Running Linux from USB

Posted on October 29, 2018. Filed under: Everything, Linux | Tags: , |

Make Use Of has a post on how to run Linux from a USB drive.

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Watch Out: How to Buy a USB Type-C Cable That Won’t Damage Your Devices

Posted on February 2, 2016. Filed under: Hardware | Tags: , , , |

The How-To Geek warns: USB Type-C brings a new universal connector to laptops and smartphones, and many device are already starting to use it. But beware: many USB-C cables aren’t designed properly and could potentially damage your hardware.

Source: Watch Out: How to Buy a USB Type-C Cable That Won’t Damage Your Devices

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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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How To Connect a USB Keyboard To Your Android device

Posted on December 3, 2012. Filed under: Android, Hardware | Tags: , , |

How To Connect a USB Keyboard To Your Android Device.

Actually, the “device” in the title says “phone” but this may work with tablets as well.

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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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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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USBDeview : View any USB device on your system

Posted on July 12, 2010. Filed under: Flash drives, Freeware/Shareware, Utilities | Tags: , , , , |

USBDeview lets you view any installed/connected USB device on your system.

Lets you uninstall, disconnect or disable USB devices.

Freeware/

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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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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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HSSVSS – surveillance software for your webcam

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

HSSVSS “is the original surveillance software for your webcam”.

Want to keep an eye on things?  Do time-lapse photography of flowers opening or shadows moving?  This freeware (formerly shareware) uses a USB-connected camera.

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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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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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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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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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