Running AES Drive

AES Drive allows defining drives, managing drives, and controlling when drives are attached to the system. Processes can interact with the drives just like any other drive.

The application can be started directly from the application's main window or via the command line. Please take a look at the Quick Start Guide for a step-by-step introduction. Drives may be managed from the Drives tab (see Drive Management for more information).


The buttons in the main application window or the context menu in the System Tray may be used to manage the application. To start the enabled drives, click the Start button. Once started, the options to Stop or Restart the application are enabled. Unmount all drives by clicking the Stop button.

All the configured drives will be displayed in list of drives. Click Save Changes to store changes across stopping and starting. For more information on configuring a drive please see the Drive Configuration topic.

Starting as a Windows Service

Running as a Windows Service is disabled in AES Drive. Mounted drives are only visible to the user who started the application. See Drive Accessibility for more information.

Command Line Parameters

The application may also be controlled via the command line. The command line values allow management of the application from unattended configurations such as scripts. The following command line parameters are available:

/stop Disconnects all drives and then exits the application
/start Starts the application. Drives are not automatically mounted.
/start uimin Starts the application minimized. Drives are not automatically mounted.
/currentuser Launches AES Drive using the current user's token (even if the calling program is running with administrative privileges).
/start /drive DRIVE_NAME /password DRIVE_PASSWORD Starts the application and mounts the drive with the specified password. Multiple drives may be mounted by specifying multiple /drive and /password pairs. For instance: /start /drive mydrive1 /password mypassword1 /drive mydrive2 /password mypassword2
/stop /drive DRIVE_NAME /password DRIVE_PASSWORD Disconnects specified drive. Multiple drives may be disconnected by specifying multiple pairs of flags. For instance: /stop /drive mydrive1 /password mypassword1 /drive mydrive2 /password mypassword2

Encrypted File Details

Each file added to the drive will be encrypted then stored at the specified location in AESD format. See AESD File Format for more information.

The encrypted versions of the files (files that end with the .aesd extension) may be transferred between systems or backed up to another location. Files can be decrypted on any system as long as the correct password is entered for the drive.

Double clicking any encrypted file (files the end with the .aesd extension) will mount the appropriate drive and open an Explorer window with the decrypted file selected.

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