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 off 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 â€œcmdâ€
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 LIST DISK
Now you will need to find the USB stick connected to your PC. Most likely it’s DISK 1
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 â€“ and itâ€™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
Lake Forest, CA — Jun 11, 2014 — Nexcopy Inc., launches an all new inkjet printer for printing to USB flash drives. The USB Clip Printerâ„¢ is capable of printing full color logos on USB clips used with the popular USB swivel styled drive. The USB Clip Printerâ„¢ 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 Printerâ„¢ 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 Printerâ„¢ 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.”
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 Printerâ„¢ 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 Printerâ„¢ 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 Printerâ„¢.”
The above InfoGraph was provided by Nexcopy Company and highlights the current and services available for protecting intellectual property on USB flash media, or USB Copy Protection.Â The concept behind this USB copy protection solution is the ability to share digital files on a flash drive with others, but restrict their ability to pass along that information.
With the above solution a user can protect different file types which are the most popular multimedia files such as PDF, MP3, QuickTime, MP4, M4V, html, flash and some other listed.Â This post is not intended as advertising, but a share of products and services about USB copy protection available on the market today.
Deep CF sockets with guides for easy insert and removal
CF Duplicator available in 15, 30 and 45 target systems
Powerful duplicator software with many advanced features
Unique data may be copied to each card
Nexcopy is announcing the all new design of our CF duplicator solutions. These robust and reliable CF duplicator systems are available in 15 socket, 30 socket and 45 socket configurations.
The new CF Duplicators by Nexcopy are designed with functionality and ergonomics in mind. With top loading CF sockets in combination with deep rail guides to easily insert and remove CF media the new system will virtually eliminate bent pins from high volume duplication of CF media.
“Coupling the power of Nexcopy’s Drive Manager software and the new CF duplicator design our system can handle any configuration requirement by contract manufacturers or fulfillment houses,” reports Greg Morris, President of Nexcopy. “The system is PC based and provides tools such as duplication from IMG files, unique data streaming to each socket, network connectivity and rich Graphical User Interface for performance feedback and log reporting.”
All CF duplicators can copy from an archive IMG file, from a physical master device and include binary bit by bit verification functions. These systems are ideal for bootable CF cards. The new CF Duplicators by Nexcopy Incorporated are available for immediate purchase with a starting price of $1,299 US dollars.
Source:Â Business Wire.
If you are looking to read the CID number of an SD card, or extract the CID off an SD card then you’ve find this article very helpful. Some also call this “reading the PSN off the SD card” or reading the product serial number off the SD card.
Most phones and much of the software on phones will lock in to the CID number of a SD card. The CID number is a unique card identifier number that is unique to the card itself. The CID number is valuable because software developers and hardware developers can lock software to the unique number of the device thus eliminating the ability to pass along licensed software.
Reading the CID number from an SD card is not an easy task. It requires specific access codes to the index table of the memory card, and unless you know how to use the SD chipset of your card reader, chances are you wont get the number…or least the correct and accurate number.
What is the CID number of an SD card?
The CID register is 16 bytes long and contains a unique card identification number. It is programmed during card manufacturing and cannot be changed by SD Card hosts. The CID number is a compilation of information about the card, such as manufacturer, date manufactured, checksum total, GB size and more. Below is a table outlining all the items which make up the SD CID number.
So with all this said, how do you read the CID number from an SD card? As we’ve mentioned it isn’t easy and it’s [more or less] hardware based. If you do enough searching on the internet you’ll find some home-brew code to read the CID numbers, but that’s only if you have the SD card or microSD card connected via an IDE bus to your host computer. This isn’t easy for everyone. There is clear evidence that using a USB to SD card reader will not get you the information you require, or at least accurate and correct information. Meaning most times the CID number generated is actually the serial number of the card reader itself, not the CID number of a specific SD card.
In addition, what if you are required to read the CID number off SD media in bulk? A single, one-at-a-time solution is not practical.
