that can usually be locked and are supported include USB flash drives, memory sticks and external hard drives. Like the old adage about door locks, locking drives in this manner is usually about keeping honest people honest, and this app makes it easy to unlock a drive that’s been locked in this way.
There’s a real benefit to a freeware program like this: It’s become increasingly common for various types of malware to lock USB flash drives and the like and hold them hostage. In such a situation, Unlock Disk works great. It loads quick, performs its operation fast and is quite stable and consistent.
It’s important to note that this isn’t a locking app. There are a number of paid solutions on the market that do that, and while those can unlock too, few of them are quite as simple and free as this approach. In fact, many professional solutions will prevent or at least make it difficult to unlock drives that weren’t locked by that particular program.
The one downside to this app is that the language is Spanish, and no translations are included. This isn’t a deal-breaker since there’s only a few buttons to navigate, but it is a hassle for those of us who don’t speak the language.