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Q: portable security&protection products on usb flash drives

I do not understand the way antivirus/antimalware/spyware products relate to being portable and existing on a USB flash drive when the main computer's hard drive would or could have some other security and protection product installed. Most or at least some products installed on the hard drive let you program to only scan the flash drive? Do you need to be sure that real-time protection for the portable one on the flash drive is turned off in order to even use this flash drive? Can real time protection for the portable security protection product on the usb flash drive be set to only monitor the flash drive and not touch other directories on the main or hosting computer?

Continuing - If we put a portable security protection program onto flash drive and try a scan with the host computer's main security & protection program, scanning the usb flash drive, would the portable av/antimalware be shown as a threat?

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A: portable security&protection products on usb flash drives

Continuing - If we put a portable security protection program onto flash drive and try a scan with the host computer's main security & protection program, scanning the usb flash drive, would the portable av/antimalware be shown as a threat?Usually not, as the signatures that might trigger other AV are encoded and thus prevent this.

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I used to know of a security system for usb flash drives and pretty much any portable storage.

It used auto-run and a batch file to automatically send an email containing the IP address of any computer that it is plugged into(Except computers in witch you say are ok)

This way, if your flash drive is stolen and used on a foreign computer it will send you an email with the IP address of whoever stole it.

You can use their IP address to locate their location and/or report them to the police.

Unfouruanetly I cannot find the files anywhere on the internet.

If you know what im talking about and perhaps have a link to the files, please post it. Thank you.
 

A:USB Flash Drives and Other Portable Storage Security

Hi and Welcome to TSG,
I've seen such progs for laptops, for instance http://www.absolute.com/solutions-theft-recovery.asp but not flash drives. If you want to secure data on your flash drive (and keep a backup copy elsewhere) you could use the well regarded (free) TrueCrypt in 'traveller mode':
http://www.truecrypt.org/docs/

I hope this helps?

Richard.
 

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Hello,

I transfer often important files on my flash drive or my portable HDD and I would like to password protect them due to lost or theft. I search for encryption programs and also Windows 7 bitlocker but all of them need the program to be installed to be able to open it as not any computer has those program and internet connection.

I would like to know if that there is a way that I can password protect my flash drives and that I may use it on any windows operating system and also without the need of having the program on every computer that I use my flash drives on?

Thanks in advance for your help
Ultiweap
 

A:Flash Drive and Portable HDD Pasword Protection

Hey, if you buy a SanDisk Cruzer with u3 software (which i think they all come with) there is an option which allows you to set a password.
 

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Hi there,

I have today downloaded and installed the Update Windows 10 Home 1903. It went pretty smoothly on the whole, although I had to change some of my settings and other bits and pieces I didn't like about the new set-up.

However, I have found that after the update, my portable USB hard drives and flash drives won't automatically open now. I have to find them in Windows Explorer and click on them myself. They used to open straightaway when I plugged them in. Has anyone any ideas on how to fix this.

Thanks in anticipation.

Gemma
 

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I have a new computer plus a couple of other computers and I have some external hard drives and flash drives. what is the best way to check these devices to make sure they are clean, will just connecting them and viewing them or running AV and other security checks propose a risk to the computer that is checking?
Thanks for any advise!

A:External Hard drives and flash drives security

zformer,

You can consider the use of the Panda Vaccine on your computer and USB Drives:
Download Panda USB and AutoRun Vaccine - MajorGeeks

This tool provides a two way security by vaccinating both computer and/or USB drives.
It work on NTFS, FAT, FAT32 formatted drives.
However, vaccinating a USB drive cannot be undone without formatting the USB disk, using a hex editor, or a File Manager in a Linux distribution..


Next, make sure that your Antivirus can scan USB drives. Some do not have this option.

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If anyone needs flash for portable browsers, go here ---
Portable Adobe Flash Player

Easiest way to use flash for portable browsers. I use on Firefox portable.

The website is of a well known member RejZoR on Wilders & Avast, etc...
 

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I was wondering what the best way to make sure your external drive is functioning as it should?

Also, how much damage is done if your drive loses power abruptly?

Also, why would someone want a larger drive that needs an additional power source compared to a portable drive?
 

