Keep files from being deleted off USB drive?

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  1. n2_space

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    A client wants to have us load some USB drives for them with some files, but wants to lock them so the files can't be deleted. Any programs or something out there that can do this?
     
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    burn it to a cd? a mini cd?
     
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    no they are handing out a bunch of USB drives, 500 of them to be exact :o So they have to stay on there.
     
  4. hmm u can make them hidden, i did that for someone.. i think i have heard of some kind of software though that password protects them...
     
  5. or you can make them read-only, but anyone with half a technical brain can undo that....
     
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    they are presentations they want them to see :o but not be able to delete them off :o
     
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    yeah thought about that :o
     
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    why?
     
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    Because people are not looking at the presentations and just deleting them, and using them for personal use. The client wants teh presentations on there (a couple ppt, and a pdf) on there, but so they can't watch them, but not delete them off the USB drive.
     
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    I'd be pissed if someone gave me a USB drive with a file on it I couldn't delete.

    I'd take the file off by opening it and doing a Save As, and when I couldn't use the drive, I'd bad mouth the people who gave it to me.

    Have you told them how petty their idea is?



    And btw, no, you can't make a USB read only unless it's read-only capable. There are USB drives with a write protect switch. They could get those and then snap off the write protect tab or put a drop of glue on it so the drive is permanently read only. But again, I'd make fun of them to no end if they gave me something like that.
     
  11. ha yea breaking switch or gluing it is the only real sufficient way...
    or you can threaten them, make them sign something that promises punishment if the ppt is gone when u get the drive back lol
     
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    That really isnt up to us and we have no say so :o

    I agree with you however, but again, not our decision in the least.
     
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    once they've got the drive, they've got the presentation. just like a CD, they can open the presentation and just do Save As and put it on their desktop.

    locking the USB drive (if it was possible) is only going to piss them off. we give out tens of thousands of those things at trade shows. people love them. we put our name on them and understand that the majority of them are just getting wiped clean and used for personal shit. it's the price you pay for marketing.
     
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    it is when you go back and tell them it's not possible.
     
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    Oh well, that's our clients :dunno:
     
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    :rofl: Well that's what I told the girl up front to tell them :o
     
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    seriously, they want CDs.

    they should burn them to those small CDs (are they 2.5"?) or get some interesting ones that look like records or something
     
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    n2 have you talked to the duplicator company yet? My buddy works for a duplicator company and I'm pretty sure they do read only USB drives.
     
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    they exist but they have to be pre-loaded.

    you can't load it yourself and then *make* it read-only.
     
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    Right. Im assuming the OP is hiring out a professional duplicator company to have his 300 drives produced. They should be able to make it read only.
     
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    I honestly don't understand the reasoning.

    The people are going to get the presentations (that's why they're being handed out...duh). But then the USB stick turns into a piece of trash? Why not give them a little gift for having attended the presentation?

    The entire idea of handing out a read-only USB drive is beyond stupid.
     
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    ask n2_space's client. That is what they want. I'm merely providing the answer.

    DVD movies you buy are not re-burnable. Vinyl albums are not re-pressable. It's the same thing.
     
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    I know. I'm just saying it's stupid and shortsighted.



    :ugh:

    because they don't want you to copy them and give them away. he's saying they're putting some PPT and PDFs on the usb drive. There will be absolutely NO way to prevent someone from copying those it to their computer.
     
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    meh, can still copy DVD movies, CD music, etc.

    They're just selling you (or in this specific case, giving away) content on some type of media. You use that content, and when you're done you can resell it, keep it or throw it away.

    I think in this example it's weird because they're giving it away, and the content is just some thing you watch one time and you never watch it again. I've only seen examples where they're selling you the content on the USB drive and you don't want to overwrite the information you purchased. And I've only ever seen those examples because my buddy does this at his job.
     
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    not legally

    only because they didn't DRM it.
     

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