How To Fix Write Protection Errors On a USB Stick

Posted on May 16, 2013. Filed under: Files, Flash drives | Tags: , , , , , , |

How To Fix Write Protection Errors On a USB Stick is a set of steps to take if you find you can’t get into your own USB flash drive or certain files on it.

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Assign a custom icon to your flash drive

Posted on July 26, 2010. Filed under: Flash drives, Techniques | Tags: , , , , , , |

Lifehacker has a tip on how to Assign a custom icon to your flash drive.

By putting a unique icon on each drive with an autorun file (instructions are given), you can get a unique symbol for each flash drive you use.

ADDITIONAL TIP: to add to this, you can use:

[autorun]

icon=.\iconname.ico

label=Myname9mobilexxx-xxx-xxx)

so that a listing shows both your icon and your name and phone (or whatever you prefer) to get it back to you.

If you make this file hidden and read-only, it will not be as easily changed.

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USB drive letter manager – USBDLM

Posted on July 26, 2010. Filed under: Flash drives, Freeware/Shareware, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

USB drive letter manager – USBDLM “is a Windows service that gives control over Window’s drive letter assignment for USB drives. Running as service makes it independent of the logged on user’s privileges, so there is no need to give the users the privilege to change drive letters.
It automatically solves conflicts between USB drives and network or subst drives of the currently logged on user.
Furthermore you can define new default letters for USB drives and much more.”

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Desktop Media: desktop shortcuts for your USB drive

Posted on June 28, 2010. Filed under: Flash drives, Freeware/Shareware, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , |

Freeware Genius has a post on Desktop Media which lets you get automatic desktop shortcuts when you plug in your USB drive or other media.

Freeware.

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Create a bootable Windows 7 USB drive

Posted on February 15, 2010. Filed under: Flash drives, Windows 7 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Dave’s Computer Tips Newsletter #49 has a post on how to Create a bootable Windows 7 USB drive.

If you don’t have a CD/DVD drive, or you’re afraid of those vulnerable discs, or you just want to do this faster, you can set up a 4 GB or larger USB flash drive with Windows 7 installation.

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Video Tutorial: Best Media Compressor

Posted on February 1, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Utilities, Video | Tags: , , , , , , |

Gizmo has a Video Tutorial: Best Media Compressor to show how to compress large media files with a freeware program which converts to flash.

Gizmo’s site is a good source of clear information.

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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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Computer Repair Utility Kit on a Flash Drive

Posted on April 20, 2009. Filed under: Flash drives, Freeware/Shareware, Hardware, Help, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

ReadWriteWeb has a list for a Computer Repair Utility Kit which You Can Run From a Thumb (Flash) Drive.

“Technibble, the Australian site for aspiring computer techies, recently released the second version of its popular Computer Repair Utility Kit, a collection of 57 hand picked tools to help you diagnose and repair your Windows machine.

While all of the utilities are freely available online, this all-in-one kit saves you the trouble of searching for and downloading them individually. Most of the applications don’t require installation and the kit can be run directly from your thumb drive.”

They also do rating for Beginner, intermediate and expert use needed for each tool.

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How to Embed Almost Anything in your Website

Posted on March 8, 2009. Filed under: blogging, File conversion, Files, Fonts, Google, Graphics, Help, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, MP3, Music, PDF, podcasting, presentation, RSS, sharing, spreadsheet, Techniques, Tutorials, Video, Web site creation | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

How to Embed Almost Anything in your Website is a Digital Inspiration post with practical instructions on how to handle RSS feeds, videos, audio, photos and slideshows, web albums, events from Google Calendar, very large photos, charts and graphs, animated gifs and screencasts, chat functions, Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, spreadsheet data, PDF files, Flash (SWF or FLV files), LinkedIn profile, Google Maps, another webpage, Windows Media or QuickTime movies, other fonts, and FriendFeed lifestreams.

Whew!

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Rohos Mini Drive (exe), from Teslain

Posted on December 8, 2008. Filed under: Encryption, Freeware/Shareware, Hardware, Security | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

ZDNet has a post on Rohos Mini Drive (exe), from Teslain

“Rohos Mini Drive encryption software that allows you to protect your USB stick by using hidden and protected partition. Those who has Megabytes of sensitive files on the USB drive and seriously concerned with data security cannot imagine their USB stick without the hidden and encrypted volume that is created using this tool. Allows to open encrypted partition on any guest computer even without having Administrator’s rights.Version 1.19 now offers up to 1 GB encrypted partition size, support Windows XP x64 and has a virtual keyboard to enter password on a guest PC to prevent malicious loggers to steal your password.”

Windows 2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista.  July 2008.  Freeware with free registration required.

