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Google Drive Uploader & Explorer Tool v1.14 has been released!

Google Drive Uploader & Explorer Tool v1.14 has been released!

Hi everyone,

Today, I have released Google Drive Uploader & Explorer Tool v1.14:

Google Drive Uploader & Explorer Tool v1.14 (English)

This version has the following changes:

  • Added an Open button to go directly to a Folder ID.
  • Can now copy the folder name by clicking it.
  • Can now stop uploads.
  • Bug fixes.
  • Updated Google APIs.

You can download it on GitHub by clicking here.

Enjoy!

Google Drive Uploader & Explorer Tool v1.13 has been released!

Google Drive Uploader & Explorer Tool v1.13 has been released!

Hi everyone,

Today, I have released Google Drive Uploader & Explorer Tool v1.13:

Google Drive Uploader & Explorer Tool v1.13 (English)

This version has the following changes:

  • Fixed the Raw download URL generation.
  • Added nested RAW download URL generation (CTRL + U on folders, or right-click and select the RAW Url option).
  • Added option to generate cURL script (Compatible with MSYS2 and WSL).
  • Updated Google APIs.

You can download it on GitHub by clicking here.

Enjoy!

The M Way External DVD Drive Teardown

The M Way External DVD Drive Teardown

Hi everyone,

In this post, I will be tearing down the M Way External DVD Drive.

This is a slim external CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo drive that can read and write CDs but can only read DVDs.

Let’s begin with the teardown.

First, we must remove 2 screws that are found on the back to open the drive enclosure:

M Way External DVD Drive - Colorful Flame Pattern - Teardown - 1

We can then open the enclosure:

We can see the DVD drive along with the board and USB Cable. We can also see that it seems that the USB cable is not actually soldered to the board.

Removing the DVD drive from the enclosure, we can see that the cable is in fact a Mini USB cable. This means the cable is not an actual USB 3.0 cable:

M Way External DVD Drive - Colorful Flame Pattern - Teardown - 4

The fact that the cable is not soldered to the board is good news for us since we could replace it if the original cable goes bad or we want to use another cable.

On the back of the drive, we can take a closer look at the USB board:

M Way External DVD Drive - Colorful Flame Pattern - Teardown - 5

Taking it off reveals a nice surprise:

M Way External DVD Drive - Colorful Flame Pattern - Teardown - 6

The board is a USB to PATA/IDE adapter. This is interesting and somewhat makes sense, since the drive is just a CD-RW/DVD Combo Drive, and back in the days, we could see tons of CD writers for laptops. It uses the Initio INIC-1511 IC.

Here, we can see the PATA/IDE conector of the drive:

M Way External DVD Drive - Colorful Flame Pattern - Teardown - 7

I decided to take off the sticker that it has on the top, revealing something more:

M Way External DVD Drive - Colorful Flame Pattern - Teardown - 8

The included TEAC DW-224E-C drive was manufactured in November 2005. This could mean they are recycling old DVD drives or using refurbished drives. If this is true, this is good news for the environment, since they are repurposing drives that are in working conditions.

Here, I have the original drive connected to my computer without the enclosure:

M Way External DVD Drive - Colorful Flame Pattern - Teardown - 9

Because the drive is basically an internal drive on an IDE to USB enclosure, we should be able to use it with other drives. I tested it with an old Optiarc AD-7561A drive. This drive is a CD/DVD writer with Lightscribe technology, which I haven’t used it for years:

M Way External DVD Drive - Colorful Flame Pattern - Teardown - 10

When I connected the drive to the board, and to the computer, it recognized it without any issues:

M Way External DVD Drive - Colorful Flame Pattern - Teardown - Optiarc Device Manager

And here we can see its capabilities as reported by ImgBurn:

M Way External DVD Drive - Colorful Flame Pattern - Teardown - Optiarc Capabilities

The Optiarc drive still works after a lot of years of not using it. This also means that we should be able to use other PATA/IDE drives with this particular USB board and exchange the original drive if it ever goes bad.

That’s basically it for this teardown. If you’re interested in getting this CD-RW/DVD drive, you can get it on Amazon here.

New Software Updates! (November 9, 2019)

New Software Updates! (November 9, 2019)

Hi everyone,

Today, I have released updates for the following software:

  • Audio MD5 Checker v0.2
  • Google Drive Uploader & Explorer Tool v1.12.1
  • Opus GUI v1.15

Audio MD5 Checker v0.2

Audio MD5 Checker v0.2
Audio MD5 Checker v0.2

This new version allows you to save the result list as a CSV file. It also now check if ffmpeg is present before showing the window.

Download this new version by clicking here.

Google Drive Uploader & Explorer Tool

Google Drive Uploader & Explorer Tool v1.12.1 (English)
Google Drive Uploader & Explorer Tool v1.12.1 (English)

This release updates the Google APIs and adds a missing translation.

Download this new version by clicking here.

Opus GUI v1.15

Opus GUI v1.15
Opus GUI v1.15

This new release updates the Google APIs to the latest version.

Download this new version by clicking here.

I hope you all enjoy all of these new software updates!

Google Drive Uploader & Explorer Tool v1.11 released!

Google Drive Uploader & Explorer Tool v1.11 released!

Hi everyone,

Today, I have released v1.11 of Google Drive Uploader & Explorer Tool:

Google Drive Uploader & Explorer Tool v1.11
Google Drive Uploader & Explorer Tool v1.11

This version improves the performance of the software, especially the browsing experience. The code has been reworked to provide a better experience and it also updates the Google APIs to their latest versions.

You can see the full changelog below:

  • Refactored code to improve performance and stability.
  • Updated Google APIs.
  • Disabled “Move” button when moving is in progress.
  • Now targets .NET Framework 4.8.

You can download this new version on GitHub by clicking here.

Enjoy!