Carrying computer files with you while you’re on the go is a breeze – USB devices, for example, are perfect for the job. File portability doesn’t stop there though. With a little planning, you can access your files through a Cloud based storage solution – SkyDrive, DropBox, Box.net – readily come to mind.
Here’s the kicker though – both of the above require that you plan ahead so that the required files are stored either on the USB device, or resident in the Cloud. Despite this plan ahead strategy, you may still run into one of those “uh, oh” moments. Robert Burns hit the nail on the head when he wrote (pardon the misquote) – “The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray”.
If the file/s you need – then and there – are not on your USB device, or stored on a Cloud server, you’re probably looking at one of those “uh, oh” moments. Luckily, there are solutions to those almost inevitable – what am I going to do now times – that we’ve all experienced.
FlashToMyPC, developed by the folks at GigaTribe, which utilizes a good deal of the latter product’s technology, is a USB application which will allow you to access your entire hard drive from any Internet connected computer.
Here’s the lowdown:
Graphic courtesy of FlashToMyPC. Click on graphic to expand to original size.
Step by Step installation
Select the USB device to which you will install the application.
Once I had installed the application I took a quick look, using Windows Explorer, to ensure the executable installed correctly. Click on graphic to expand to original size.
Launching the executable (from the USB device), will bring up the following screen so that the second part of the install can be completed ……
the installation of FlashToMyPC on the selected machine.
Setup continues with the usual user name and password input requirements.
From now on, just insert your Flash drive into an Internet connected machine to access your own Hard Drive.
For the security conscious user (and, who isn’t theses days), the developer has built-in a number of hardcore security features, including
Only your USB Flash Drive can access your computer.
Your Flash drive is identified via a unique combination of hardware ID, software ID, username and password.
All data exchanged between your flash drive and your computer is encrypted (AES 256).
Transferred files are downloaded directly onto your USB Flash Drive, leaving no trace on the computer.
After 3 failed password attempts, your computer access is suspended for 24 hours.
If you’ve lost your USB flash drive, you can delete your computer’s access to it.
Deleting a Flash drive’s access link is easy.
System requirements: Windows XP, Vista, Win 7. According to the developer a Mac version
FlashToMyPC is not freeware but, you can download a 30 day free trial at the developer’s site. You may continue past the trial date, at an annual fee of $9.95 USD.
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