Use Windows Defender To Scan USB Sticks

You never know where a flash drive has been.

It’s always best to scan a USB flash drive.

Did you know Windows Defender can be setup to scan a USB stick automatically, when it’s plugged in? Below are the steps to make that configuration setup.

By default, Windows 10 does not have this setting configured. We are not sure why, as USB sticks and downloads from internet sites are probably the two most vunerable ways to get a computer infected. Our only guess, is the scan process of a USB stick can take some time, and for a user to have that step done with each connection, could reduce the user experience.

This tutorial will take about three minutes to setup. I would suggest read the rest of this article and when done, go back and perform the few steps required to make the Windows Defender scan for USB flash drives.

We are going to make a Group Policy to scan USB flash drives using Windows Defender.

Let us run the Group Policy editor.

Press the Windows Key + R

Type gpedit.msc and press Enter or OK.

Look for the Administrative Templates under the top Computer Configuration directory, expand this directory (folder)

Scroll down to Windows Components, expand it

In that directory scroll down more and look for Windows Defender Antivirus, expand it

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Did Apple Computer Make This USB Fan?

Billy Idol’s Hot In The City is a tune which comes to mind whenever talking about USB gadgets that cool thyself.

With summer coming into full swing, this is a good time for a USB fan mention. Cruising the Amazon website this Aikoper product popped up. At first glance I honestly thought the fan was designed by Apple Computers. The aluminum base, slick black body and the cool grey vents, thought it was from Apple for sure. Wrong!

This USB fan has some unique features we believe everyone will like.

There is no switch for turning the fan on or off. Rather you touch the aluminum base. That is very Apple’esc. A single tap to the base and the USB fan goes into “low speed” mode. A double tap will put the USB fan into “high speed” mode. The third tap will turn the fan off. The touch sensitive base has four rubber pads to insure no vibration during operation.

The fan itself is a dual-blade design. Meaning there are four blades toward the front of the bionic shaped shell and another four blades near the rear of the black shell. The idea here is reducing the device noise while in operation.

The black shell case is convex in design to pull air down and into the system, rather than up and into the system. Although the pitch of the shell isn’t great, we may assume less dust and dirt will come into the system from a pull-down air flow design. The curved shell sits on a the aluminum base with some pitch mobility to angle the fan a bit higher or lower for optimal position while in use.

The product dimensions are 5.6 x 3.9 x 4.9 (inches) and sells for $16.99 USD from the Amazon website (at the time of this post).

The Amazon listing has over 1,609 ratings with 61% as a five star product, 13% as four star product and the balance just picky people trying to be overly critical. To give you an idea of product feedback and experience, here are some testimonials from the Amazon listing:

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Sharing Sensitive Documents With a Third Party

You have a document, video or audio file with sensitive information on it and you need to send a copy to a third party. What options should you consider?

Three options come to mind: email, Dropbox or flash drive.

Sending an email is basically the same thing as sending a postcard. While there are efforts one can use to change this, email remains pretty wide open. This is true and scary; anyone who wants to read your email (not just the NSA) can read your email.

Most times you can send sensitive documents through email and nothing will happen. However; you are playing Russian roulette (almost literally, given the recent theft of 1.2 billion email account credentials by a Russian gang) with the security of that transmission. Remember, the topic of this post is about sharing sensitive data with a third party.

The next logical step would encrypting the email (or files) attached in the email. Encryption is a good option and certainly more secure than sending the email without encryption. You could run into a file size limitation though. Most videos will be larger than a 20MB, which is (generally) the maximum file size one could attached in an email. Encryption is a good next step, but there is a bigger issue at hand than file size. More about that in a few.

Dropbox is next on our list of most obvious options to share sensitive data with a third party. Dropbox is a great option when you have larger files. With Dropbox you could upload those big audio or video files and provide a download link for your recipient. Dropbox doesn’t encrypt your data by default so there is some exposure there. A quick and relatively safe method to encrypt your files using Windows would be compressing the video into a zip file and assigning it a password. Encrypting the data will provide that extra layer of security. As with an encrypted email, the encrypted Dropbox alternative also has a major flaw.

Ask yourself, “Do you trust the recipient?”

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Formatting a USB Flash Drive as UDF

When trying to format a flash drive in Windows (7 or 10) you will see the file system options best suited for the device. The proper file systems for a flash drive would be: FAT, FAT32 or exFAT. Windows will also list NTFS for a flash drive, but not the best for a USB stick, as mentioned before. The file system types listed by the Windows GUI (Graphical User Interface) will depend on the GB capacity of the flash drive connected.

So why no UDF file system on the list?

First, let me say it IS possible for Windows to format a flash drive as UDF (Universal Disk Format). Microsoft just doesn’t want you to do it; and there are good reasons why.

