Those tiny little things called USB Drives, Flash Drives, Jump drives or whatever else you call it can easily get corrupted due to wear and tear, agreed that it adds convenience to carry around data, but what if it gets corrupted and you lose important files?
If you were thinking like we were, you are right, taking regular backups can definitely help to keep your data safe and secure no matter what storage device you are using.
USB Image tool is a backup tool for USB drives that will let you create backup images of the entire drive and restore them at a later date.
Image files are basically exact replica of a drive that is used by various backup softwares to backup and restore data, with the help of this tool you can create .img or .ima files that you can use anywhere.
Related: How to open/mount .img or .ima files.
Whenever you want to restore the files back to the same USB or another USB drive run the restore wizard and point to the file which you had earlier created as a backup and Image Tool will take care of restoring all your data back to the USB drive.
USB Image tool is a portable software, no installation is required just unzip and start backing up.
Download USB Image Tool
FlashBack is a simple portable application whose sole purpose is to backup data from removable media (such as pen drives, memory cards, MP3 players and digital cameras).
Backing up data with FlashBack is simple. Just launch this utility and select your backup location. FlashBackup will do the rest for you. FlashBack automatically backs up all removable devices connected to your computer. Not only that the next time you run FlashBack it will automatically detect any new or modified files and back them up.
By default FlashBack will copy everything it finds on your device. However, you can easily specify the file types (extensions) you want to back up by selecting any of the pre-defined extensions. Don’t worry if you couldn’t find your desired file format in the list. Adding a custom file extension is also dead simple.
There are dozens of data backup utilities (both free and paid) in the market. In fact you will be spoiled for choice. However, not everyone requires the advanced features offered by these sophisticated utilities. FlashBack is a simple USB backup device which does what it’s supposed to without unnecessarily complicating things. It’s ideal for folks who want to simply copy content from their MP3 player or Digital Camera.
Acrobat Reader and Photoshop are two very popular apps from Adobe that are used by many users, one problem many of you might have seen that these two softwares take a long time to startup.
PDF Speedup allows you to significantly speed up the time it takes to load Adobe Reader. If you notice that when the Reader starts it loads many plug-ins which you may or may not need, this program simply disables the plug-ins and loads only the absolute necessary ones so the program starts quickly.
On the other hand Adobe Photoshop Speedup significantly decreases the time it takes to load Adobe Photoshop by disabling the plug-ins that you may not need. There are several options such as whether to load the Adobe fonts, load the presets, and set the memory usage. You may restore to the original settings at any time.
Both of the speedup utilities are portable software so you can run it without having to install them, definitely useful if you have lag times while loading any of the two applications.
Download Adobe Acrobat Speed & Photoshop Speedup (scroll to middle of page to find download links)
These days, Internet browsers contain important information such as bookmarks, site preferences and saved passwords. Losing this kind of valuable data can cost us a big deal. So backing up browser data makes a lot of sense in the times, when most of our work is done in the ‘cloud’.
If you are a power user and use multiple browsers, it can be a very lengthy process to backup each and every browser with its respective backup programs. To make things simpler, we introduce you to FavBackup, an easy-to-use software that can backup and restore all the information from your favorite browsers.
Currently it can backup and restore data from Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Apple Safari and Google Chrome. To use this program, you just need to select backup and then the browser you want to backup, after that click next.
Now select the all the options that you want to backup, after that just select the location where you want to save all your backup and then select next and then click on finish. Now all your data have been saved in the location you have specified earlier.
To restore a browser’s settings, just select restore and the browser and then continue with the same steps as shown above
We have tested this software on all the supported browser and it hasn’t disappointed us. It also has a safe mode, where you can safely backup and restore your browsers. In general mode, it will backup and restore only the default profile, but in safe mode, it will backup and restore all the profiles associated with the browser. This program is completely portable, so you can carry it anywhere in your USB.
We have already covered some softwares that help you eject your USB drive smoothly, so why this new one? EjectUSB is a little different and more useful compared to other USB ejections program.
EjectUSB is a freeware that closes all your portable programs that are running and then attempts ejection. All you need to do is specify the drive and EjectUSB would close all programs running from that drive. I find it a very useful application for times when you are trying the windows feature to eject your USB drive but a warning pops up saying you have some programs running.
EjectUSB also offers some extended functionalities like flushing the file cache, closing explorer windows, removing registry entries and removing any document shortcuts referencing the specified drive. Click here to checkout a demo video for EjectUSB.
Download EjectUSB here.
In our day to day blogging life we use several tools and applications like screen capture tools, color pickers, font previewer, application launcher among other things.
However we have to use individual applications for all these tasks, wouldn’t it be good to have all of these and more in a single application?
Also Read: PicPick Tools – All In One Design Tool
Windows Toolbox is a small portable software that is a Swiss army knife like application for Windows.
Windows Toolbox packs in these features into a single application:
- Application Launcher
- Easy access to drives and folders.
- Screen capture utility.
- Color picker.
- Access to installed printers.
- Font viewer.
The software is free to use and definitely worthwhile downloading.
Download Windows Toolbox
The Ultimate Windows Tweaker which was earlier available for Windows Vista only has now been updated to work to version 2 and will work with both Windows Vista and Windows 7.
The freeware utility for windows allows users to tweak and optimize several settings in windows, which are usually hidden deep and not easy to find.
The tweaker detects whether you have Windows 7 or Windows Vista installed and accordingly offers you the relevant tweaks only.
New Features in version 2 include:
- Revamped UI similar to Windows 7/Vista UI controls
- Improved: Optmize services, enable/disable services and start/stop as well instantly
- New information is added to the system information page.
- New information added to personalization page.
- More options available for UAC, System performance, security settings and Internet explorer page.
- Additional tweaks are added.
Ultimate Windows Tweaker is a portable software so you can use it anywhere.
Download Ultimate Windows Tweaker 2 [via TechNet]
Picasa is a image sharing service from Google which is very similar to Flickr, however Picasa also has a desktop client that allows users to upload images from their desktop to Picasa Web Albums.
However the same client does not allow users to download images back to your computer, and you will need to manually download each and every photo to your computer.
Picasa Independent Album Exporter is a handy Freeware and Portable Software, that will allow you to download albums from Picasa to your desktop.
We tested the software and were able to download photos from a user album, however this will only work if you also have Picasa installed on your computer, also you will not be able to download images from albums other than your own one.
Download Picasa Independent Album Exporter
We have told you about tools to change Microsoft Office Keys, Windows Vista Keys, recover keys from Windows XP Installation CDs and more in the past, however here is another way to recover your Windows Vista and Office CD/Product Keys.
Keeping license keys safe and secure is often necessary since you may have to use it again when you reinstall the software or operating systems.
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There have been several ways to access Google calendar from your desktop, we have told you how you can sync Google Calendar events with Outlook and use a Google Desktop gadget for accessing Google Calendar on the desktop.
However we just came across another interesting option to access Google Calendar from the desktop, the Google Calendar client for Windows is a new Freeware software, that will allow you to access Google Calendar from the desktop.
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