A:Checking Drives for errors and difference between portable and large external drives

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Hi, This is a very general post and I am a novice here, and so I apologize in advance if this is not the proper forum to ask this...I just got home from the repair shop after paying $90 to fix some virus/bug which disassociated all my programs (IE, Excel, etc.). Since I couldn't access the internet, I couldn't Google search to find the problem and fix. In case this happens again, I wanted to be prepared by asking a few basic questions:1) What's the best free antivirus/antispyware program to use (in terms of protection)? The guy at the repair shop installed Microsoft Security Essentials. He didn't recommend any pay-for products since he said they don't offer better protection, just extra features and customer support.2) Will any of these antivirus/antispyware programs actually REMOVE a virus/bug AFTER it makes it onto my computer, or do they only act as a preventative tool or quarantine tool?3) If I start getting suspicious pop-ups, etc. indicating a virus may be attempting to affect me, is the best remedy to open Task Manager and simply close all active programs?4) AFTER I know the virus/bug is on my computer, are any generic "Virus Cleansing Programs" available to remove common viruses/bugs? Or must I first diagnose the particular virus and identify the proper fix BEFORE using any virus removal tool? I know some free protection programs offer "scanning," but will they actually remove a virus and cleanse my computer AFTER the... Read more

A:Suggestions for Antivirus/AntiSpyware Protection Products

1) Microsoft Security Essentials is a great antivirus/antispyware program, believe me, I am using it myself. If for some reason, you don't like it, have a look at avast!. Make sure that your antivirus/antispyware app is updated regularly. Just see if Windows Firewall is switched on in addition to that.2) Almost all antivirus/antispyware programs actually remove the infections even after they have entered your computer. And you don't need to worry since an antivirus/antispyware program like MSSE(Microsoft Security Essentials), which has real-time scanning will remove most viruses even before they cause any harm to your computer.3)Not really, closing all the active programs will only rarely cause the virus or spyware to disappear because most viruses try to embed themselves into system processes, not applications. Also, if your antivirus/antispyware app shows a pop-up saying that there's a virus, the best thing you can do at that moment is telling it to clean it.4)After the virus/bug is on your computer. You should first try to do a full scan using your antivirus/antispyware app. Mostly, that will fix the problem and will make your computer clean of virus(es). Otherwise you can download the free version of a program like Malwarebytes and perform a full-scan. More chances are that it will fix the problem, but if not there's always BleepingComputer at your disposal.5) I'd say that it is better that you come here at BleepingComputer to fix your problems. T... Read more

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Hello there,

at present I am faced with the overwhelming decision of which computer protection to use. Despite spending several hours reading reviews, I am still none-the-wiser about which products will best meet my needs.

I am running a home server operating on Windows 7 within a homegroup. I want to protect all three computers in the home, and am looking for something which will provide the best protection without being resource intensive.

In addition, I am now unsure whether I should be choosing a free product or something which requires a paid subscription. I didn't realise free products could offer such comprehensive protection, certainly not comparable to those which charge a premium.

I have previously used Bitdefender Total Protection, which I found to be quite good but occassionally using other software I discovered a few malicious pieces of software had slipped through the net. I have access to Mcafee Internet Security for free, as part of my ISP's package, and currently have ESET Smart Security 4 installed (with an expired subscription).

Please help me get to the bottom of this problem and make it easy for me to choose the most reliable/suitable software.

Thank you in advance!
 

A:Torn with choice of computer protection products

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For example: AV + HitmanPro.Alert,
AV + Zemana AntiMalware and AV + Malwarebytes
 

A:Combining other real time protection products with main AV

So what's the question here?
 

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According to MRG Effitas, a UK-based independent IT security research company, Zemana AntiMalware proved to be the best rasnomware protection and got the highest score among globally known products. The full report you can find here.


 

A:Zemana AntiMalware proved to be the best ransomware protection among globally known products

I don't know why this independent tester didn't include WinAntiRansom. Still, VERY impressive showing by Zemana.
 

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Per the recommendation on another thread to beef up the security on my system, I ran the Secunia Online Software Inspector to check the version security of various software apps on my system. It turned up (among other things) that I've got not 1, but 3 versions of flash living on my system: Adobe Flash 10.0.12, Adobe Flash 9.0.47, & Macromedia Flash 7.0.19.

I have 2 questions:

1) Do I need both Adobe & Macromedia versions? What's the difference?

2) I checked the add/remove programs, and the Adobe verion 9 doesn't show up. Pretty sure I don't need both versions 9 & 10, but how to I get rid of 9?

Thanks in advance...!

A:Need a primer on Flash products

Use the Flash removal tool.http://kb.adobe.com/selfservice/viewConten...rnalId=tn_14157

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I've been looking into this for a while, though was curious if anyone had more insight?

It seems that portable drives are hard to make over 1.5 TB because power over USB has a hard time powering more. Also, with the floods in Taiwan in 2011 it seems the HD market was hit hard.

What are your thoughts on 2 TB portables, and think we'll see them in 2012?
 

A:When will 2 TB portable drives come out?

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I would like to put my passwords etc on a portable usb drive but would obviously need some security in case it falls into the wrong hands. Can you advise me on this please ?
 

