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Beginners Guides: USB Memory Drive Projects - PCSTATS
Abstract: Encryption, Firefox browser, word processing, arcade games and yes even an operationg system can be run off your USB hard drive... if you know how!
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External Mfg. Website: PCstats Mar 11 2006   Mike Dowler  
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Take your favourite media player with you

Here's a handy and fun use for any USB drive. Several freely available media player software packages (such as certain versions of Winamp) do not require registry entries to run. What this means is that they can be effectively run off any computer without installation.

You might already use your USB flash drive to carry music and other media files from computer to computer. Why not carry around the program to play them with as well? Simply copy the player and your files to a directory on the computer you have plugged into (or even run the player from the drive) and enjoy your media files!

Here's links to a couple of media player applications that can be run straight from their executable files, and will thus work fine on USB drives: Zoom Player (video and music) and XMPlay (audio only). Simply download the files, unzip them to your USB drive, add your media files and move out!

Carry a bootable, portable arcade on your USB drive

Bored in class? Need something to make your off time at work pass faster but can't install games? How about having an entire arcade on your USB drive?

AdvanceMAME is an open-source emulator for arcade games, the kind you might have used to play in the days before Playstation. This in itself is not novel. MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) and its variants have been around for ages. What is novel is that the latest release of AdvanceMAME (2.4.0 as of this article), supports booting from USB drive.

AdvanceMAME, like all MAME versions, uses ROM files, images of the original arcade machine programs you might have played. Generally these files are copyrighted, but you can find many legal ROMS on the Internet. AdvanceMAME comes with three games to get you started, and a menu system so intuitive that it's not even worth describing.

To install AdvanceMAME on your USB key, download the latest files from here and unzip them to a folder on your hard drive. Now plug in your USB drive and format it (right click the drive in 'my computer' and choose format). Use the FAT file system.

Navigate to the folder that you unzipped the AdvanceMAME files to and double click the 'makeusb' batch file. A DOS window will open and begin the process of installing the necessary boot files onto your USB drive. Once the install is complete, simply boot any system with the USB drive to load AdvanceMAME and start playing.

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Contents of Article: PCstats
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: USB Memory Drive Projects
 Pg 2.  Boot up with a USB drive con't
 Pg 3.  Run Linux on a USB device
 Pg 4.  Private email encryption application
 Pg 5.  USB travel kit A) Portable web browser
 Pg 6.  USB travel kit C) portable word processor
 Pg 7.  WinXP briefcase to synch files on the USB drive
 Pg 8.  Format a USB drive with NTFS file system
 Pg 9.  Create permanent folders and share over a network
 Pg 10.  — Take your favourite media player with you

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