The USB tutorial displays 12 steps from start to finish with a list of equipment you’ll need, but after reading through the tutorial, I think a dremel would replace most of the tools required.Â And we all have one of those. So get going and as Eric would say “go build something…” Link to USB tutorial lesson. Continue Reading
Instructables posted a great little USB hack for turning an old VHS tape into a glowing USB hub.Â I like this mod because it takes an old, out of date medium, puts some retro lighting in there which creates a modern day device I can use everyday. Instructables also brings up a good point with hubs getting smaller these days, it’s more likely you’ll lose it behind your desk.Â Having a honk’in big VHS tape solves that problem. So what is this USB tutorial all about?Â Well, in short, you will destroy an old VHS tape, cut out some through-holes for USB ports and power.Â Secure some LEDs for effect and reassemble everything to impress your buddies.Â Since this outline isn’t enough to start or finish the project, jump over to Instructables for the full low down. Continue Reading
The sawed off UFD is a mod of using a slim Kingmax USB drive, USB cable and some glue + knife for a very cool looking storage device. The intro line to this tutorial from the main page is:
“Holy crap– somebody just went and TORE MY FREAKING USB CABLE IN HALF while it was still attached to my laptop!!! No– wait– sorry. That’s just my USB drive. My bad. Never mind.”Which I think is pretty funny. So besides getting a slim Kingmax USB drive (here is a 4GB for $15), you will need the following:Â USB cable, X-acto knife, glue, pliers, small screwdriver and some mad cutting skills. First thing you will want to do is cut open the female end of the USB cable so you can insert the memory for storage.Â It’s fairly straight forward in the process.Â Some additional pictures are available Continue Reading
First, the tip. Create a main USB folder where we will mount all the USB drives once connected.Â Then assign all your USB devices to sub-folders within that main folder.Â After creating the folder structure, do the following for assignment.
- Click > Start > Run then enter diskmgmt.msc and hit enter. This opens the Disk Management configuration that should display all drives and devices currently connected to your computer.
- Pick an USB device from the list and right-click that entry. Select Change Drive Letter and Paths from the menu.
- This should open a new window that is displaying the current drive letter of the device and three buttons at the bottom which are named Add, Change and Remove.
- Click on the Add button, select Mount into the following empty NTFS folder and click on browse. Now navigate to the subfolder that you want to assign the usb drive to and confirm the assignment. The USB drive will from now on be accessible from that folder as well if it is connected to the computer.
Granted, this solution isn’t for the hard-core network user(s) environment, nor is it ideal for business applications where large or frequent data storage transfers are required or networks where users are accessing storage via a remote server. Rather, this is a simple solution for a home network or small business office. Simply use the file and printer sharing setting in Windows to network a USB external hard drive. Or you can use the Windows mapping tool to map and share a drive to other computers on the network. Continue Reading
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gpedit.msc then click OKA Windows Group Policy window pops up. This is where you configure the pop-up window setting.
Click the Administrative Templates folder, then click the System folder. On the right side of the window you will see (may have to scroll down) the “Turn Off Autoplay” item. Double click that item.
Another window pops up and this is where you enable the turn-off autoplay pop-up window dialogue box. Simply click the radial button for “Enable” now select “All drives” or “CD-ROM drives”Â Â Click OK or Apply and you’re set.
Please note, this setting will also affect your CD-ROM autoplay function as well. I’d like to see the ability to select only USB devices, but that’s just not the case. To reverse the setting, follow the above instructions and set the radial button to either “Not Configured” or “Enabled” If using Windows Vista – the process is just a little easier. Go to your Start button, or Windows Logo and navigate to “Dafault Programs” here a pop-up window opens and click the link for “Change AutoPlay Settings” which then takes you to the following window to configure your autoplay settings for all your devices. Continue Reading