A:portable usb drives

You use a program designed to store passwords and run from a flash drive.
http://portableapps.com/apps/utilities/keepass_portable
http://passwordsafe.sourceforge.net/
 

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Adobe closes critical holes in Flash products dated 11 August, 2010 at 12:55 PM.

Adobe says that all versions of Flash Player up to 10.1.53.64 are vulnerable and advises users to update to the current version 10.1.82.76.

-- Tom
 

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Hi There,

I have recently copied all my CDs on to my itunes.
I'm thinking now it would be a good idea to be able to quickly back up the itunes folder.
At present I have it all on an external hard drive.
Should anything happen to this I'd lost all my music - not good.

So I'm after a portable external hard drive, approx 20G.
Doesn't have to be particularly fast transfer, as I'd only be backing up about once a week.
Also, I'd rather it be USB power based as I can't really be bothered to scramble around behind the desk plugging things in.

Any suggestions?
 

A:portable hard drives

You have a huge pool to choose from and it keeps changing all the time.
I have a couple of little 40GB Smartdisk Firelite external drives which have worked without problems. They have both USB and Firewire versions, but I've never tried the Firewire. They run on a single USB cable but you can buy an optional mains adapter if you wish.
The only niggle was that they were both bought from Staples, a few months apart, yet they use different drivers for Windows 98SE.
 

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I use a few portable USB drives with my Zinwell media player. I safely remove the drive from the player. When I plug in back into the pc, I get a message asking if I want to scan for errors. It does this each time I plug it back into the pc. I had a Seagate player and the same thing happened.

Tried plugging the same drives into an XP pc and the check errors message did not appear. Is this just a Windows 7 thing?

A:Portable Hard Drives

Sounds like you have some security option enabled to scan removable drives. It's not inherent to Win7. Check your security suite for the setting.

And welcome to Seven forums.

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I need a portable hard drive to backup picures an movies & files ,Does any body no of a good one at lease 1 TB , i have 2.0 usb ports . Any help would be appreciated Thanks in advance

A:portable hard drives

I personally like to buy a regular 2.5" laptop drive and a case to go with it. Saves you about $20 compared to the factory made and takes about two minutes to put together.

Newegg.com - Vantec NexStar CX 2.5" SATA to USB 2.0 External Hard Drive/SSD Enclosure (Supports 7mm, 9.5mm, 12.5mm HDD/SSD) - Model NST-200S2-BK

Pick a drive with the capacity you need. I wouldn't pay extra for a super fast drive since it's going to be running off a USB port anyway.

Newegg.com - Notebook Hard Drives, Laptop Hard Drives

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Hey,

I just wanted to know what software is good for use on a Portable Hard Drive?

Thanks

A:Software For Portable Hard Drives

You need to be more specific on what you mean by program. I can only guess you're talking about back-up software. The 2 more popular ones are Acronis Tru Image and Norton GhostAlso take a look at our Freeware Applications thread

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i bought a 200G portable hard drive so i could transfer files form my home pc to my work g4 apple mac. but i did the stupid thing of formatting it on my pc so now it refuses to work on the g4. is there any way to deformat the disk or install a new driver that enables use on both. please help me as i have to complete a contract in the next week and this is killing me.
 

A:unformatting portable hard drives

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What is the correct way to disconnect a USB portable drive from a Win7 system running Windows PE (during image capture/deployment)? Can I just pull out the USB connector or is there a safer method?

A:Disconnecting Portable USB drives in Windows PE

Hi,
 
Try to make your removal drive offline with diskpart tool then eject it.
 
DiskPart
 
Hope it helps.
 
Alex ZhaoPlease remember to click ?Mark as Answer? on the post that helps you, and to click ?Unmark as Answer? if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.

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For use with my laptop, which has a rather small hard drive, can I load programs such as Adobe Photoshop, CorelDraw, etc. to my portable hard drive and run them from there, like haveing 2 hard drives in my computer?
 

A:Programs on Portable Hard Drives?

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I run a computer repair business, and my customers really appreciate it when coming to their homes is an option. They simply dont want to bring the tower to my home shop. As such, I thought it would be a great idea to become completely mobile, where I could carry everything I normally would need or use in a single bag to solve or repair most computer problems. This has worked very successfully, until I decided to purchase a western digital portable hard drive from ebay. Everything was fine until a couple weeks ago, when it started emitting a general clicking sound, and continuous spin and stopping sound. I hadnt even had the hard drive for 2 months yet. Obviously the last thing I wanted to hear on a hard drive (I had just backed up a customers data after reformatting their system too). Did an RMA on the thing, sent it to western digital for replacement. So in the meantime, I still needed something to back up customers data with. I bought a seagate portable Freeagent go 250 gig from walmart. Pulled it out to back up a systems files, and wont even show up when I plug it in. Listened to the hard drive up close, and sure enough its doing the same thing as the western digital drive. Just not the clicking this time. I've only had this one for a little over a week. And so, I'm in a dilemma of sorts, as what I should do about this situation. Seems to me that although portable, which is very nice, packing these skimpy portable drives in with my other gear doesn... Read more

A:Portable hard drives unreliable?