In my search to read the CID number from SD media, I cam across Nexcopy – a manufacturer of USB duplicator equipment and other flash memory equipment. Several models they carry are SD duplicators and microSD duplicators. With the secure digital duplicators part of their feature set includes reading CID numbers from SD media. The equipment can ready 20 cards at a time, 40 cards at a time, or 60 cards at a time, depending on the model. The duplicators will read the CID number and exported to a .csv file for import into other business functions. This configuration makes it quick and easy to obtain the CID number. Granted, the equipment is not designed for single use operation, but rather reading the CID of SD media in bulk quantity. Here is a screenshot of Nexcopy’s software reading 20 CID numbers:
I didn’t contact Nexcopy Incorporated for pricing of the equipment, but doing a quick search for the equipment shows me a price of about $1k for the smallest 20 target system and $3k for the largest, 60 target system.
Microsoft is looking to make their OS more portable.Â With Windows8 one of the features the Redmond Washington company is featuring is a bootable OS.Â True, we’ve seen both Windows and Linux distro’s bootable off a flash drive, but what makes this a bit different is 1)Â being legal and 2)Â officially supported.Â This seems a very smart move to keep Microsoft positioned to as an option as virtual desktop and thin client systems continue to rise in popularity. Many power users already run virtual laptops off of USB drives enabling them to work on a single consistent environment at both home and work without fussing with a laptop/briefcase. This should cement the concept and help keep MS moving towards more secure OS options comparable to VPMs.
With an official version of bootable Windows OS, IT managers could now use a USB Duplicator, such as the one from Nexcopy Inc., to mass produce their installation and/or restore media in a much faster time frame then using an old school optical duplicator.
An additional caveat of the portable Windows system is the speed of the environment.Â Granted, there is nothing like running off a hard disk, but running of NAND flash will be almost as smooth…and with memory performance getting better with USB 3.0 flashdrive devices, it will become two of the same.
Video of Windows8 running on a MacBook Pro after the jump
Just looking at the picture, wouldn’t it be a shame if the Porsche inspired USB hard drive from LaCie got a scratch on it?Â Not many tech products get designed after house-hold names, like Porsche, but it seems LaCie is making a good business out of it.
The exclusive design is available in 500GB and 1TB size with an even more exclusive size of 750GBs only available at Porsche stores.Â Wouldn’t that be odd, “Honey, I’m going down to the Porsche dealership to pick up a hard drive to expand the TiVo box.”Â But, after she saw the hard drive, I’m sure she would understand.
So when you can find a 500GB USB hard drive for about $80, why bother?Â Drop another $20 and get the LaCie Porsche version.Â Now that is money well spent.
For the tech folks, it’s USB 3.0 so great transfer rates.Â For the Uber-Geek, forget about Thunderbolt – sh!t, the spec just came out and I’m sure it took Porsche at least 6 months just to approve the design.Â So stop getting theoretical
EverythingUSB posted a review of the Nexcopy 3.0 USB Duplicator with a bunch of “thumbs up” marks.Â Lets take a closer look.
As far as USB duplicators go, the Nexcopy SSUSB160PC is actually pretty stylish. Its form certainly flows from its function, but Nexcopy has made it to look in a German engineered car sort of way. Because of this form from function design, it is rather rectangular with flat boxy sides. However, Nexcopy did add in some flare where they could. For example, having the top slope downwards from back to front does give it a more aggressive styling. This dash of styling does makes it even more functional as sticking in the 16 flash drives into the 16 USB 3.0 ports on that self same top is actually easier when they are slightly offset in the vertical plane. It’s also a lot easier to check all 32 status lights for the 16 ports (red for bad, green for good).
Where the Nexcopy USB 3.0 duplicator is a serious tool meant for serious work, there is no plastic fascia to be found anywhere. It is made from metal and metal only. Once again, Nexcopy did manage to sneak in some pizazz by having the front’s company logo be CnC’ed milled out. This allows air to be sucked in from the front (as well as the sides through copious amounts of air holes), flow over the internals and then be exhausted out the back of the case via the rear fan. This is a great example of form and function done properly.