Before the reasons given for not using UDF as a format on flash drives, let’s clear one thing up: If you think formatting a flash drive as UDF will make the thumb drive appear as an optical drive in the computer – you are mistaken!

From the Wikipedia page about Universal Disk Format, UDF, the specification is governed by the Optical Storage Technology Association and because of that, many believe a UDF anything will work like a disc. It, UDF, is most widely used for DVDs and newer optical disc formats, can be used on flash drives, but does make it operate like one.

If we take out the hope of formatting a USB with a UDF file system, some may feel the Universal Disk Format means the flash drive will work in anything, such as from Windows, to Mac, to Linux, Symbian and/or to proprietary system. The truth here is exFAT will do just the same. Please keep that in mind.

So why not format a USB as UDF in Windows? Here is a list:

  • The lack of fully-functional filesystem check tools.
  • 64GB limit with Windows & Linux, a bug, not a limit of UDF
  • SD and USB mass storage devices are exposed to quick wear-leveling failure
  • UDF is read-only for Windows XP

Without bogging down this post with ultra-technical information, from the above list, the most important to consider is the first, lack of filesystem check tools.

This means if the USB is pulled out while in operation and a bit is affected by the action, there are no tools to check the file system for errors. You are flying the dark as to why the USB no longer works and there are no tools available to help you figure it out. Given the flash drive was specifically designed to be portable and quick access, the above action is most certainly going to happen sooner or later, which makes UDF a high risk file system.

How to format a flash drive as UDF:

Connect the USB to your computer and note the assigned drive letter

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Only 1 Compact Flash Card Can Be Use – Others Are Ignored

The most common reason why only one Compact Flash Card is usable when multiple Compact Flash Cards are connected is due to a device signature collision.

If you are dealing with bootable devices and seeing this problem, we are confident a collision is the issue. If you are not dealing with a bootable device, then our information below will, probably, not help.

Compact Flash Card hard drive sketch

What is a Compact Flash Card signature collision?

A signature collision can happen on any bootable device, so Compact Flash Card cards, SD cards, microSD cards and USB flash drives. A disk signature is a unique identifier number (UID). It is a unique identifier stored as part of the MBR (Master Boot Record) for an operating system loaded on the device. The operating system will use the UID to identify and distinguish between storage devices. It is commonly made up of eight alphanumeric characters. A disk collision occurs when your operating system (Windows) detects that there are two disks with identical signatures.

For Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10, these versions of Windows will disable the second drive and will not allow that second volume to mount until the disk collision has been rectified. If you are reading this article, chances are, this is exactly what is happening to you.

The first thing to do is navigate to the Disk Management tool with in Windows. To do this, use the search tool and type in Disk Management. This will take you to the utility that Windows offers. Here you can see your multiple devices connected. If you click or hover over the device not working you will see one of two messages:

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News Review: Nexcopy Launches USB-C Duplicator For Mass USB-C Duplication

Nexcopy put out a press release today announcing a USB-C Duplicator which is available for immediate purchase. The USB-C200PC is a twenty target USB-C socket duplicator which is PC based and loaded with software features.

Via EIN Presswire service, Nexcopy Inc the news release talks about the increased demand is due from Apple housing a USB-C socket for their computers and Iot, or Internet of Things, type products are using the USB-C socket more frequently. Because of this shift, the duplication equipment market has adjusted.

usb-c duplicator

Because the Nexcopy duplicator is PC based does not mean you will lose functionality and speed. The USB-C200PC is believed to be a 3.1 based technology and will write at the devices maximum transfer rate. USB 3.1 has a theoretical maximum speed of 10 gigabits per second (Gbps). Keep in mind that is “theoretical” so your real world experience will never get that close.

The USB-C200PC ships with the Drive Manager software which is well known for having all sorts of advanced features for data load and duplication needs.

Some USB-C Duplicator Features

  • Six copy modes
  • Binary copy mode supports all formats; HFS, Ext2,3,4, Proprietary
  • Unique data streaming to each USB-C socket
  • Binary verification
  • Erase and D.o.D. Erase for disk sanitization
  • Data collection to extract files off USB-C devices
  • Intuitive and informative Drive Manager software
  • Upgradeable to PRO Series for USB-C write protection
  • Upgradeable to PRO Series for USB-C partitioning

One interesting copy mode is the unique data streaming function. The data streaming function gives a user the ability to put unique data to each USB-C flash drive. This is of particular interest for software publishers and on-demand USB production sent from on-line, front end order fulfillment solutions.

Nexcopy is also well known for the PRO series duplicators that perform advanced functions to flash drives, such as USB write protection (USB read-only), partitions at the controller level, and serial number control for UFD identification. From the press release, these advanced functions will also be available on the USB-C200PC duplicator.