I have had this happen with my WD Passport drive if it was not getting enough power from the USB port. My university has those Dell monitors with USB ports in them and whenever I connect the drive to those I get this. The USB ports in the chassis work fine though. The drive light is usually dim if it isn't getting enough power.

Tried another USB port or cable to see if that fixes the problem?
 

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If anyone needs flash for portable browsers, go here ---
Portable Adobe Flash Player

Easiest way to use flash for portable browsers. I use on Firefox portable.

The website is of a well known member RejZoR on Wilders & Avast, etc...
 

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Hey guys,

For some time I've been using Zonealarm but yersterday I tried to update it and encountered all sorts of problems that have put me off this product.

I'm looking for a new firewall and some sort of anti virus programme.

Free ideally....
What do you guys have running no your systems currently and how have you found using it?
Thanks

Ef
 

A:What security products are you currently using?

Here are some tips, to reduce the potential for spyware infection in the future, I strongly recommend installing the following applications:

Detect and Remove Programs:
How to use Ad-Aware to remove Spyware <= If you suspect that you have spyware installed on your computer, here are instructions on how to download, install and then use Ad-Aware.
How to use Spybot to remove Spyware <= If you suspect that you have spyware installed on your computer, here are instructions on how to download, install and then use Spybot. Similar to Ad-Aware, I strongly recommend both to catch most spyware.
Prevention Programs:
Spywareblaster <= SpywareBlaster will prevent spyware from being installed.
Spywareguard <= SpywareGuard offers realtime protection from spyware installation attempts.
IE/Spyad <= IE/Spyad places over 4000 websites and domains in the IE Restricted list which will severely impair attempts to infect your system. It basically prevents any downloads (Cookies etc) from the sites listed, although you will still be able to connect to the sites.
MVPS Hosts file <= The MVPS Hosts file replaces your current HOSTS file with one containing well know ad sites etc. Basically, this prevents your coputer from connecting to those sites by redirecting them to 127.0.0.1 which is your local computer
Google Toolbar <= Get the free google toolbar to help stop pop up windows.
Other necessary Programs:
AntiVirus Program<= An AntiVirus program is a must! Whether it is a f... Read more

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Yesterday I discovered my computer will no longer read my flash drives, external hard drives or SD cards.  If I plug in any of them, they don’t even show up in Disk Management.  In Device Manager they will show up, but will have a yellow flag and under Properties it says the driver for this device is not installed even though they’ve been used before on the computer.  Clicking “Update Driver” doesn’t help because it searches and says there are no drivers for this device.  If I go to the “Events” tab, it gives the  date and “Device configured (null)”.
 
I restarted my computer today, hoping it might correct this problem, but when restarting I ended up with a message about an inaccessible boot drive.  After going into a loop several times where it told me about the inaccessible boot drive and then restarted again, I finally ended up with a screen that gave me more options for troubleshooting such as doing a system restore point.  I had the computer perform a system restore and finally it took me to the welcome screen and then desktop.  Anyway, rebooting did not correct the problem about my computer not reading my flash drives, external hard drives or SD card.  Any ideas?  Maybe the problems I’m having are related to a recent Windows update (computer seemed to be working fine before the update), but don’t know for sure. 
 
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A:Computer no longer reads flash drives, external hard drives.

What you want to do is to go to the HP wesite's support page, find your computer and you should be able to download the current drivers. Here is a link to the page. https://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers

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I have always imaged my Windows 7 laptop using the in built Windows system image back up and it works great. A couple of times I have restored the image to get me out of a hole and it worked every time.

Anyway over the weekend I went to take an up to date image onto my USB 3.0 WD My Book Hard drive. I plugged the USB drive into the power strip and heard a loud bang like a balloon being burst. I quickly unplugged the USB drive. After a change of underwear I flipped the breaker back up to restore upstairs power. Everything came back to life indicating the problem must of been with the USB hard drive. But bizarrely when I tested the WD drive at another power strip it lit up and seemed to still be alive!!! So I put it down to one of those unexplained things and proceeded to start the windows image of the laptop. It took a while because it was backing up 650 gb of data and hadn't been done for nearly 6 months. After about 2 or 3 hours it was nearing the end of finishing the image backup when suddenly I got BSOD on Windows 7. Pretty annoying. I force powered off the laptop and rebooted windows. I decided to try and start the imaging off again but now the USB HD isn't detected by windows when I plug it into any of the USB ports. I tested the ports with a couple of small USB flash drives and they were detected just fine. So the problem obviously lies with the WD drive. I am just worried by the BSOD and whether that may of risked damage to my windows installation being disrupted dur... Read more

A:Are portable USB hard drives ok to use for Windows Image?

