Permanently save data to USB Flash Drives

Posted on 2006-04-07
Last Modified: 2010-04-03
We purchased some USB flash drives to give to our clients for promotion. Is there a way to permanently save one of our brochures to it. Would like the recipient to be able to add and delete items but not delete or make changes to the brochure. Thanks.
Question by:jmoody
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    Accepted Solution

    No, it would have to be burned permanently on the drive, which means you would not be able to format it

    Author Comment

    Ok, how do you go about burning it on a drive. Is there a device that can burn to flash drives?

    Expert Comment

    I have not found any that actually work as they are described. I have tried to do the same thing before and i found it was just not very feasible.

    Good luck!
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    Expert Comment

    use windows explorer (file manager) to go to the drive, right click on the file name, choose properties at the bottom, set the file permissions to read only and system (add 2 checks), click apply.  This is the best you can do.  If that doesnt work for your staff, the answer is NO.

    Author Comment

    Thanks scrathcyboy, I thought about the read only option and was hoping there was a better way but I may have to go that way.

    lsimmons85 can you tell me what you have tried?
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    Expert Comment

    maybe this is what you want :
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    Expert Comment

    This thing looks pretty good for what you are doing, although it's hard to be sure with their broken English:

    "Data is protected if saved at the Read Only zone, unless it will rewrite by this software. Not like the physical write-protection switch solution, accidental data delete or overwriting will not be occurred.
    The UD-RW itself has a protection area, unlike the product of the other company which adds a security function with software, it is possible to peruse the protected data anywhere without setting up with other PCs.
    Furthermore, the protection area is the firm specification, which cannot be formatted, in the general format."

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    there is one low-tech way... but not for mass production.

    after writing for the final time, open up the drive, and unsolder/break the hardware write protection switch.

    for mass, can use this:

    frankly, i won't use these methods. just use a normal co-labelled thumb drive to store your material. then use pdf password to lock it.

    if u fear that people will delete the file, just print on the thumb drive the website where people can download the pdf again.

    Author Comment

    Thanks but we already have the flash drives and don't want to purchase more now. The company that we bought these from can permanently put files on them but the content changes so it might be outdated by the time we give them out. They might be using the same process as the two links above.

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