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Should I remove MacDrive 8?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
7% remove it93% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #14,183
United States Rank #15,559
Reach 0.0205%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 21.73 days
641.05 days >
Average installed length: 336.82 days


VersionDistribution 30.20% 12.38% 37.38% 6.19% 6.68% 0.25% 6.93%

MacDrive 8


MacDrive 8 is a software program developed by Mediafour. The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The setup package generally installs about 22 files and is usually about 12.96 MB (13,588,992 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 7. While about 36% of users of MacDrive 8 come from the United States, it is also popular in France and Italy.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.mediafour.com/macdrive
Help link: www.mediafour.com/support/macdrive
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\mediafour\macdrive 8
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{954AB6B3-B4B4-43C0-9355-DE8A888446D4}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 12.96 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by MacDrive 8

  • mdtimemachine.dll - Mediafour MacDrive 8
  • macdrapi.dll - Mediafour MacDrive (MacDrive API)
  • macdrive.exe - MacDrive application
  • macdrive8service.exe - MacDrive service
  • macdriveservice.exe
  • mdbinhex.exe - BinHex Application (MacDrive BinHex Application)
  • mdcdburn.exe - Mediafour MacDrive CD/DVD Creator
  • mddiskimage.exe - MacDrive Disk Image Mounter
  • mddiskmanager.exe - Mediafour MacDrive Disk Manager
  • mdgetstarted.exe - Get Started with MacDrive
  • mdmacapp.exe - Mac Application warning
  • mdoptions.dll - MacDrive Options
  • mdoptions.exe
  • mdshell.dll - MacDrive Shell Extensions
  • mdvolumerepair.exe - MacDrive Volume Repair
  • deactivate macdrive 8.exe - MacDrive 8
  • mdvolumeicons.dll - volume
  • m4taskdialog.dll - Mediafour Task Dialog
  • mdincludemaclibraries.exe
  • repair macdrive 8.exe
  • uninstall macdrive 8.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Autoplay Handler
  • mdcdburn.exe is registered as an AutoPlay event handler named 'MacDrive8BurnDVDOnArrival' with the ProgID of 'MacDrive.BurnCD.8' and the action verb 'burn.
Context Menu Handler
  • mdshell.dll added as a content menu within Windows Explorer with the class {3B11977A-B184-4E26-996A-6F4560639214}.
2 Services
  • macdrive8service.exe runs as a service named 'MacDrive 8 service' (MacDrive8Service).
  • macdriveservice.exe runs as a service named 'MacDrive service' (MacDriveService).
2 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • mdgetstarted.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Getting started with MacDrive 8' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Mediafour\MacDrive 8\MDGetStarted.exe" /auto.
  • macdrive.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'MacDrive 8 application' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Mediafour\MacDrive 8\MacDrive.exe".

How do I remove MacDrive 8?

You can uninstall MacDrive 8 from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program MacDrive 8, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove MacDrive 8.

Win 7 (SP1) 78%
Win XP 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 7%
Keep it 93%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 88.61%
Windows 10 4.46%
Windows XP 4.46%
Windows Vista 2.48%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 41.09%
Windows 7 Home Premium 23.76%
Windows 7 Professional 22.52%
Microsoft Windows XP 4.46%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 1.98%
Windows 8 Pro 1.24%

Distribution by countryGeography

35.55% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 35.55%
  France 6.64%
  Italy 4.50%
  United Kingdom 4.50%
  Canada 4.07%
  Brazil 3.43%
  Spain 3.00%
  India 2.78%
  Germany 2.57%
  Netherlands 2.36%
  Taiwan 2.14%
  Australia 2.14%
  Portugal 1.50%
  Hong Kong 1.28%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 25.32%
Dell 20.17%
Acer 16.31%
ASUS 11.16%
Apple 5.15%
Intel 2.58%
Lenovo 2.58%
Toshiba 2.58%
Sahara 1.29%
Samsung 0.86%
Medion 0.86%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.07%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.07%
ASUS All Series 2.44%
Dell Dell System XPS L5... 2.44%
HP Pavilion dm4 Notebook ... 2.44%
Apple Inc. MacBookPro8,3 2.44%


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