Yes, no problem. The external drives that require their own power supply are generally 3.5" drives while the smaller drives that can be powered via the USB port are generally 2.5" drives. Neither is "safer" or more reliable so it's simply a matter of personal preference which you use. As long as the smaller drive is large enough disk space wise to handle your backup needs then it is certainly much handier since there's no need to plug in for additional power.

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I've been receiving BSODs and after failing to resolve it, I am going to do a clean install, but I want to transfer all my files to an external which I am going to buy later today.

Regarding 1TB hard drives, are they more sensitive than devices that hold less storage space, more fragile? I have been looking at a toshiba brand and WD. Both are 1TB and have 2.0 and 3.0 capability. Despite my research and due to my indecisiveness it is hard to pick between the two. I just don't want a drive to fail on me.

Thinking more about it, would a smaller hard drive be more reliable? I am open to getting a seagate or WD at 250 or 320 gb.

I don't know too much about portable hard drives besides the obvious, so if you could help clear up my confusion, I will greatly appreciate.

Thanks!
 

A:Questions on portable hard drives (1TB and various brands)

There really is no difference in hard drive brands so I wouldn't get too hung up on which brand to buy. I don't think there is any benefit to getting a smaller drive now over a 1TB. 1TB drives have been out for a long time now, the only time you want to be a bit cautious on buying a big drive is if its the biggest that company offers at that point in time.

For example, a few years back someone (I forget who right now) made a 1.5TB drive and it released with bad firmware causing very early failures - that got 'fixed' with a firmware update, but drives still had an abnormally high failure rate so I think there was something really wrong with those drives initially. Later releases of the same drive were fine. So, don't buy the biggest you can find and things will be fine.
 

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My computer is having trouble reading more than 1 portable external hard drive at the same time.

It will read my ac powered external hard drive (3.5') and 1 other portable hard drive(2.5') just fine, but when I try to plug in two portable hard drives, my computer only reads one of them. Both drives are powered on when they connect (Both light up and I can feel both of them running), but only one shows up in My Computer.

Note: Occasionally both drives show up when I plug them both in, but then eventually one of the drives becomes unreadable; All I see are bunch of empty folders (which are suppose to be filled with my stuff).

Note 2: Both drives are western digital. I've tried a toshiba one in the mix, but still get the same problem

Anybody know what's going on? Is this common with the new usb 3.0 portable hard drives? (i'm only using the usb 2.0 ports though)
 

A:Cannot read multiple portable hard drives

Have you tried different USB ports or tried a repeater. USB only gives out so much voltage. I still have USB DVD drives that have a double ended USB cable so it could pull power from two ports.
 

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Hi, I have a WD My Passport Ultra portable drive which comes with password protection to secure the data in case of loss. But I also have a Seagate one which does NOT come with such a feature. Is there another method I could use to password-protect these drives, perhaps built-in to Windows 10? I would probably prefer that anyway because I don't like using the pre-installed software that comes on portable drives...

A:Is there any way to password-protect portable drives we connect?

If you have Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise you can use BitLocker.

This seems to be free:
https://www.timeatlas.com/password-protect-usb-drive/

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I have 2 USB powered portable hard drives (1 is a WD 2TB drive and the other is a WD 3TB drive. My problem is it will only let me transfer one video file at a time from the 2TB to the 3TB drive. When I click on multiple video files nothing happens. When I only try one it transfers over. Both drives are NTFS. Is there something I can change to allow it to move multiple files? Thanks in advance for everyone's help!!
 

A:Tansfer Files from portable Hard Drives

Might help if you told us the operating system you are running and how you are trying to transfer them? Are you trying to move them or copy them? Are your trying to drag the selected files from one open folder to another? Are you doing a copy and paste between folders?
 

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Has anyone purchased a Western Digital Passport portable hard drive recently? The reviews I'm reading are saying that they ship with software installed that cannot be deleted and that mounds a virtual CD drive when connected. I'm wondering if perhaps these reviewers just aren't savvy in deleting partitions using 3rd party utilities or if there really is something in the firmware of the drive that causes this behavior.

Or does anyone recommend another brand for a portable drive? I need a portable drive because an external power source is not practical in this case.
 

