How to activate software

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MacDrive can be used for a five day trial period without activating. After that time, the software must be activated in order to continue using the features of MacDrive.

Activating requires a valid MacDrive serial number. If you have not yet purchased MacDrive, please visit our online store to purchase. You can also purchase an upgrade from a prior version of MacDrive.

MacDrive will prompt you to activate, but you can also open the Activation Wizard anytime by going to Start > All Programs > MacDrive  > Activate MacDrive.

– If you have access to the Internet, simply enter your serial number and select “Activate now through the Internet”.

– If you do not have access to the Internet on this computer, but have access on another computer, you can choose “Show other activation options” and select “Activate on the MacDrive website”. You can use the serial number, along with the computer ID displayed on this screen, to activate on our web site.

There are two activation forms depending on which product and version of MacDrive you have:

Current Offline Activation (MacDrive 9 and 10 Standard and Pro and Disk Aware)

Legacy Offline Activation  (MacDrive 8)

The activation wizard will always give you the correct link for your version.  We recommend using the URL from the activation wizard for that reason.  Using the webform, you will receive an activation code that you can use to activate MacDrive.

– If you do not have access to the Internet at all, you can choose “Show other activation options” and select “Activate by phone” and call us using the dialing instructions provided. We are happy to assist you with activation. You may also submit a support ticket and we will send you an activation code via email. Please be sure to include your serial number and computer ID.

– If you continue to have trouble activating, or your serial number is not accepted, please continue to our Knowledgebase article regarding OWC software activation problems.


Prior versions

The same steps will work to activate MacDrive 7 and 8.  Please note that you will need a serial number for that version; for example, a MacDrive 10 Standard serial number can be only used to activate MacDrive 10 Standard, and will not work to activate other versions, such as MacDrive 9 Pro, MacDrive 8, or MacDrive 7.

Please note that MacDrive 6 (and earlier) and MacDrive 6 CrossStripe Edition (and earlier), cannot be activated from trial versions.  You will need the original full installer for these programs.

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