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A little advertising for myself

Posted on 2011-09-07
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I am purchasing pen drives with my email address on them to give to potential employers and hiring managers. On the pen i will have my entire portfolio and references, video interviews and images of configured server rooms and network configs i have worked on.
 
My question is i want to make this data stay on the pen and not allow them to discard the data. Is there a way i can do this? Prevent a format maybe. It may be far fetched but if there is any place to ask this question it is here.

Thank you in advance

Mavriikk
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To be honest no - you could make it more difficult to remove but anything you add that would still allow the stick to function in the way you intend would be eraseable.  And anyway don't you want me as a potential customer using the stick as I want on a regular basis and then thinking I need some IT help - how about that guy who gave me the useful flash drive?

Better you get the stick printed with your contact details and a URL where they can get all the stuff again and risk them removing the data.

Also consider that if you put an autorun.inf on there a lot of virus checkers will try deleting that anyway as potentially harmful and if they can't will get very suspicious of the drive.

Give them nice freebies that are permanently marked with your contact details that they'll want to keep.
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by:skinnyquiver
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You could lock the files but like MASQUERAID said you cannot keep the drive from being formated.
If you want to give a user a permanent source of your data give them a business card or a cdrom.
I advise giving the pen drives away with a printed business card
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by:Mavriikk
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Thank you for your feed back. I did consider wanting them to use the drive and i was thinking that there would be plenty of space beyond my small amount of data on the drive. I planned on having my email address printed on the outside but i wanted the data to remain for further reference as well. Good idea with the url though.

Anyone have a good source for cheap usb drives that have printable ads?
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by:JohnnyCanuck
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You could put a small linux partition on it and make it bootable.  This would make the data invisible to windows and protect it from reformatting from within windows.  Since repartitioning drives is beyond most windows users that should preserve your data.  You'd have to put instructions for booting the drive on it somewhere but that might be problematic as the average user doesn't like to muck about in the BIOS to change boot settings.
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by:speak2ab
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For cheap customized print on your usb sticks you can try
http://www.printusb.com/ 

For more customization options and online quotes try
http://www.customusb.com/
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Sure this can't be done using software.
The only possible way is to purchase pen drives with a physical ReadOnly switch. After putting your data you can physically disable/remove this tint switch.

I know this is not a clean way, but this is the only real working solution. ;)
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