Posts Tagged ‘USB’

Microsoft releases update to increase maximum transfer size of USB storage devices in Windows 7

Microsoft has recently made available an update that allows for increase in the maximum transfer size of USB storage devices in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2. Continue reading

Windows Zero-Day Advisory Issued on USB Drives

Microsoft issued a security advisory on Friday about a Windows vulnerability associated with shortcut icons on USB drives.

Most supported Windows versions are subject to the vulnerability. The flaw even touches Service Pack 1 beta for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, which was released last week. Consequently, some describe this USB threat as “the first zero-day” notice issued for that SP1 release.

As yet, there’s no patch for the vulnerability, but  Continue reading

Format USB Drives with USB Disk Formatter

USB Disk Formatter is a freeware tool which allows you to format USB drives easily and quickly. The tool is completely portable and can convert a USB drive from FAT32 to NTFS and also vice versa. It can also enable compression on USB drives. It requires you to run the tool with administrator privileges and it automatically detects the USB drives once they are connected to your PC.

Features;

* Can convert USB Drives into FAT32 and NTFS formats
* Quick Format
* Enable Compression (NFTS system)
* Small Size (only 57 KB)

Download: USB Disk Formatter

Another cool app – Predator

Jing, skype, nero lite are all cool apps. Highly recommended for their specific tasks/functions.

You should also try out Predator – a freeware utility which turns any USB flash drive into a key, with which you can lock & unlock your Windows computer.

Predator locks your PC when you are away, even if your Windows session is still opened. It uses a regular USB flash drive as an access control device, and works as follows:

– You insert the USB drive
– You run PREDATOR (autostart with Windows is possible)
– You do your work.
– When you’re away from your PC, you simply remove the USB drive: Once it is removed, the keyboard and mouse are disabled and the screen darkens
– When you return back to your PC, you put the USB flash drive in place: Keyboard and mouse are immediately released, and the display is restored.

Read “Running PREDATOR for the first time” http://www.montpellier-informatique.com/predator/en/index.php?n=Main.FirstRun to learn how to initialize your USB flash drive.

Read the user’s guide http://www.montpellier-informatique.com/predator/en/index.php?n=Main.Utiliser to learn how to use this software.

It’s easier and faster than closing your Windows session, since you do not have to retype your password when you return.

The free version offers the following features:

– Monitoring options
– Alarm options
– Password options
– Language selection
– AutoStart with Windows
– Check for updates
– Enable pause

Supported Operating Systems:
* Windows XP SP3
* Windows Server 2003
* Windows Server 2008
* Windows Vista
* Windows 7