A:Western Digital Passport Portable Drives

DoubleHelix said:


Has anyone purchased a Western Digital Passport portable hard drive recently? The reviews I'm reading are saying that they ship with software installed that cannot be deleted and that mounds a virtual CD drive when connected. I'm wondering if perhaps these reviewers just aren't savvy in deleting partitions using 3rd party utilities or if there really is something in the firmware of the drive that causes this behavior.

Or does anyone recommend another brand for a portable drive? I need a portable drive because an external power source is not practical in this case.Click to expand...

I dont know about that but.............they have changed the interface to where it plugs in though.
So basically you cant take it out of the case...pull off the usb adapter and toss it in PC...or just toss it in your old enclosure.
I remember reading about it here in the forums a few months ago.
IMO this is a big deal versatility is now taken away.
My next purchase will be a seagate......only after a little research ofcourse to make sure they havent done what WD has.

For whats its worth..My hdd in my laptop right now started out as a WD passport...I took the seagate out and put it in the WD enclosure..complete with Vista still on it as well as the recovery partition.
I still use it to back up files...I just copy them over to folders I created myself....works great.

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Hi there

IMO these portable USB3 self powered (passport) type drives are a total con with regard to performance -- I get SLOWER performance from these plugged into a proper USB3 port than I do from an older 7200 RPM Hitachi laptop drive connected to even a USB2 port via a SATA==>USB2 cable,

(Not talking about large mains powered external USB3 drives -- these work fine).

Am I alone in this or is this a general sentiment. Note the laptops I've been using have a genuine USB3 (blue) connector with two sockets on the disk end and am not using a hub.

I'm still happy to use these small drives as they are 2GB - quite a decent capacity for a portable pocket size drive - but the performance leaves me seriously "underwhelmed".

I know that 7200 RPM laptop HDD's are as rare as hens teeth these days but USB3 advertises itself as being capable of up to 10X USB 2 speed. My observation has been very different so far (apart from as I have said the full size non portable external MAINS powered USB3 drives which DO work as advertised).

Cheers
jimbo

A:Portable USB3 drives - appalling performance

The passport ones are probably those that get the 5V power from the USB port only. Bigger / 7200rpm drivers require external power supply providing the extra power mainly 12V (up to 2A) and we don't need to think twice which one of these drivers performs better.

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Hi,

I recently tried to install some portable apps (mainly ccleaner and browsers). I realised the loading and running it is quite slow. I wondered if it is due to the use of USB 2.0 flash drive? would 3.0 work faster? I'm using windows 10 Home.
 

A:Portable Programs on USB 2.0 Flash Drive

Yes USB 3.0 would be a lot faster.
 

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Find that this LaCie iamaKey 8GB USB 2.0 Portable Flash Drive is only $25.99, ($3.25/GB). Sounds great.

It looks like a key..
Is this a good Portable Flash Drive?
 

A:Is this a good Portable Flash Drive?

I've personally never had any experience with them and would rather go with a well known (to me) reliable Patriot Xporter XT Boost 8GB Flash Drive (USB 2.0 Portable) Model PEF8GUSB - Retail. Thats just my opinion.
 

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Portable browsers are supposed to run while they are on a removable storage device. YouTube videos require the browser to have a plugin of Flash Player in the browser. Flash Player is not portable. This means we cannot play YouTube videos with a portable browser on a flash drive because Flash Player is not portable. Is this wrong or correct? If correct, how could we play YouTube videos with a browser on a portable storage device?EDIT: Partial answer to my own question - The portable version of Iron browser apparantly has a Flash Player built-in the package. I unpacked the zipped file of Iron Browser, portable version onto a usb flash drive, visited YouTube, and played a video there with no problem.

A:any portable browser, flash player?

Try here: Portable apps

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Good evening to all;
We periodically have our computer scanned by MS(free)and all is hunkie dorrie. Then, PC tools(who'd like us to buy their product)says that there are hundreds of gremlins scurrying around doing God knows what.We had a mayor infection last year that took forever to correct and left me paranoid.At the time we had AVG, and we were still affected. any suggestions as to a reliable source for protection,anomoly removal, doesn't matter if it's free or not ..........THANKS

A:questions about security products

Hello lowtechcowboy.Choosing a security toolkit with anti-virus, firewall and anti-malware programs is a matter of personal preference, your technical ability and experience, features offered, the amount of resources utilized, how it may affect system performance and what will work best for your system. Other factors to consider include effectiveness, user friendliness, ease of updating, ease of installation and removal. A particular combination that works well for one person may not work as well for another. There is no universal "one size fits all" solution that works for everyone. You may need to experiment and find what is most suitable for your needs. Another factor to consider is whether you want to use paid for products or free alternatives.No single product is 100% foolproof and can prevent, detect and remove all threats at any given time. The security community is in a constant state of change as new infections appear. Each vendor has its own definition of what constitutes malware and scanning your computer using different criteria will yield different results. The fact that each program has its own definition files means that some malware may be picked up by one that could be missed by another. Thus, a multi-layered defense using several anti-spyware products (including an effective firewall) to supplement your anti-virus combined with common sense, safe computing and safe surfing habits provides the most complete protection.Important Tip: Always reme... Read more

