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How to Install Windows from a USB Flash Drive.

    • The Flash Drive should have a decent read/write speed

       
    • The size of the drive should be at least 4GB

  1. To prepare the USB Flash Drive, we need access to a computer running either Windows Vista™ or Windows 7™. Insert the Flash Drive in the computer and wait for the computer to recognize the drive.

  2. Click START > All Programs > Accessories

  3. Right click on Command Prompt and select “Run As Administrator”

  4. In Command Prompt, type DISKPART

  5. Type SELECT DISK 1 [ The Picture Shows 2 Because Of My Drive Allocations ]

     
  6. Type CLEAN [ A successful clean will prompt the message “Diskpart succeeded in cleaning the disk” ]

     
  7. Type CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY

  8. Type SELECT PARTITION 1

  9. Type ACTIVE

    • By following the above step we have just created a USB Flash Drive capable of booting from the system BIOS.

      Copying The Installation Files
  1. The next step is to copy the files from the Original Windows Vista™ / Windows 7™ disc. Before we copy the content of the disc to the Flash Drive, we have to make sure that the drive is ready to accept files. In the same Command Prompt that we have used in the previous step, type the following commands

    • Type FORMAT FS=NTFS QUICK [ When it reaches 100% you are ready to move to the next step ]

       
    • Type ASSIGN

    • Type EXIT to get out of DISKPART Command Utility

  2. Now your Flash Drive is ready for the files. Insert your Windows disc into your drive. In my case, my Disc Drive is I: drive and my FLASH Drive is J:

  3. Type XCOPY I:\*.* /S/E/F J:\ [ This Command needs to be typed in the same Command Prompt that we have left open after Diskpart.

    • If your Drive letters are correct, after several minutes you will get a message saying the numbers of files successfully copied to your FLASH DRIVE

      Warning

      • Please make sure that no other external or internal hard drives or flash drives are attached to the computer while performing these steps. Only the FLASH DRIVE should be attached to the computer. Failure to do so might result in DATA LOSS in other drives while performing the DISKPART commands

      Things you will need for the procedure

      • A Computer With DVD Drive Running Windows Vista Or Windows Seven
      • A Flash Drive with 4GB Capacity
      • The OS Installation disk you want copied onto your Flash Drive
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How to unlock password protected memory card

BY IRSHAD KHAN

Memory Cards are widely  storage media that are used to store digital information. Most of a users store music, videos and photos in a memory cards. Many of us use password to protect memory card. But some time we or our friends forgot passwordand then we stressed about it.The usually solution left is to Format a memory from your mobile phones.

But here we have simple process to recover forgotten password Without Formatting

  • First download FExplorer from here(for Symbian) and click here (for java)
  • Now run FExplorer
  • Find & open the path C:\system. 
  • there you find the file mmcstore and copy it to your PC. 
  • Open that file using notepad, you will find the password in that text file.

How to protect your pen drive through password without any software

We all know the importance of USB stick. It is the one of the easiest way to share or transfer your files, data between computers. But what if your pen-drive having some secret data or having files which you don’t  want to get checked by any other person. 

For these types of situations you need to lock your pen-drive with password. On internet lots of paid as well as free software available to secure your pen-drive. But today I’m going to explain you that how you can password protect your pen-drive without any software.

Procedure To Password Protect (Win7 & Win8)
  • Insert your USB drive to computer
  • Click on Start  
  • In ‘Search programs and files’ box, type Bitlocker Drive Encryption
  • Now click it to open. You will find your pen-drive in last and click on Turn on Bitlocker
  • Select password  to unlock your pen drive
  • type your desired password
  • Click Next
  • Choose  save the recovery key to a file
  • You can also print recovery key
 
  • Choose the safe destination for recovery key because in case you forgot your password it will help you to unlock your USB
  • and then tap Next.
  • Then click on Start Encrypting
 
It may take a few minutes in Encrypting depending upon size of pen-drive.
You can check it by removing and again re-inserting the pen drive.The System will ask you to enter the password to access the data. 

Now your all data remains safe. Also in case your pen drive is lost or gets stolen then also no one can use it without password. 
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How To Install Windows 7 From USB disk..

