Archive for October 2010
We all love our USB drives, don’t we? You should probably be using someportable apps on your USB drive.
In this post, I want to cover a few apps that will make managing your USB drive easier. In essence I’ll talk about tools that can be used to make things easier if you’ve got a USB drive – not about apps that work from your drive.
So here we go - five applications to make things easier if you’re using a USB thumb drive.
1) Prevent Virus Infections on your USB Thumb Drive with ThumbScrew
If you’re working on a system that’s probably infected with viruses, you wouldn’t want to see your USB thumb drive get infected by the same – they probably have some backups of your data that you cannot afford to lose. However, if you’re in an inevitable situation where you really have to access the USB drive do so after you install ThumbScrew.
ThumbScrew can be used to write-protect your USB drive so that malware from your computer doesn’t spread to it. Download and launch the app, right click the System Tray icon and choose ‘Make USB Read Only’. Nothing could be written to the USB Drive, you’re completely protected from infections spreading to your disk from your computer.
Windows does give you options to eject your USB drives – we all use that by clicking on the ‘Safely Remove Hardware’ option in the System Tray. But have you ever thought it’s too cumbersome and the list confuses you more than helps you remove thatparticular device?
People who’ve got multiple USB Devices connected to their system will have really felt this annoyance as the hardware remove dialog doesn’t make it clear which option removes what device.
Here’s the solution: Download this tiny but functional app called USB Disk Eject. Just double-click when you need to remove a USB drive and a window will pop up listingthe devices connected to your system via USB. Each device is labelled clearly and legibly. Just double-click on the one that you want to get removed and you’re done.
If you are having extra space on your Gmail account and you are running out of space on your hard disk. Then you can use that free Gmail space as a hard drive. Using a cool freeware program called Gdrive will create an extra drive inside My Computer and every time you use this drive i.e. use files from it, is actually downloading and uploading to your Gmail account.
1> First download Gmail Drive
2> Extract the files from the downloaded file and click Setup.