Leave No Trace: How to Completely Erase Your Hard Drives, SSDs and Thumb Drives

Posted on February 14, 2011. Filed under: Hardware, Security | Tags: , , , , , , |

Gizmodo recommends that you Leave No Trace: How to Completely Erase Your Hard Drives, SSDs and Thumb Drives.

Before you toss that old computer, flash drive or external drive, be sure nobody can steal your info from the drives.

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The Complete Guide to Saving Your Windows System with a Thumb Drive

Posted on October 25, 2010. Filed under: Flash drives, Hardware, Linux, Microsoft Windows, Utilities | Tags: , , , |

Lifehacker presents The Complete Guide to Saving Your Windows System with a Thumb Drive.

How to use a flash drive to get your Windows computer back up, at least enough to save your data, if at all possible.

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MultiBootISOs Boots Multiple Operating Systems from a USB Drive

Posted on October 25, 2010. Filed under: Flash drives, Linux, Techniques | Tags: , , |

Lifehacker discusses how MultiBootISOs Boots Multiple Operating Systems from a USB Drive.

 

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Fix the Windows Registry from a Linux Thumb Drive

Posted on October 25, 2010. Filed under: Flash drives, Linux, Microsoft Windows, repair | Tags: , , , , |

Lifehacker links you to a way to Fix the Windows Registry from a Linux Thumb Drive.

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USBFlashCopy – backup for removable media

Posted on October 3, 2010. Filed under: backups, Flash drives, Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , , , , |

USBFlashCopy is free automatic backup for removable media.

“USBFlashCopy enables you to automatically backup your USB flash drives and storage cards whenever you connect them to your computer. The first time you connect a drive, the software will ask if you want to create a backup profile, at which point you can choose where to store the backup, files to ignore (if any) and how to process modified files (overwrite or save a copy). USBFlashCopy uses the drive`s serial number to identify the drive and will automatically run the configured profile the next time you connect it. Only newer or update files are included in subsequent backups, saving you time and unnecessary copying. The free version displays the current backup progress while it is running, an optional Pro version is available that can run completely silent, without displaying the current backup progress.”

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PREDATOR protects your PC with a USB flash drive

Posted on September 14, 2009. Filed under: Flash drives, Freeware/Shareware, Security | Tags: , , , , , |

PREDATOR is a way to protect your PC with a USB flash drive.

Basically, you use the flash drive like a key — no flash drive plugged in, nobody can use your computer.

WARNING: be sure to configure more than one flash drive in the same way with this, in case you lose your flash drive or it malfunctions.

Freeware for personal use.  Use at your own risk.

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Configure a USB flash drive to be a Windows 7 installation platform

Posted on September 14, 2009. Filed under: Flash drives, Windows 7 | Tags: , , , , |

TechRepublic has a post on how to Configure a USB flash drive to be a Windows 7 installation platform.

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USB Flash Drive Manager

Posted on September 14, 2009. Filed under: Flash drives, Freeware/Shareware, Utilities, Windows XP | Tags: , , , , |

Microsoft offers a free USB Flash Drive Manager.

“This utility helps you easily copy, delete, and back up files from a flash drive as well as perform a number of other useful tasks.”

  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows XP; Windows XP Home Edition ; Windows XP Media Center Edition; Windows XP Professional Edition ; Windows XP Service Pack 1; Windows XP Service Pack 2
  • .NET Framework 1.1
  • Windows® XP
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Pen Drive Reminder – Remove Your USB Flash Drive!

Posted on July 13, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Hardware, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , , |

Killer Tech Tips has a post on Pen Drive Reminder Nudges You To Remove Your USB Flash Drive.

YOU MAY NEED THIS to remind you to remove your USB flash (pen, thumb, etc.) drive before you leave.

BTW (By The Way) — this site is in Spanish, but the freeware itself is in English.

You can download it where it says Descarga:Aquí


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Battle of the Thumb Drive Linux Systems

Posted on December 7, 2008. Filed under: Linux | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Lifehacker has a faceoff in the Battle of the Thumb Drive Linux Systems.

“These days, it only takes an increasingly-cheap USB thumb drive and a program like UNetbootin to create a portable Linux desktop you can run on any computer that can boot from a USB port. But check out the list of distributions UNetbootin can download and install—it’s huge, and the names don’t tell you much about which distro is best for on-the-go computing. Today we’re detailing four no-install distributions—Damn Small Linux, Puppy Linux, Xubuntu, and Fedora—and helping you decide which might work for that spare thumb drive you’ve got lying around, or as just a part of your multi-gig monster stick. Read on for a four-way faceoff of bootable Linux systems. Note: All but one of the systems tested here were created with UNetbootin, available for Windows and Linux downloads, and using the latest version available that could boot from USB.”

After using each of the systems above to browse a few web pages, edit a Word document and check out a few music files on my Windows partition, I found myself liking Puppy Linux, on the whole, more than the others. It can work as either a fully-live system that start you clean each time, or give you a persistent disk space to store you stuff in. It’s not a bad looking desktop either, and aside from a wireless quirk, I found it decently easy to use and really fast-moving.”

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