Chances are you’ll need to install Windows 7 from a USB device if you have a tablet, or small laptop or netbook device, few of which include optical drives as standard hardware.
This means that you must get the Windows 7 setup files onto a flash drive (or any USB based storage) and then boot from that flash drive to get the Windows 7 installation process started.
However, simply copying the files from your Windows 7 DVD to a flash drive won’t work. You have to specially prepare the USB device and then properly copy the Windows 7 install files to it before it’ll work as you expect.
You’re in a similar, but slightly easier to solve, situation if you’ve purchased a Windows 7 ISO filedirectly from Microsoft and need that on a flash drive.
No matter what situation you’re in, just follow the instructions below to install Windows 7 from a USB device.
Note: The following tutorial applies equally to whatever edition of Windows 7 you have a disc or ISO image of: Windows 7 Ultimate, Professional, Home Premium, etc.
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: Correctly preparing a USB drive for use as an installation source for Windows 7 will take around 15 to 30 minutes depending on your computer speed and what edition of Windows 7 you have on DVD or in ISO format
Requirements:
Important: Start with Step 1 below if you have a Windows 7 DVD or Step 2 if you have a Windows 7 ISO image.
Here’s How:
  1. Create an ISO file from the Windows 7 DVD. If you already know how to create ISO images, fantastic: do it, and then come back here for further instructions on what to do with it.If you’ve never created an ISO file from a disc before, check out the tutorial linked above. It’ll walk you through installing some free software and then using it to create the ISO. An ISO image is a single file that perfectly represents a disc… in this case, your Windows 7 installation DVD.

    Next we’re going to work on properly getting that Windows 7 ISO image you just created onto the flash drive.

  2. Download the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Toolfrom Microsoft. Once downloaded, execute the file and follow the installation wizard.This free program from Microsoft, which works inWindows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP, will correctly format the USB drive and then copy the contents of your Windows 7 ISO file to the drive.
  3. Start the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool program, which is probably located in your Start menu or on your Start screen, as well as on your Desktop.
  4. On the Step 1 of 4: Choose ISO file screen, click Browse.
  5. Locate, and then select, your Windows 7 ISO file. Then click Open.Note: If you downloaded Windows 7 directly from Microsoft, check for the ISO image wherever you tend to store downloaded files. If you manually created an ISO file from your Windows 7 DVD in Step 1 above then it will be wherever you created it to.
  6. Click Open.
  7. Click Next once you’re back on the Step 1 of 4 screen.
  8. Click USB device on the Step 2 of 4: Choose media type screen.
  9. On the Step 3 of 4: Insert USB device screen, choose the flash drive or external hard driveyou want to put the Windows 7 installation files on.Tip: If you haven’t yet plugged in the flash drive or other device you’re using then you can do that now. Just click the blue refresh button to make it show up in the list.
  10. Click the Begin copying button.
  11. Click Erase USB Device if you’re prompted to do so on a Not Enough Free Space window. Then click Yes to the confirmation in the next window.Note: If you don’t see this it just means that the flash drive or external hard disk you’ve selected is already empty.

    Important: Any data you have on this USB drive will be erased as part of this process.

  12. On Step 4 of 4: Creating bootable USB device, wait for the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool to format the USB drive and then copy the Windows 7 installation files to it from the ISO image you provided.You’ll see a Status of Formatting for several seconds, followed by Copying files. This part might take as long as 30 minutes, maybe even longer, depending on which edition of Windows 7 the ISO file you have is from, as well as on how fast your computer, USB drive, and USB connection is.

    Tip: The percentage complete indicator may sit on one or more percentages for a long time. This does not mean anything is wrong.

  13. The next screen you see should say Bootable USB device created successfully.You can now close the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool program. The USB drive can now be used to install Windows 7.
  14. Boot from the USB device to start the Windows 7 setup process.Tip: You may need to make changes to the boot order in BIOS if the Windows 7 setup process doesn’t start when you try to boot from the USB drive. See How To Change the Boot Order in BIOS if you’ve never done that.

    Tip: If you still can’t get the flash drive to boot, and you also have a UEFI based computer, see Tip #1 below for help.

    Note: If you arrived here from How To Clean Install Windows 7, you can now return to that tutorial and continue installing Windows 7. See How To Install Windows 7 if you weren’t doing a clean install or you’re not sure what kind of installation to do.

