A USB drive can do a whole lot more than just transporting your data, which is probably the most common use for a USB drive. But there’s a world of other things you can do with these handy pocket-size drives.
These little-known tricks can be utilized by technogeeks to unlock other smart ways to use USB flash drive.
Lock and Unlock your computer
With Predator, you can turn your USB into a “key” that unlocks your computer when plugged in and locks it when it’s removed. If anyone attempts to access your computer without the key (secret password), they’ll be hit “ACCESS DENIED” message on the screen.
If you have ever seen a movie in which a secret government agent simply inserts and remove a card to log in and out of a Computer? If you thought that idea was cool and smart, you’ll definitely want to try this on your computer.
With Predator (a freeware utility) installed and configured on your computer, you can turn your USB flash drive into a “key” that unlocks your computer when plugged in and locks when it’s removed.
If you use a key to block access to your home or your car, why not do the same for your computer? To download this freeware, you can visit here
Secure your Documents and files
Rohos Mini Drive helps you to recover sensitive data you would prefer to protect from prying eyes, should you lose the drive.
This security tool allows anyone to open a secret partition on the drive and then password-protect (encrypt) that partition, thus protecting any documents you copy to that partition. You can downloadRohos Mini Drive at Download.com
Use it as MP3 player
You can use a USB flash drive as an MP3 player along with Windows Media Player and a set of headphones. Just copy your MP3 files to your USB flash drive, plug it into your computer and you are good to go.
Not all the computers you use have the necessary software media player already installed, so you need to install portable software on your USB memory stick in order to play your music anywhere you go.
By using a portable version of a media player, you’ll be able to listen to music straight from the USB memory stick wherever you can find a USB port. Some of the popular portable music players you can install on your USB memory stick include; CoolPlayer+ Portable, XMplay, Foobar2000
USB flash drive to run a separate Operating System
An operating system can be run from your USB flash drive so you won’t have to modify your existing operating system from your computer’s hard drive.
If you’re curious about Linux (open source operating system), for example, if you are curious about Linux you can install your favorite Linux OS from the USB drive using Pen Drive Linux (Linus live USB creator download)
Create a password reset disk
Password reset disk can really come in handy if you forget the password to your user account on a Windows system.
When you find yourself in a situation like this, you can use the password reset USB to reset your password and quickly get back to your user account. In Windows, you can use USB flash drive rather than a floppy disk as a password reset disk.
Follow these steps to create a reset disk using a USB; Insert your USB flash drive and wait for it to initialize and receive a drive letter, once the drive is ready to use, click the Start button and type User Accounts in the Start Search box.
Click User Accounts in the Results panel. you’ll see the User Accounts dialog box. You will need to locate and click Create A Password Reset Disk in the Tasks panel.
When you see the Forgotten Password Wizard’s Welcome screen, take a look at the information and click on the next screen, you’ll receive a prompt to choose your USB flash drive’s drive letter (name). Then, click next, you’ll see a rapidly moving progress bar.
To complete the operation, click Finish.Safely remove the USB, label it and put it away in a safe place.
Run portable Applications and utilities
Mozilla Firefox, Open Office (word processor, excel, spreadsheet), can run as portable applications from a USB flash drive. When you combine the office suite with the ability to surf the web and check emails, you will be able to take your most vital computing apps with you wherever you go.
You can also install other portable Apps on your flash drive from PortableApps.com