How To: Make a USB Read Only

Written by Richard Blanchard on March 3, 2015. Posted in Flash Storage, Nexcopy Inc., Security, Software, USB Gadgets, USB Hacks, USB News, USB Reviews, USB Tutorials

There are two ways to make a USB stick read only. One way is a universal solution and is 100% permanent, the other way is PC specific and a good deterrent. When we say 100% permanent, this means the USB stick is read only (write protected) on all computers, whether it be a Mac, PC, Linux, etc type computer, the USB is read only and the status cannot be changed. The other method flags a USB device to be read only in relationship to the PC it is connected to so that whenever that USB stick is connected to that computer, it makes the USB read only and blocks all write commands to the device.

Most times an IT manager or content owner wants the USB stick to be read only so the files cannot be deleted or formatted of the drive. Another reason for making a USB read only is for the original files to remain the same and blocks the ability for files to be changed or manipulated. Finally, it’s smart to have USBs read only so that virus’ don’t jump onto the drive and possibly spread to other computers.

Let us start with the less permanent way because it’s easier to do and doesn’t require any specific hardware. You will need a Windows7 machine or higher. The Windows7 machine will have DiskPart utility which allows us to perform all sorts of cool things to flash drives, like setting write protection.

  • Connect the USB to your Windows computer.
  • To begin, go to your Windows Start and in the Search Field type “cmd

This will run your Command prompt.

  • Next, you will want to get to the C root of the Command prompt and if you are signed in as a user you can simply type cd\ this will get you back to the root of the C drive.
  • Type DISKPART
  • Type LIST DISK

Now you will need to find the USB stick connected to your PC. Most likely it’s DISK 1

Our Answer to a Smartphone / Tablet Dock Charging Station

Written by Matt LeBoff on January 30, 2015. Posted in Apple / iPod, Power for USB, USB Fever, USB Gadgets

With the iPhone in its 8th iteration of the product and most likely you have some older models laying around. Those older models can be put to use, but chances are, you don’t keep them charged up. So after a couple of days without connection, they are dead. I currently use an older iPhone to stream my music at work. I don’t stream from my phone, because I always seem to get disconnect to the Bluetooth speakers after I take a call.

USB charge dock station

This is why I like the 10 port charging station from USBFever. It’s got a logical design for holding ten devices. With the USB ports on the bottom, it keeps the plugs from hanging off the wall. Just above the USB ports are hollow channels you can bundle up the USB cable and stash it away. On top are vertical channels to hold your iPhone, iPad, Smartphone or tablet. The vertical channels are tall enough the devices will sit sturdy and proper.

Finally, the design includes a good balance of power output for the devices. There are a total of 10 USB ports. Eight of which push out a 2.5amp power supply and the remaining two are 1amp. This means the charging dock station will power the tablets as well as the larger iPhone and Samsung product while you can leave the smaller phones to the 1amp channels.

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How Flash Memory Works

Written by Matt LeBoff on October 8, 2014. Posted in Flash Storage, USB Tutorials

This is a great video that explains how flash memory works. Granted, the video is very technical but does work through the concept of reading and writing data to flash. So if you have the 17 minutes to use, I suggest giving this a watch. The video does cover SLC, MLC and TLC memory and how each of these technologies read and write with the different layers of a floating gate device like NAND.

Source: YouTube.

Video: USB Inkjet Printer for USB Swivel Drives by Nexcopy

Written by Matt LeBoff on September 15, 2014. Posted in Flash Storage, Nexcopy Inc., USB Duplicator, Video

Video: Nexcopy USB7P inkjet printer for USB swivel drives.

Nexcopy introduces the USB Clip Printer – a full color, inkjet printer that brings vibrant custom logos and graphics to any standard USB swivel drive – and it’s all available from your desktop.

The USB7P was engineered to address full color printing to USB flash drives at an affordable price. The idea is simple. Using the body of the standards swivel drive you swap the metal clip from your supplier for the inkjet printable clip from Nexcopy. Now, with an inkjet printable clip you can print full color images, on both sides of the clip, from any jpeg image. The results are fantastic. The print is durable and the print is highly

5 Realistic Looking USB Airplane Flash Drives

Written by Richard Blanchard on August 27, 2014. Posted in Flash Storage, Fundraising via USB, Hand Crafted USB, USB Prototype Design, Useless Novelty

Promotional items have been around for years. Coffee mugs, pens, etc are still the default item for marketing manager without an imagination. Back in 2000 the flash drive was the new kid on the block for swag. Flash forward five years and the USB stick was a bit like the coffee mug, old and boring. At about this same time manufacturing processes started improving for using silicon as a moldable material. This is where the custom flash drive started gaining popularity. As time move along, the process and technology got even better. Today we are seeing some fantastic promotional items in the shape of logo’s, parts, products and even airplanes.

Today we list five realistic looking USB airplane designs that would get any marketing manager excited about a promotional flash drive.

Let’s take a look large cabin cruiser

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Here is the Pilatus airplane

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Here is a Hawker airplane

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Here is the F16 and F35 planes designed by Lockheed Martin

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usb jet, F35

These are all very impressive designs and certainly a piece of swag any trade show junkie, or even executive, would love to have. Times have certainly changed. The source for these designs is through a company named www.USBCOPIER.com and these products or any customized design can be created, just contact them.

Nexcopy Introduces USB Clip Printer™

Written by Matt LeBoff on June 11, 2014. Posted in Nexcopy Inc., Press Releases, USB Duplicator

Press Release:

Lake Forest, CA — Jun 11, 2014 — Nexcopy Inc., launches an all new inkjet printer for printing to USB flash drives. The USB Clip Printer is capable of printing full color logos on USB clips used with the popular USB swivel styled drive. The USB Clip Printer is targeted for small business, marketing firms and promotional companies where quick turn, full color printing is beneficial for customer service and product sales.

Using the Nexcopy seven slot USB Clip Printer and Nexcopy inkjet printable clips, quickly and easily print full color logos in about 35 seconds.

  • Print from common jpeg and bmp files
  • Print 7 identical images or 7 different images with Nexcopy print software
  • USB clips are print ready on top and bottom
  • USB clips are available in a smooth, white, matte finish
  • Ideal for one-off samples or short and medium size print jobs
  • Printed images are instantly dry, highly water resistant and durable from scratching
  • Inkjet printable USB clips compatible with nearly all swivel USB drive styles

“The USB Clip Printer is an exciting product for Nexcopy to release,” says Greg Morris, President of Nexcopy Inc. “The USB7P opens doors for branding to flash drives the industry has never seen before. The printer has an aggressive price point which provides marketing firms and promotional companies a real in-house option for full color printing to USB flash memory.”

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USB Clip Printer

The USB7P is based off Hewlett Packard inkjet print technology. Hewlett Packard print technology is known for exceptional print quality and ability to closely match pantone colors when images are sent to print. Testing has shown the USB Clip Printer can print seven full color images in about 35 seconds. Print speed can improve with the quickest time being around 15 seconds for seven clips while printing a black only logo.

The USB Clip Printer gives small business a cost advantage because with an in-house print solution, there is no shipping fees associated with sending USB media to a print house. No screen costs or setup fees to pay and the per-print run cost is significantly lower than from a print shop.” Morris continues, “The USB7P is extremely easy to use. Our Resellers have pulled company logos off their client’s website, printed the image to a USB clip and it looks fantastic. The customer received their sample the following day and the client booked a large flash drive order. These are the types of examples we hope business consider when thinking about the purchase of our USB Clip Printer.”

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