Tips:
  1. When the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool formats the flash drive during the process above, it does so using NTFS, a file system that some UEFI systems won’t boot from if on a USB stick.To get the USB drive to boot on these computers, you should copy the data from the flash drive onto a folder on your computer, then reformat the flash drive using the olderFAT32 file system, and then copy that same data back onto the drive.

10 Things You Never Knew You Could Do With A USB Flash Drive…

USB flash drives are a cheap and portable way to back up files and move them around between machines. But as cloud storage becomes cheaper and WiFi more accessible, flash drives aren’t as necessary as they once were. You probably now have a couple sitting around in a drawer that rarely ever get used. If you want to breathe new life into your old USB flash drives, here are ten things you may have never known they could do.

1. Install a Linux distribution

Linux USB
Most Linux distributions can be booted from live CDs as a means of trying them out before giving them a full install. In recent years, the trend has shifted towards creating live USBs instead. You can download the appropriate software for your distro of choice and burn an image to your flash drive, creating a means of testing out and installing Linux that is more durable than a CD-ROM. USB drives can hold more data than CDs, allowing you to boot up distros that are too large to fit on a disk.

2. Boot a Persistent OS

Persistent OS
If you want something more permanent than a live USB, which do not save any changes you make, you can install several distributions directly to your flash drive. This way you can boot up your own personal operating system on other peoples’ computers and still have access to the files you’ve created and the programs you’ve installed. Pendrivelinuxis one option, but at this point in time, even the major distributions such as Ubuntu supported persistent booting.

3. Run Portable Apps

Drive Portable
PortableApps.com allows Windows users to bring their favorite programs and files with them on a flash drive without having to boot into a new operating system. When you plug in your flash drive, you can open what amounts to a separate, portable “Start” menu. Not every application is supported, and you may still have to transition to using open source applications to fully take advantage of Portable Apps. If you would prefer an alternative, there’s also LiberKey and winPenPack.

4. Use as RAM

RAMIn a case where you have a computer that’s slowing down and a flash drive with extra space, you can use the latter to give the former a speed boost. Using a flash drive to provide your computer with extra memory helps it to manage applications better, giving you a faster experience. Microsoft provides ReadyBoost as a means of speeding up your computer using your flash drive as RAM under Windows.

5. Partition hard drives

Hard Drive
Installing Parted Magic to a flash drive helps you more easily re-partition your computer’s hard drive. Partitioning is difficult and dangerous to do when an operating system is running from the hard drive in question, but booting from a flash drive removes some of risk and makes the entire process much more straight forward.

6. Gaming

USB Gaming
While it’s not exactly portable gaming, you can install certain games to flash drives, allowing you to get your gaming fix regardless of whose machine you’re using (granted they’re using the same operating system). Not every game supports this functionality, but Minecraft does. Considering how expansive that game is, it might be all you need.

7. Keep Files Private

Drive Private
You can turn your entire flash drive into an encrypted partition as a means of keeping private files safe from prying eyes. You also have the option to have your flash drive boot normally but containing a separate partition that encrypts any file placed in it. For an extra layer of security, you can also password protect your encrypted partition. Bitlocker To-Go makes this easy to do.

8. Unlock Your Computer

Drive Unlock
If you don’t feel that using a password alone is secure enough, and your computer doesn’t have a biometric scanner, you still have alternative options for securing your computer. Just turn your flash drive into a key and set your computer to only unlock when the drive is plugged in. If you use Windows, Predator is a popular tool for making this happen, but it’s not the only one out there.

9. Rescue An Infected PC

Infected PC
You have the ability to install virus scanners onto your flash drive driver to search for malware on infected computers. You can find offerings to restore your computer after a malware-related crash from well-known companies such as AVG and Kaspersky.

10. Automatically Sync Files

Files
You probably manually drag and drop files onto your flash drive, but there is a simpler means of transporting files. By automatically syncing files between your computer and your flash drive, you can make a it nearly as convenient to use as Dropbox or Google Drive. SyncToy and SyncBack SE are two Windows tools that can make this happen.GoodSync2Go is a solution that works with Mac OS X.

Conclusion

USB flash drives are immensely useful tools capable of fixing computers and booting operating systems. They drop in price each year at the same time that their storage capacity continues to double, making them great for any tech enthusiast on the go. And if all else fails, they’re still good for storing files, too.
What other uses do you use USB drives for?