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Just wondering if anybody has tried any of the Norman security products and what they thought of them

Bob
 

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We are going to establish a financing company. In Order to keep the confidentiality of clients and accounts transactions we need to setup an efficient security firewall. Initially we were thinking of consulting some companies providing cyber security products like NCI in Mississauga. But we doubt whether it safe to expose our system details to an outsider. I think getting advice from experienced people would be really helpful. Expecting your replies. Thank you.
 

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A few days ago, my computer, which had been recently cleaned of a root kit, started mysteriously having popups for windows security products that were 'unregistered.' They pop up in 3's, and once you x them out they come right back. I have Webroot antivirus installed on my computer and every night I scan it and every night it says it removed 'rogue security products' but as soon as I go to any website, they come right back! X them out and they come right back.

This is my most recent and bothersome problem, but it has never really gotten rid of a google redirect problems that say 'jump and 'redirect' every time you try to search something. If you click back enough, it will go to what you wanted, but it never goes away. I have also had issues with svchost multiplying and cpu usage going to 100% for no apparent reason.

My computer is about 5 years old and is a windows XP e machine.

Thanks for any help and advice!

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DDS (Ver_11-05-19.01) - NTFSx86
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_20
Run by Lori at 2:39:59 on 2002-01-26
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.510.129 [GMT -5:00]
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AV: AVG Anti-Virus Free *Disabled/Outdated* {17DDD097-36FF-435F-9E1B-52D74245D6BF}
AV: Webroot AntiVirus with Spy Sweeper *Enabled/Updated* {77E10C7F-2CCA-4187-9394-BDBC267AD597}
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A:Fake security products

Hello and welcome to the forums!My secret agent name on the forums is SweetTech (you can call me ST for short), it's a pleasure to meet you. I am very sorry for the delay in responding, but as you can see we are at the moment being flooded with logs which, when paired with the never-ending shortage of helpers, resulted in the delayed responding to your thread.I would be glad to take a look at your log and help you with solving any malware problems.If you have since resolved the issues you were originally experiencing, or have received help elsewhere, please inform me so that this topic can be closed. If you have not, please adhere to the guidelines below and then follow instructions as outlined further below:Logs from malware removal programs (OTL is one of them) can take some time to analyze. I need you to be patient while I analyze any logs you post. Please remember, I am a volunteer, and I do have a life outside of these forums.
Please make sure to carefully read any instruction that I give you. Attention to detail is important! Since I cannot see or directly interact with your computer I am dependent on you to "be my eyes" and provide as much information as you can regarding the current state of your computer.
If you're not sure, or if something unexpected happens, do NOT continue! Stop and ask!
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hi guys!!!
i m not a real pro in computer security area but from what i have learnt through experience ,blogs and all i think following is the best FREE security products combination....
1) avira free antivirus
2) pc tools threat fire
3) comodo firewall...
i know that for using threat fire and comodo firewall in advanced mode u need some extra knowledge ...but stilll....
what u guys think...??
any other good combinations??
 

A:Best Combination Of Security Products

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Hello,

I have a Sony VAIO running Windows XP, with 1GB RAM. I have recently had Windows reinstalled after what was suspected to be a virus stopped it from booting up. I was running AVG Free along with Spybot and Malwarebytes free version. None of these picked up the virus. In the computer shop where the problem was sorted Norton apparently picked up the virus.

I don't know if BC has a policy regarding recommending programs, so apologies if this is not appropriate, however I would appreciate some advice about whether AVG is perhaps not the most secure option. I can't seem to see any info about this on BC, and other sites seem to have quite conflicting information.
I am happy to pay for a product and I know that no software provides 100% protection, however the fact that AVG and spybot didn't pick up the virus in either their scans or their resident protection I find quite worrying.

I am currently using the trial version of Norton Internet Security 2011.

The fact that a store like PC World uses Norton and Malwarebytes might indicate that it is highly recommended. However about 5 years ago I was using it and it failed to pick up, I think, about 20 viruses. An independent computer shop said that Norton had at that time gone off and that AVG was better.
Does anyone know if there was a dip in service at around that time and whether Norton has improved since then?