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Lifehacker has Top 10 Ways to Speed Up Your Web Browsing

Posted on November 15, 2008. Filed under: browsers, Files, Freeware/Shareware, Google, searching | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Lifehacker’s Top 10 Ways to Speed Up Your Web Browsing involve Google, Gmail, Firefox and TraceMonkey, Safari and Opera, DownThemAll for downloading, tweaking your cache size, using DD-WRT or Tomato to tweak your home router, RSS, OpenDNS, and others.

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Paths to USB drives can be relative

Posted on September 21, 2008. Filed under: Flash drives, Help | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

How to create shortcuts with a relative path for use on USB drives

Freeware.genius tells “how to create program shortcuts on the root folder of a USB drive that preserve the relative path of the USB drive’s folder structure (such that these shortcuts will always work no matter what drive letter Windows assigns the drive). It will also aim to preserve the icon of the application in the new shortcut.

The problem: say you have a portable app that in a folder on a USB drive with, for example, a path such as “F:EjectUSBEjectUSB.exe”. Say, moreover, that you would like to create a shortcut to “EjectUSB.exe” and place it on the root folder of your USB (”F:”, in this case). You might be tempted to simply copy a shortcut and place it on the root folder; except for one thing: that shortcut will always refer to “F:EjectUSBEjectUSB.exe”, and should you plug your USB drive into a computer that assigns a different letter to the USB drive (i.e. a letter than is not “F”) the shortcut will break down and not work. Hence the need for a shortcut with a relative path.”

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Powerbullet Presenter is freeware for Flash

Posted on July 22, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, presentation, Video | Tags: , , , , |

Powerbullet Presenter is a small, simple and free program for creating presentations in the Flash™ format. You don’t need any experience to create slick animated presentations by simply typing, clicking and dragging.”

“Powerbullet Presenter is specifically designed for creating multi-page presentations that are commonly used in electronic sales brochures and catalogues, splash screens, slideshows and student projects.”

“You can also create a self-running show, specifying delays on each page, or you can link the timing to the sound attached to each page.”

“Your presentations can be exported as an HTML page with an embedded SWF (Flash) file or as an executable file which you can run on any Windows PC.”

Entirely freeware.  Use at your own risk, as usual.

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Take up the Slax with a portable Linux system

Posted on June 3, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Linux | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Slax is a Linus system that is specifically designed for CD, USB Flash Key, MP3 Player, Camera or even a Hard Drive.

“Slax is a modern, portable, small and fast Linux operating system with a modular approach and outstanding design. Despite its small size, Slax provides a wide collection of pre-installed software for daily use, including a well organized graphical user interface and useful recovery tools for system administrators.

The modular approach gives you the ability to include any other software in Slax easily. If you’re missing your favourite text editor, networking tool or game, simply download a module with the software and copy it to Slax, no need to install, no need to configure.”

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MyUSBOnly Free locks others out of your USB ports

Posted on June 3, 2008. Filed under: Flash drives, Freeware/Shareware, Hardware, Security, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Want to keep others from downloading your data, or illegal files, or your keystrokes, using your own computer’s USB ports?

MyUSBOnly Free 2007 is freeware (registration only required) that lets you lock others out of your USB ports while allowing only the devices you trust.

From ZDNet’s TechRepublic.

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Remastersys creates a custom Ubuntu Linux CD or Flash drive

Posted on June 3, 2008. Filed under: CD, Flash drives, Freeware/Shareware, Linux | Tags: , , , , , , , |

[Revised 2008/8/8]

A post at Ubuntugeek has instructions on using Remastersys to install Ubuntu on a CD so you can boot Linux with it.

To follow up by installing on a flash drive, continue to A much easier way.

As always, try at your own risk.

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Laptop: no spin, minimum drain

Posted on May 16, 2008. Filed under: Hardware | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Spinning the hard drive on your laptop is one of the things that runs down your battery.

So, if you load files, movies, etc., onto a solid state device — such as a USB Flash drive — you’re not spinning anything, and cut your battery drain by that much.  Just moving electrons through the wires isn’t as much work for your laptop!

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Menu systems for your USB Flash drive

Posted on February 5, 2008. Filed under: Flash drives, Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , , , , , |

Daily Cup of Tech has a custom menu system to use on your USB Flash drive.

Another menu system is PStart which is a “simple tray tool to start user defined applications. Designed to run portable applications (like portable Firefox & Thunderbird), you can start anything runnable from USB key devices or removable disks.”

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Flash drive freeware source

Posted on January 29, 2008. Filed under: Flash drives, Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , , , , |

TopFreeware has a section on portable software for use with USB Flash drives.

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TrueCrypt for keeping files safe

Posted on January 15, 2008. Filed under: Encryption, Files, Flash drives, Security | Tags: , , , , , , |

TrueCrypt is a freeware, open source encryption program for XP/2000/2003 and Linux, and USB Flash (thumb, keychain, etc.) drives.

Recommended by Windows Secrets.

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