DriveSort v1.242

billon on 16 Sep 2018
  • 198KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 15 Sep 2018
  • Suggested by MarkB / tls

DriveSort directly reads directory tables of FAT12/FAT16/FAT32 formatted volumes, allowing users to view file listings in the order they were written.

Recent operating systems re-sort file lists before display, either by name, by size, or by whatever the user chooses. However, the firmware of playing devices -- like small MP3 players, for example -- sometimes behaves differently, mostly because they lack necessary resources (CPU, memory), a problem developers usually solve by dis/playing files in the order they are written on the storage medium -- normally, the order they were added.

Additionally, DriveSort is able to change that ordering, making itself useful for re-arranging movies, series episodes, audio or picture files on FATx formatted media; afterwards, players will be able to reproduce files in the expected sequence.

Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Wine
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Administrator rights
The latest x86 Visual C++ redistributable components
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch DriveSort.exe.
What's new? See:

7 comments on DriveSort  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

tls 2014-06-24 14:11

@Midas thanks for the changes :)


tls 2014-06-24 11:01

as the author has said
"...this tool requires admin rights since it interacts with the sorted disk partition"
if you get an "access denied" error
then it means that another program is accessing your usb
you could probably use unlocker to determine what other program is accessing your usb

best practice:
i would NOT use this on my 500gb external HD
unless i'm darned sure i can restore it's contents
i only use this on my 32 gb usb's (containing copies of my video files)
while my original files stay safe on my 500gb external HD


tls 2014-06-23 14:01

@Midas could you kindly add "sort pictures for vacation slide shows on tv"

@Anerty sent email for suggestion on google search terms for search engine optimization.


Anerty 2014-06-23 12:59

Nice to see DriveSort here, though I'm not sure it qualifies as truly portable since it will attempt to save some settings in a file named DriveSort.ini on exit, so someone should probably change "Writes settings to: None" to something reflecting that.

Also, this tool requires admin rights since it interacts with the sorted disk partition directly to persist the sort order and to change short file names when in playlist mode.


Midas 2014-06-23 10:14

@Napiophelios: I agree. Changed.

As previously noted, not the same program as ...


Napiophelios 2014-06-23 02:19

This should be under System - Storage apps category.


donald 2014-06-23 00:41

Many people have asked me how to sort music into a playlist. I have mentioned making an .M3U file, and the many audio players which can create playlists and SPlayListMaker etc. This is the first application I have seen so far for mp3 players which do not use playlists.(m3u files etc)


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