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Offline mitch

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Re: OPINIONS!! (On Thumb Drives)
« Reply #30 on: August 04, 2006, 12:40:36 AM »
http://www.pctechguide.com/tutorials/MBoard_USB.htm

maybe a old or non standard mobo?
pin 9 is the guide pin on the ones i have played with

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Re: OPINIONS!! (On Thumb Drives)
« Reply #31 on: August 04, 2006, 01:27:37 AM »
uuuhhhmmm...well everything else mentioned is waaaaay over my head but I do understand this:
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Thanks Mitch! I'll give you one guess where I had it sitting. :hysterical:
boy...as i was reading those words...my hand was moving the little SanDisk!
I haven't put anything on it as yet...is it still ok? or did I ruin it? All I want to put on it is some music(which is already on CDs as are all my important "stuffs")...I just want to try it out, play with it, more or less.

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Re: OPINIONS!! (On Thumb Drives)
« Reply #32 on: August 20, 2006, 08:13:52 PM »
I love these little toys!  I have three, one for Support work for users so I can carry around support tools and firewall software and such to help people out, one is for games and gaming, and the last one is for miscelaneous stuff and documents and such.  the first two are 512MB and the last one is 128MB as it stores only documents...

Some things to know about USB in general:

·Although they do supply power to your devices, beware that some devices may take too much power away from your system.  If you have too many items plugged into the system drawing power from it, you may experience big problems with the USB drive and your system.  I would suggest you use a USB Hub that has an AC adapter to help handle the power consumption of your devices.  If a device takes a lot of power to run, (IE., - HDD, Backup unit, etc...) then attach it to the Hub.  Things like a mouse, USB memory key and security devices are fairly small on power consumption and will not draw too much from the system.

·If what you store on the USB Key is important, then be sure you have a backup on CD, DVD, or HDD as well.

·Some USB Keys have the connection files loaded on the key itself.  A really stupid idea for these devices, as my father had one and he accidentally erased the connection  files and had to reformat the device in order to use it again.  I suggest you get one that does not require files stored locally on the device for use.  Note:  I have not seen very many of these types of devices lately, and it was a rude awakening for my father and myself when he erased the files.   Best bet is to open the device on first use and see if anythig is already on the device and then be sure NOT to erase them in the future, (if they exist)...

·Occasionally check the device for virii and malware as well.  You never know if you (or a program) somehow transferred something to it, as the device does act just like a HDD when attached.

·If you only have USB ports on the back of your system, you may think about getting a Hub to connect to one port in back.  The Hub can sit anywhere within the length of the USB cable to connect other devices more easily.  I have one sitting right next to the front of my computer for easier access for my USB Key drives and external HDD devices.

·I agree with Mitch.  The pin to connect the front USB hub is typically a one way plug.  If you built the system yourself, then the board should be clearly labeled as to which pin is "hot", so to speak.  Either by manual, or slikscreened on the board itself.  Just be careful when building your own system and test the port on something you care least about if you are concerned about miswiring.  ;)

Hope this helps with your USB decisions...   :thumbsup:


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Re: OPINIONS!! (On Thumb Drives)
« Reply #33 on: August 20, 2006, 09:12:05 PM »
and my latest discovery

PORTABLE APPS

wow
i have clam av , Firefox,T-bird,ABIword,Power Defragmenter,and a check sum program

all on my thumb drive !!!

not the install but the programs run from the thumb drive and when i remove the drive there is nothing on the main computer !!!
it is like having a key chain computer !!!
they will work on any windows ( OK not the powerdefragmenter)
and still have room so aaw,spybot,spywareblaster are downloaded and can be installed on a sick host computer if needed !

and they have the full Open Office program available( i used abiword cause it is a lot smaller)
my firefox and thunderbird have all the add-ons as my real programs, and all my good bookmarks are on .  so if i need a link i can just use my portable ff and find it !

and when i go to another computer and want to check my real mail ( pop3) i can do it and nothing on the host system like mail ! hehe
they make no reg  changes or entries! so truly a portable computer !

love my thumb drive !

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Re: OPINIONS!! (On Thumb Drives)
« Reply #34 on: August 20, 2006, 10:00:33 PM »
Mitch, you can likey find at least 1/2 the known portable apps at GSF http://gladiator-antivirus.com/forum/index.php?showforum=227 .  I gave up keeping the index updated since no one else wanted to bother.


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Re: OPINIONS!! (On Thumb Drives)
« Reply #35 on: August 21, 2006, 08:13:35 PM »
Quote from: R3D
·Occasionally check the device for virii and malware as well.  You never know if you (or a program) somehow transferred something to it, as the device does act just like a HDD when attached.

Occasionally? If you are moving the drive between computers I would be paranoid and virus check on every connection. Stay safe!  :)
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