is a portable webserver that can be run from a USB or CD/DVD without installation. The web applications designed for Server2GO can be directly run from a CD/DVD-ROM or USB Drive without the need of configuring a PHP, Apache or MySQL server. It allows creating a standalone website or PHP application on a removable media device, which can be helpful for calculation programs, catalogue software CMS-based image campaigns and CBT (computer based training) lessons. Server2Go can be used with PHP software such as Joomla and Moodle. Although, it is particularly designed for removable media, it can, however, also be run from the local system drives.
Just a few days back we reviewed multi-boot USB/ISO image creator called XBoot
, which allows anyone to create a package of multiple ISO files and then write it to USB in one go. Today we came across ImageUSB
, which will be utterly useful for users who write images to USBs on regular basis. ImageUSB is developed on a different concept than XBoot but keeping the very same users in mind. It enables you to write an image file to multiple USB flash drives simultaneously, so you wont need to wait until writing process on one USB gets completed, just plug-in USBs to write data on all of them at once.
is a powerful application which is designed on the idea of creating multi-boot ISO/USB from a set of ISO image files. Until the release of XBoot, there was apparently no easy way to collect multiple ISO files into one package. The application also comes with number of supported websites where you can download the ISO file which can be used to create bootable USB or a collective ISO image to burn on optical disk. Since many software application developers roll out their utilities in ISO image format, it can be utterly useful to make an amalgamate of all essential ISO images. Furthermore, checksum calculator is also deployed within the application to verify the original release of inserted ISO image.
With every passing day, the hacking and development community for almost any device, platform or technology seems to be getting smarter. We have been witnessing the same for iOS, for Android, for gaming consoles, and now, it’s merely two weeks since Windows Phone 7 came to be, and already the hacker community is high on its toes trying to unleash the true potential of Microsoft’s newest mobile phone OS. Among these tricks and hacks comes the one to connect your WP7 device with your PC as a USB flash drive.
Do you want to know the exact rate at which your USB or external hard drive transfers the data? SpeedOut
is a simple program that can be used to find the exact data transfer rate and also check which USB or external hard drive provides you better performance. It has a simple interface which shows the results in bar chart along with numerical test results.
Data security is a big concern if you use a shared or public computer. Putting password and locking folders containing important data is a solution. Though there are enormous tools which provide such facility, yet we can't stop reviewing some new tool which we come across. BuduLock
is a simple tool which enables you to lock folders smartly. It also lets you disable USB port for flash drive to prevent access.
is an open source utility that can grab data from a PC to a USB drive without any permissions being asked or notifications being raised. This tool is more like a data grabber rather than a backup tool, since it runs silently in the background and grabs data as soon as the USB drive is plugged in.
USB flash drives are one of the most popular data transfer media these days, and while their massive use brings great ease of use, it also puts data at the risk of loss, corruption, theft and such other hazards. However, to those who have experienced it, nothing appears more devastating and unfortunate than to have your flash drive accidentally formatted, deleted or modified, resulting in irrecoverable loss of precious data.
is a free, portable tool that allows easy and automated backups of USB flash drives to a predefined directory on your PC. Other than backing up the drive, the software also supports syncing the contents between the flash drive and the HDD. Once configured, the program can perform all these functions in an automated manner, without the need for user intervention.
is an opensource Virtual USB Analyzer
for Windows to sniff the USB traffic. It is a portable tool that, even though still in it’s development phase, performs wholesomely by supporting multiple devices plugged in at a time.
While USB drives are one of the most useful devices when it comes to data exchange, they are also a pain in terms of spreading viruses and data theft. This is especially problematic in college or office labs, where students or workers frequently exchange thumb-drives and use them on unprotected systems. One infected drive and the administrator has to spend hours of maintenance work on all networked PCs.
With the advent of netbooks in mainstream markets, one of the most common problems faced by novice users is the lack of optical drives. While most other uses are fulfilled by a USB thumb drive, installing an OS is the major issue, since most operating system DVDs are not bootable by default, and hence just copying the OS image/disk to the flash drive is not enough.
If you have a lot of portable tools running from the USB Drive, how will close them all? What if a program running from the USB gets stalled and you are in a hurry to eject the drive? EjectUSB
is a free portable tool for Windows that can kill all programs running from the USB drive and then eject it instantly, all with a single click. It can come handy for those users who love to carry portable tools with them and use them frequently.
Once you have unzipped the content of the archive, copy it to your USB drive. Before you run the program, you can change the settings too. If you are not an advanced user, I recommend that you leave the settings as default.
I have found a much easier way to install Windows 7 from a USB Flash drive
. Unlike other methods where you have to write complicated commands, this method can be completed even by those who have very little computer background.
The whole process takes only two steps, run UNetbootin, load the Windows 7 ISO file, and finally restart your computer. See how we installed Ubuntu from USB using UNetbootin here
Before you begin, you will require the following:
- USB Flash Drive (4GB minimum)
- Windows 7 ISO Image file
Ubuntu 9.04 is the latest in line of Ubuntu Linux operating system, which is faster and has a more improved user experience. I have only 3 partitions on my hard disk, one for Windows Vista, one for Windows 7 beta, and one for my local files. I am used to 3 partitions maximum, since it looks less cluttered this way. Instead of creating a fourth partition, why not try installing it on a USB drive? Obviously, doing a proper install is better than doing a installation on USB, but since I don’t use Ubuntu much creating a fourth partition doesn’t make sense either.
For those having problems with bootable live CD, they can try creating a bootable live USB.
UNetbootin is a free portable tool for both Windows and Linux that lets you create bootable live USB drives for a variety of Linux distributions. It also lets you do a quick ‘frugal install’, but we will only cover the procedures for creating a bootable live Ubuntu USB in this post. Read More
If you are reading this post, there is a high probability that you have been stuck by an Autorun virus, or the so called autorun.inf virus
. It is a type of virus that spreads itself using the Autorun feature in Windows. The best way to avoid yourself from getting stuck by Autorun virus is to disable the Autorun feature, but disabling it will require some modifications to the Windows Registry. And what if you want to enable the Autorun again, later disable it again, and repeat this process frequently?
is a free portable tool designed specifically for the prevention of Autorun virus. It runs silently in the system tray, to disable the Autorun feature right-click the icon and select Actions and then select Disable Autorun For All System Drives
Do you have multiple programs, or folders in the USB drive that you want to start every time it’s connected to the computer? AutoRunnerX is a free autostart tool for Windows that runs programs and folders when external hard disk or USB flash drive is connected to the computer. This can come handful when you have large number of portable applications in your USB drive.
To add a program, first click Add and then select whether to add a file or a folder. You can add as many files and folders as you want since there are no such limitations. Read More
What if your Digital Camera memory card gets accidently formatted? Or worse an important office file from your hard disk or USB drive gets deleted. Fret not, since these deleted files are still recoverable. DiskDigger is a free portable app that lets you recover all lost files of any type(image, document, video, data, etc).
Run the executable file and you will see the list of drives detected(both internal and external). Read More
is a free utility that lets you check which USB devices are currently connected to your computer and also you can see which devices were connected before
. This is the first thing to do when you feel that your data or information has been breached
. It can be helpful in many ways, if you have an office computer and feel that someone might have accessed and copied some data from your computer, you should install this tool and find out the complete details.
All latest USB drives already come optimized, so you can easily format them in NTFS. But some USB drives and Memory sticks don’t come optimized therefore you can’t format them into NTFS, but there is this trick that will allow you to do it, no matter what. USB drives that are not optimized only display FAT and FAT32 while formatting, this trick will enable bringing the options of NTFS too. Read More