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A:Antivirus and Security Products

Choosing a security toolkit with anti-virus, firewall and anti-malware programs is a matter of personal preference, your technical ability and experience, features offered, user friendliness, ease of updating (and upgrading to new program release), ease of installation/removal, available technical support from the vendor and price. Other factors to consider include detection rates and methods, scanning engine effectiveness, how often virus definitions are updated, the amount of resources the program utilizes, how it may affect system performance and what will work best for your system. A particular anti-virus that works well for one person may not work as well for another. You may need to experiment and find the one most suitable for your use and your system. There is no universal "one size fits all" solution that works for everyone. For more specific information to consider, please read Choosing Your Anti-virus Software.No single product is 100% foolproof and can prevent, detect and remove all threats at any given time. The security community is in a constant state of change as new infections appear. Each vendor has its own definition of what constitutes malware and scanning your computer using different criteria will yield different results. The fact that each program has its own definition files means that some malware may be picked up by one that could be missed by another. Thus, a multi-layered defense using several anti-spyware products (including an effective... Read more

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I am running Windows XP SP3 right now on a Lenovo 7650-ELU and experiencing some odd problems. For some reason, the laptop I have will not recognize USB Flash Drives that I put into it or External Hard Drives. I know that the USB ports work correctly, because I have plugged in optical mouses and keyboards that work. I searched the forums and didn't see anything like this.

It's odd how when I first insert them, it makes the sound and shows the icon in the taskbar that would allow me to safely remove the device, but nothing else. So far, I have gone into the device manager and uninstalled all the USB ports and restarted hoping this would solve my problem, but it continues to do the same thing.

If anyone has some helpful advise, please post. I appreciate all the help.

Cheers!

A:USB Ports Don't Recognize Flash Drives or External Hard Drives

Has it ever worked before?

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BSOD whenever a usb device gets plugged -flash drives, external drives

- Thanks for having this forum

A:BSOD whenever a usb device gets plugged -flash drives, external drives

Code:
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Use !analyze -v to get detailed debugging information.

BugCheck 1000007E, {ffffffffc0000005, fffff8000348bda9, fffff880039bcd58, fffff880039bc5b0}

*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for snapman.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for snapman.sys
Probably caused by : disk.sys ( disk! ?? ::FNODOBFM::`string'+70f )

Followup: MachineOwner
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2: kd> lmvm snapman
start end module name
fffff880`01e00000 fffff880`01e46000 snapman T (no symbols)
Loaded symbol image file: snapman.sys
Image path: snapman.sys
Image name: snapman.sys
Timestamp: Wed Mar 09 23:52:38 2011 (4D777F1E)
CheckSum: 0004F614
ImageSize: 00046000
Translations: 0000.04b0 0000.04e4 0409.04b0 0409.04e4
Ensure Windows is updated, then reboot and update your Acronis installation:
Backup software for data backup and disaster recovery in Windows and Linux - Acronis

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I was wondering what the best way to make sure your external drive is functioning as it should?

Also, how much damage is done if your drive loses power abruptly?

Also, why would someone want a larger drive that needs an additional power source compared to a portable drive?

A:Checking Drives for errors and difference between portable and large

Ok mate try one of the hard drive testing tools Seatools SeaTools for Windows | Seagate

plus the disk surface test with the Partition Wizard Best Free Partition Manager Freeware and free partition magic for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition.
click on the drive you want to test click on surface test and then Apply at the top it might take some time to do with a large drive though.

Personally I don't like large drives for this very reason ls it and you lose a lot.

The power source is self explanatory really it is probably because the power required via the USB connection is not adequate to run the drive.

As for data loss in a power outage well once it is up and running just go through the data and see for yourself.

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The thought that I've lost a a good 75% of my files in my flash drive is a little too much to bear right now, and lest I have a complete nervous breakdown, I think I'm going to say that they're there, but I don't know how to get them.

I was told by an incompetant sack of **** at Best Buy -- when reflecting on the imperative need to buy a new PC in order to transfer my files before a deadline -- that a flash drive will keep my files safe until I'm ready to buy a new PC. "They're not going anywhere, right?" I say. "They're not going to just disappear, are they? They're staying in there." He agreed with me, and assured me that they'd be there for a long time.

Well, I finally bring the two flash drives out this morning after 6 months of looking forward to the time I get to see my files again, and I find that a lot of my files (ALL of my pictures) are now nowwhere to be seen; even though I filled a 16GB (which I precisely paid no small sum of money in order to use every KB of it) to max capacity, and then the rest on another. One of the flash drives appears to have NOTHING on it, and the other that was filled has all my pictures lost.

But, of course, they're not really gone, right? They're still there! From what I've been told, there's nothing that can cause data loss, right? Right?
 

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