I first made an image file of my minted Windows 7 64-bit installation flash drive using the included basic software. (As a note, professional version or upgraded version of the software includes the ability to write protect drives, partition drives or set them as USB CD-ROM devices.) When that was completed, I setup a new batch job; pointed the software at the location of the newly created .IMG file on my hard drive; and then took
Corsair has always gotten good reviews about the speed and performance of their 2.0 USB flash drives.Â So it is no surprise to see Corsair enter the market of 3.0 USB sticks.
As we said years ago, USB 3.0 will start to catch on, and the price points Corsair is publishing for the 8, 16 and 32GB drives proves the point.
The USB 3.0 Flash Voyager looks like all their others, and comes in at a price of:
8GB = 19.95
16GB = 29.99
32GB = 69.99
These seem like great prices for individuals.Â The next question becomes, how does a corporate company who bought a pallet full, perform the data load function.Â Maybe this USB 3.0 Duplicator by Nexcopy would help.
Here is the company line from their press release:
The new Flash Voyager USB 3.0 models bring SuperSpeed USB 3.0 performance to the Flash Voyager family, and share the same durable rubber housing and stylish looks that have made the Flash Voyager family a favorite of consumers looking for fast, reliable, and portable data storage. All Flash Voyager USB 3.0 models are shockproof, water-resistant, backward compatible with USB 2.0/USB 1.1, and provide easy plug-and-play compatibility with most operating systems.
USB Autorun is a favorite among USB promotional companies as it will autorun their website, PDF files or movies.Â USB Autorun also gives the pirates and hackers an open door to reak havoc on your system.
Last year one of the worst virus’ spread via USB and it’s most important attribute for success was the USB autorun function.
This should all change if millions of users update the latest patch from Microsoft which address the autorun problem.Â The update is for all versions of Windows other than Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 to adapt to the behavior in those new versions. After the patch update (KB971029), users who insert a USB device will no longer see a menu option to execute programs on the device itself. The standard menu options, to view files on the device or play media, will remain, and behavior for CD and DVD media also remains unchanged.
Microsoft feels the autorun function was such a big problem for malware jumping onto your system they had to do something.Â Users should note that USB with CD ROM emulation will still trigger the USB autorun function.Â If interested, there are some ways of getting a CD-ROM partition onto a USB stick with gear like what Nexcopy offers.
The update from Microsoft is not considered urgent enough for a security update, but they do consider it an “important” update, so we recommend you use the link in this post and get the update.Â Or approve the next Microsoft update you get from your OS.
It’s clear USB 3.0 is coming.Â It’s an unstoppable train which is building momentum with each new day and each new product launch.Â Millions of PC and peripherals will ship this year with the USB 3.0 SuperSpeed bus interface.Â With that said, it’s no wonder the timing of the Nexcopy SuperSpeed USB duplicator couldn’t be at a better moment.Â Now it’s possible for users to manage these new peripherals without using legacy 2.0 products.
The SSUSB160PC is a 16 target USB duplicator which works off the USB 3.0 technology.Â What you need to remember is that a USB 2.0 stick won’t jump to the 3.0 speed just because it’s a new interface.Â Fortunately, the 3.0 system will easily handle 3.0 hard drives, which seem to be the most prevalent in the market, as well as 3.0 flash drives which are just starting to show as mainstream.
The SSUSB160PC is a slick looking product with a light weight aluminum body making it ideal for on-site duplication and data loading.Â The USB duplicator has a built in 120 watt power supply and will copy at your devices maximum transfer rate.Â For some ideas, it’s reported by Nexcopy that 32GBs of data can copy in about 6 minutes.
We’ve reported on other products from Nexcopy Corporation – maybe it time I request an evaluation unit…some glamor shots after the jump…