As of January 2022, USB-C has become increasingly popular in laptop computers due to its numerous advantages over previous USB standards. USB-C, also known as USB Type-C, offers several key features that make it highly desirable for laptop manufacturers and users alike:

Versatility: USB-C is a multipurpose port that supports various protocols, including USB 3.1/3.2, Thunderbolt 3/4, DisplayPort, and Power Delivery (PD). This versatility allows users to connect a wide range of devices, such as external storage drives, displays, peripherals, and power adapters, using a single USB-C port.

Faster Data Transfer Speeds: USB-C supports higher data transfer speeds compared to older USB standards. With USB 3.1/3.2 and Thunderbolt 3/4 protocols, users can transfer data at rates of up to 10 Gbps (USB 3.1/3.2) or 40 Gbps (Thunderbolt 3/4), significantly reducing file transfer times.

Increased Power Delivery: USB-C ports with Power Delivery (PD) capabilities can deliver higher power outputs, allowing them to charge laptops and other devices more quickly and efficiently. This feature is especially beneficial for ultraportable laptops and 2-in-1 devices that prioritize portability and battery life.

Reversible Connector: One of the most notable features of USB-C is its reversible connector, which can be plugged in either orientation without needing to worry about the cable’s orientation. This user-friendly design simplifies the connection process and reduces wear and tear on the port and connector.

Compact Form Factor: USB-C connectors are smaller and more compact than previous USB connectors, making them ideal for thin and lightweight laptops. This allows manufacturers to design slimmer devices without sacrificing connectivity options.

Industry Adoption: USB-C has gained widespread industry adoption and support from major technology companies, including laptop manufacturers, smartphone makers, and accessory providers. This broad support has contributed to its increasing popularity and availability across a wide range of devices.

Future-Proofing: As USB-C continues to evolve and become the standard for connectivity, laptops equipped with USB-C ports are considered more future-proof. Users can expect their devices to remain compatible with upcoming USB-C peripherals and accessories for years to come.

The USB-C duplicator has a list price of $1,299 and is available through on-line retails like Amazon, and NewEgg. If you are outside the United States, the product is available through a worldwide network of authorized resellers.

Nexcopy did allude to larger models coming out in the months ahead. It appears the manufacturer will introduce a 40 target and 60 target USB-C duplicator later in the year.

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The Micron c200 is 1TB of microSD Beastly Data Storage

Micron, with the corporate office based in Boise Idaho, introduces the c200 microSD card with a data storage range from 128GB to 1TB.  No that wasn’t a typo, One Terabyte of storage.  The card was designed to address the demand around 4K video recording and playback. 

The card has read speeds near 100MB/s and write speeds of near 95MB/s.  The c200 card collection can reach these speeds because of Dynamic SLC cache; which is intelligent maintenance during idle time for sustained peak performance.  The Micron microSD card uses the UHS-1 Speed Class 3 for capture and Video Speed Class 30 for support.  Meaning to get these transfer rates, the host device must also be UHS-1 compliant.

c200 microSD 1TB

In case you are wondering, the card uses Micron 98-layer 3D QLC NAND memory, which is cost effective for both consumers and commercial customers.

If you have an Android device, you can be even happier with the card meeting the Application Performance Class 2 specification which is built-in memory expansion for compatible Android devices.

The Application Performance Class 2 (A2) is defined by the Secure Digital (SD) Physical 6.0 specification. A2 makes SD memory cards higher performance devices than A1 devices by using functions of the Command Queuing and Cache framework. The Application Performance Class can be applied to UHS SDHC/SDXC Memory Card product family.

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60 Amazing Custom Flash Drive Designs

Here are 10 of the 60 incredible USB flash drive designs. This article was pulled from which has all 60 custom USB flash drive designs. Apparently all these designs have been made for other clients. We didn’t know how detailed these could get, but you can clearly see there really is no limitation to what can be done…

Flash Drive #1

Custom USB Flash Drive

Flash Drive #2

Custom USB Flash Drive

Flash Drive #3

Custom USB Flash Drive

Flash Drive #4

Custom USB Flash Drive

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SlideShare – USB Duplicator, USB115SA by Nexcopy

USB Duplicator by Nexcopy, Model USB 115SA

The USB Duplicator USB115SA offer several benefits

Efficiency: USB duplicators allow users to quickly and efficiently copy data to multiple USB drives simultaneously. This eliminates the need for manual copying or using individual computers to duplicate data, saving time and resources, especially when duplicating large quantities of USB drives.

High-Speed Duplication: USB duplicators are capable of copying data at high speeds, depending on the model and specifications. This enables users to duplicate large amounts of data in a relatively short amount of time, improving productivity and workflow efficiency.

