We have come a long way from those giant floppy diskettes that used to be the only means of portable storage system. The mighty usb flash drive is the best of them all. With most of us using pen drives with a capacity larger than 1GB, here is a post that will tell you how you can make most of the little boon.
1. Mini Operating systems
Yeah!! You can carry a portable operating system on your pen drive which will help you log into any PC with your own password and fix the crashes. There is a long list of available options though it will invariably be a flavor of Linux. To make your job easier I would recommend a visit to pendrivelinux.com and here.
2. Virtual Machine
You can turn your pen drive into a virtual PC by installing portable virtualization softwares like Mojopac. It will help you carry your files and softwares with ease.
3. Security on the move
There are a host of security related applications that can fit in your pen drive and thus travel with you. Thus your data will always be secured whether or not the host PC has an anti-virus or spam guard. Avast Virus Cleaner, ClamWin, and McAfee Avert Stinger are some of my recommendations.
4. Portable Applications
Virtually every software today has a portable counterpart. Right from web development to design to messengers to games, there is nothing that is not available in the portable form. You can stuff some of these in your pen drive and work on the move without actually having to carry your laptop everywhere. One can get a whole list of such applications and details on pendriveapps.com or portableapps.com.
5. Value addition
There are certain applications which if installed on the pen drive can help it serve you better. These are thus value addition softwares. Pendrive.com lists a few of them here while Snapfiles offers these. For data recovery from a pen drive, one can go for applications like Pro data Doctor or Memory stick data Recovery or Restoration.
- If you use Windows Vista, you can easily use your pen drive as RAM. There are softwares that claim to do so even for Xp, but they are generally not very effective. However if do find an effective one, do inform me as I still use Xp!
- With Winamp, you can manage your pen drive as a portable music device. (This is the 7th use…not the best but I can get a discount on 1, isn’t it ?)
Well in case you are tired of these uses, simply use it to transfer or back up some data.