Read-only USB Drive

Posted on 2005-05-02
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
Is there a way that I can put promotional material on a USB(Pen) Drive and make it read only so that people can not delete it off the drive?  I want to put some presentations on there with custom logos, but I always want the presentations to be on there except have the users delete it all 5 minutes after they get it.
Question by:jeffmace
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    Some such drives have utilities with security features.
    If those are no option, and you are using XP, you can try formating those drives using ntfs. In ntfs you can finely set the rights on the drive.
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    use the utility that comes with the drive to set a password.  Sandisk is great for this

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    by:Duncan Meyers
    I'm looking at my Comsol 256MB USB drive. It has a write-protect switch on the side (as do many USB drives I've seen). Perhaps you could write to the drive then switch to write-protected, then a dab of superglue or epoxy resin to seal the switch?
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    Do you want the users to be able to use the pen drive also, to store their own stuff?

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    Another option is to use burn your presentations to business card sized CD-Rs and give those out instead.  You can check the sites below to look at options.
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    by:Duncan Meyers
    Split, maybe? They are all good solutions to the posed question to my mind...

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