Batch Processing: USB duplicators support batch processing, allowing users to duplicate multiple USB drives in a single operation. This is particularly useful for tasks such as distributing software updates, promotional materials, training materials, or other content to a large number of USB drives simultaneously.

Plug-and-Play Operation: USB duplicators typically feature plug-and-play functionality, meaning they can be easily connected to a computer or network without the need for additional software installation or configuration. This makes them user-friendly and accessible to individuals with varying levels of technical expertise.

Versatility: USB duplicators support a wide range of USB drive types, including USB 2.0, USB 3.0, and USB-C, as well as various capacities and form factors. This versatility allows users to duplicate data onto different types of USB drives to suit their specific requirements.

Customization Options: Some USB duplicators offer customization options, allowing users to personalize the duplicated USB drives with custom branding, labels, or preloaded content. This can be beneficial for marketing campaigns, promotional giveaways, or distributing branded materials.

Data Security: USB duplicators often feature security features such as copy protection and write protection, which help prevent unauthorized access or duplication of sensitive data stored on the USB drives. This is particularly important for businesses, government agencies, and organizations that deal with confidential or proprietary information.

Cost-Effectiveness: In the long run, USB duplicators can be cost-effective solutions for duplicating data compared to manual copying or using individual computers for duplication. They help save labor costs, reduce downtime, and minimize the risk of errors or inconsistencies in the duplication process.

The SlideShare presentation is for duplication equipment by Nexcopy Inc.  This conforms to the USB-IF specification.

USB duplicator USB115SA

About Nexcopy

Nexcopy Inc. is a technology company based in Southern California that specializes in providing innovative solutions for digital media duplication and distribution. Founded in 2008, Nexcopy has established itself as a leading manufacturer of USB duplicators, SD card duplicators, and other data duplication equipment.

Product Portfolio: Nexcopy offers a diverse range of products designed to address the needs of various industries and applications. This includes USB duplicators capable of copying multiple USB drives simultaneously, SD card duplicators for copying Secure Digital media, microSD duplicators, and CF card duplicators. Their products cater to sectors such as education, government, corporate training, content distribution, and more.

Innovative Solutions: Nexcopy is known for its commitment to innovation and product development. They continuously introduce new features and technologies to enhance the performance, efficiency, and security of their duplication solutions. For example, their USB duplicators often feature advanced functions such as copy protection, write protection, and serialization capabilities.

Drive Manager Software: Nexcopy’s Drive Manager software is a proprietary application developed by the company to complement their duplication hardware. This software provides users with comprehensive control and management capabilities, allowing them to execute complex duplication tasks, monitor progress, and customize settings according to their requirements.

ocus on Security: Nexcopy places a strong emphasis on data security and protection. Many of their products incorporate features such as copy protection, which prevents unauthorized duplication or access to sensitive content stored on USB drives or SD cards. These security measures are particularly valuable for businesses and organizations that deal with confidential or proprietary information.

Customer Support: Nexcopy is known for its dedication to customer satisfaction and support. They offer technical assistance, troubleshooting guidance, and product training to help users maximize the capabilities of their duplication equipment. Additionally, their responsive customer service team is available to address inquiries and provide assistance as needed.

Global Presence: While headquartered in Southern California, Nexcopy serves customers worldwide through a network of authorized resellers and distributors. This global presence enables them to reach a diverse range of markets and industries, ensuring that their products are readily available to customers across different regions.

Nexcopy Inc. is a reputable technology company known for its innovative solutions, reliable products, and commitment to customer service. With a focus on digital media duplication and distribution, Nexcopy continues to meet the evolving needs of businesses, organizations, and individuals seeking efficient and secure data duplication solutions.

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Snap Power USB Charger

You know a product is a great idea when a couple of pictures describe the entire product. With that in mind, we’ve all seen wall outlet USB charges, but the Snap Power, in my opinion, will rule them all. The design is clever. Installation is ultra-easy. Accessibility supersedes all others. Take a second and just look at it:

In my mind there are three things which make this a brilliant wall charger. If you don’t mind me walking you through the obvious, here we go.

Or skip the highlights and jump right over to their website:

The design is brilliant. The User keeps both outlets available for normal use while a sleek looking USB port is added underneath. At the time of this article there is one USB socket, but visiting their website you can see two sockets, one on either side. They are constantly improving.

Installation is very easy. Simply unscrew your current face-plate and replace it with the Snap Power face-plate. You can see from the picture below the screws used on the outlet behind the face-plate is what provides the juice for the Snap Power USB port. They have a patent on this, so it’s definitely a fresh idea.

I think the final point on why this USB charger is the end-all, be-all is the slim design. Take a look at

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