USB Drive

Remember the times when you had to carry a case full of floppy disks to carry your digital documents and files? I do. Portable media storage devices like the zip drive were already available at that time but they were quite expensive and not everyone could afford them. Technology has vastly improved and gone a long way since then. Portable media storage devices like the USB flash drive or thumb drive are becoming smaller, cheaper and have more storage capacity. They are now a common sight and you see a lot of people bring it with them to school, in the office or anywhere they go.

I recently purchased a 4 GB Sandisk Micro Cruzer. I bought this USB flash drive because it was on sale for cheap from Amazon.com and because I needed something that can store important files, portable programs and installers for different programs like office productivity software, data recovery, anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall, web browser, cd/dvd burning software and other useful utility software. I bring it with me anywhere I go because it can come in handy in certain situations.

Anyways, while I was sorting the stuff in my USB flash drive, I thought of blogging about it, share with you what I have on inside it and at the same time ask you guys what you have on your USB drives? This is quite a long list and it should’ve been more if I had extra space on my USB flash drive. Btw, all of the programs/installers in this list are freeware or open source.

Programs Installed:

  • ClamWin Portable
  • Firefox Portable
  • GIMP Portable
  • Notepad++ Portable
  • Pidgin Portable
  • VLC Portable

Misc Files:

  • Select mp3s
  • Videos
  • Documents

Software Installers:

Data/System Recovery

  • Avira UnErase Personal
  • FreeUndelete
  • PhotoRec
  • Recover My Files
  • Recuva
  • Restoration

File Encryption

  • AxCrypt
  • dsCrypt
  • TrueCrypt

File Manager

  • Free Commander
  • Xplorer2

CD/DVD Burning Software

  • Ashampoo Burning Studio 6
  • Avi2DVD
  • CDBurnerXP
  • DVD Shrink
  • HandBrake
  • ImgBurn
  • InfraRecorder

Instant Messaging

  • Digsby
  • Miranda IM
  • Pidgin
  • Trillian Astra Basic
  • Windows Live Messenger
  • Yahoo Messenger

Image Viewer/Editor

  • FastStone Image Viewer
  • GIMP
  • IrfanView
  • LightBox Free
  • Paint.NET
  • PhotoScape
  • Picasa

CD/DVD Emulation

  • Daemon Tools Lite
  • GizmoDrive

Media File Converters

  • AnyVideoConverter
  • Format Factory
  • MediaCoder
  • VioVideoConverter

Media Players

  • Applian FLV Player
  • DivX
  • Foobar2000
  • iTunes
  • JetAudio Basic
  • KM Player
  • MediaMonkey
  • Media Player Classic
  • Miro HD Video Player
  • QuickTime
  • Songbird
  • VLC Media Player

Office Productivity

  • Abiword
  • OpenOffice
  • Mozilla Thunderbird

PDF Tools

  • CuteWriter
  • Foxit Reader
  • PDFill Free Writer

Other Installers

  • 7zip
  • Adobe AIR
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • AMP Font Viewer
  • Audacity
  • Download Accelerator Plus
  • EphPod
  • FileZilla
  • Google Earth
  • KLite Code Full
  • OperaTor
  • PeaZip
  • Microsoft Silverlight
  • UltraVNC
  • uTorrent

Portable Apps

  • BPBible Portable
  • ClamWin Portable
  • Cornice Image Viewer Portable
  • Firefox Portable
  • GIMP Portable
  • Notepad++ Portable
  • Pidgin Portable
  • Portable Apps Suite
  • VLC Portable
  • XAMPP Portable

Programming

  • Notepad++
  • NVU
  • Zoundry Raven WYSIWYG Editor

Security/Privacy

  • Ad-Aware Anniversary Edition
  • a-squared Free
  • Avast Home Edition
  • AVG Free
  • Avira Personal
  • CCleaner
  • Comodo Internet Security
  • Comodo Firewall
  • Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
  • Outpost Firewall Free
  • PC Tools ThreatFire
  • Spybot Search & Destroy
  • ZoneAlarm Free

System Tools

  • Absolute File Shredder
  • Comodo BO Cleaner
  • CPU-Z
  • EASEUS Partition Manager Home Edition
  • Eraser File Shredder
  • HijackThis
  • jDiskReport
  • MyUninstaller
  • PC Decrapifier
  • Revo Uninstaller
  • SIW (System Information for Windows)
  • WinAudit

Video Editors

  • VirtualDub
  • Avidemux

Web Browsers

  • Flock
  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Opera
  • Safari

Another reason why I carry all these installers on my USB drive is because I’m frequently asked by family and friends to check out their computers for problems and fix it. Most of the time, when I check their computers they don’t have an antivirus or the license is already expired. There are also times when they complain that their computers have become sluggish or very slow (common symptom of malware or spyware infection) so I install an antispyware or anti-malware on their computers and run a thorough scan. Anyways, you get the idea.

How about you guys, what’s on your USB drive? Do you know of other useful programs/installers that are not included in the list? Please share it with us.

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21 Comments

  • neo, December 11, 2010 @ 1:40 PM Reply

    on my usb:

    windows xp / win7 (bootable usb)
    avast 5
    ms office 2007
    piriform defraggler/ccleaner (xp)
    diskeeper (win7)
    driver genius (to fetch drivers online)
    chrome 8 offline
    vlc media player (xp)
    windows 12 codec from shark007 (win7)
    cleanmypc registry cleaner
    transformation pack vista/7 (winxp)
    transformation pack macOS (win7)
    directX sdk
    java 6
    flash/shockwave
    smartRAM (copied from IObit full install)
    usb shield
    eBoostr (better than windows’ fake readyboost, can use “hidden ram”, ssd, external drives etc.)

    — the real swiss army knife lol

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