January 23, 2009 at 3:42 pm #160799BritmanMember
Just been looking into Portable apps Very clever idea and I’m now really thinking of going this root. Only downside is security, you can encrypted file with Truecrypt but I require the whole flash drive to be protected which means a hardware encryption USB drive (expensive)
Does anyone use the Portable apps system?January 23, 2009 at 3:58 pm #181079dougpMember
I used to use their menu, but it’s pretty bloated. I do use their apps though, they install fine on their own and run great. For the startup option, I use PStart.January 24, 2009 at 12:26 am #181082techguyoneMember
me too I have a usb drive with pstart and a load of portable apps on, very useful, can’t get much more portable 😛January 24, 2009 at 7:20 am #181086berflesMember
I use their little custom menu thing. I have a 32GB flash drive so I have plenty of room for whatever they offer.January 24, 2009 at 8:33 am #181081BritmanMember
Pstart looks interesting, but will it work on all OS?January 24, 2009 at 1:33 pm #181085TCMuffinMember
Does anyone use the Portable apps system?
No, but I do use U3 Smart Technology which was preinstalled on my SanDisk Ultra Cruzer Titanium. This has worked well for me in my job as an independent IT Consultant as I can take my software (especially diagnostics) with me to clients’ sites.
I have to say that I will probably be using this less now I have my NC10 as this neat bit of kit will facilitate my trouble shooting.January 24, 2009 at 7:19 pm #181080dougpMember
Pstart looks interesting, but will it work on all OS?
No, but none of the applications you install from PortableApps.com will work on every OS either. Hell, plug your FAT32/NTFS drive into a MAC And it’ll convert your drive and you won’t be able to use it on Windows unless you format.February 3, 2009 at 7:53 am #181087deadkennyMember
On the whole drive encryption issue, TrueCypt can do whole drive encryption (on Windows). However it does require TC being installed.
Or can you not just have portable TrueCrypt on the flash drive and a huge TC file? Then you just pop in the drive and run TC to open the encrypted drive.
Though portable TC I think is a Windows only thing I think. I found portable TC on linux to be a pain as it depends on the right kernel support and maybe having TC built for the distribution you’re running.February 3, 2009 at 8:13 am #181083AlfiharParticipant
[quote1233648593=dougp]Hell, plug your FAT32/NTFS drive into a MAC And it’ll convert your drive and you won’t be able to use it on Windows unless you format.[/quote1233648593]
If you plug a FAT32 or NTFS drive into OS X it will not change the formatting (though OS X cannot write to an NTFS drive), you can plug it back into a computer running Windows and use it fine.February 3, 2009 at 6:45 pm #181088HammerheadMember
MAC OS X, supports the use of a FAT32 file system, and will read and write from it. However, as Alfihar said above, OS X should be able to read from a NTFS drive, but it wont be able to write to it. Thats why all my drives are in FAT32, less secure i know, but it works on more or less everything!
JoeFebruary 3, 2009 at 7:02 pm #181084AlfiharParticipant
[quote1233687349=Hammerhead]OS X should be able to read from a NTFS drive, but it wont be able to write to it.[/quote1233687349]
Veering off topic here a bit, but another option is to install something like MacFUSE of NTFS-3G which enables OS X to write to NTFS formatted partitions.
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