Thumb drives are small devices that are easily lost or forgotten.
Never Forget Your Flash Drive
Whether you‟re working on a public computer, your laptop, or office PC, you will never want to forget your USB drive when you shut down the computer and head out. There is one little tool that will remind you. FlashRecall runs in the system tray. When you try to log off or shut down the computer, it will play a sound and launch a visual reminder that your USB flash drive is still plugged in.
You can run it without administrator rights on Windows XP through Windows 7. However, you have to manually launch the tool when you didn‟t log into the user account or boot the system with your flash drive already plugged in. A workaround for this is to use FlashRecall like a protable app and make it automatically insert itself into the Windows AutoPlay window.Just follow these steps:
1. Rename the FlashRecall .exe file to FlashRecall.exe and copy it into the root folder of your USB drive.
2. Open a text file and copy the following lines into it:
3. Save the text file autorun.inf to the root folder of your flash drive.
When you now plug your USB drive into any computer, the AutoPlay window will show Flash Recall as the very first option. The downside is that you have to manually open the flash drive to access your files.
This trick only works if AutoPlay is enabled (see above). It will not work if an antivirus program blocks autorun.inf. If it doesn‟t work, you have to manually launch Flash Recall. If it does work, you have to manually close FlashRecall before you can eject your flash drive.
A known issue is that it will only recognize one plugged in thumb drive. You can open the tool to see which drive letter is being monitored.
If AutoPlay is disabled, autorun.inf blocked by an antivirus program, or if you can‟t be bothered to remember launching the application, invest in a retractable keychain.
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