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Cruzer Dial USB Flash Drive 32GB Pack

I bought Cruzer Dial USB Flash Drive 32GB Pack at Costco last week. It is on reduced price.

32GB 2-pack.

The USB Flash Drive has the following features:

  • USB 2.0
  • 2-Year limited warranty
  • Password Protection and file privacy with included SanDisk SecureAccess Software

The USB connector, which is black, is not metal, but plastic.

When I plug in the Disk to my computer. It has following files and folder.

The PDF file, Back Up Your Files to the Cloud is to promote a third party cloud service.

Back Up Your Files to the Cloud

I have not heard it before. And I don’t want to try it, because I use Dropbox to backup and sync important files.

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Kingston DataTraveler 100 G3 32GB USB Drive

I bought a new Kingston DataTraveler 100 G3 USB Flash Drive. 32GB.

Checked the specification from the official website.

Kingston’s DataTraveler® 100 G3 (DT100G3) USB Flash drive is compliant with next-generation USB 3.0 specifications to take advantage of technology in newer notebooks, desktop PCs and digital devices. DT100G3 makes storing and transferring documents, presentations, music, video and more quicker and easier than ever

DT100G3 features a sleek, cost-effective design to make the transition to a satisfying USB 3.0 experience a minimal investment. Available in capacities from 16GB–128GB, DT100G3 is backward compatible with USB 2.0 and has five-year warranty. Future-proof your portable storage now!

Features

  • Compliant – with USB 3.0 specifications
  • Dual Compatibility – USB 3.0 connectivity; backwards compatible with USB 2.0
  • Customisable – Co-Logo program available
  • Guaranteed – five-year warranty, free technical support

 

Price is US$14.95 plus tax.

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Patriot Memory Spark 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive

Patriot Memory Spark 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive is a quite small flash drive. I put it beside ten cents Canadian coin and five cents US Dollar.

patriot-64gb-size

Specification

Weight 15 g
Dimensions 13.2 x 10 x 0.89 cm
Capacity 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 16GB
Warranty 2 Years
Certifications RoHS, FCC, CE
Country of Origin Taiwan
Unit Dimension Width 1.22cm
Unit Dimension Height 2.05cm
Unit Dimension Length 0.45cm
Unit Weight 3gm

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How to make a bootable USB drive

Yesterday, I serched the tool to make a bootableUSB drive with DOS command.

Rufus tool is one of the choice.

I download the tool. It is only 788KB.  Just click it and run on the Windows 7.

 

rufus

Look at the screenshot above. I plug in a 2GB USB drive. Then choose the bootable option, MS-DOS. Click start and done in seconds.

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What is exFAT

Saw a new type of disk format, exFAT. I am only knowing FAT, FAT32, NTFS, and some others for Linux operation system.

Today, when I try to format a microSD card, it has a new option, exFAT.

exfat-format

What is exFAT?

 

File size limit is now 16 exabytes.
Format size limits and files per directory limits are practically eliminated.
Like HPFS, exFAT uses free space bitmaps to reduce fragmentation and free space allocation/detection issues.
Like HTFS, permission systems should be able to be attached through an access control list (ACL). It is unclear if or when Vista will include this feature, however.

Interestingly enough, exFAT is not used and was not designed for formatting hard drives. It is only recommended in flash memory storage and other external devices only. This is why it is currently not considered a huge competitor to NTFS on hard drives.

 

For me, I know that flash drive capacity is getting bigger and bigger. And also the file size, I mean the video file size is also getting bigger and bigger.

FAT32 has a limitation of 4GB file size limit.

NTFS and exFAt can store a single file with 5Gb or evern more.

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Make a bootable USB disk to flash MB BIOS

Sometimes I need to flash the mother-board BIOS from DOS. Actually now I have not tools can boot the PC to DOS. There is no floppy disk driver on it. I can only make a DOS bootable USB disk to do the job.

So I have the USB disk on hand. It is 2GB, the smallest capacity one I have.

The method to make a bootable USB disk is a little bit different from the one I blogged 6 years ago.

Preparation:

1) Download flash tools – HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool (Please google it and find the download link by yourself)

2) Download DOS package , named Win98 boot. (Also try to google it)

3) Decompress these two file.

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Verbatim USB Drive Store N Go 16GB

Today, I went to Staples to buy some school supplies for Grace, my elder daughter.
As a by-purchase, I bought a USB disk. Verbatim USB Drive. I have some USB disk. But this time I just want to buy larger capacity disk.
8GB is minimum. Compare the price and capacity of the product. I chose Verbatim 16GB Store N Go.
The original price is $49.96. There is $20.00 instance rebate, so it is $29.96.

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The retractable housing easily slides in and out–no cap to lose. For sensitive files, these drives offer password protection (*works with Windows operating systems only.) for your peace of mind.
The reason why I pick this brand, is that it makes me think about the floppy disk I used 15 years ago on Intel 386DX PC.

Install Windows 7 on Netbook

Here is a general instruction about how to install Windows 7 on Netbook.
1. Prepare the USB disk with 4GB. The ISO is about 2.4G. So the 2GB usb flash drive is not big enough.
2.Have the Windows 7 ISO on hand.
3. Plug flash disk into your PC
First type DISKPART and hit enter.
4. Next type LIST DISK command and note down the Disk number (ex: Disk 1) of your USB flash drive. In the below screenshot my Flash Drive Disk no is Disk 1.

SELECT DISK 1
CLEAN
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
SELECT PARTITION 1
ACTIVE
FORMAT FS=NTFS
(Format process may take few seconds)
ASSIGN
EXIT

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