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Usb Flash Drive - U3 Vs. "portable" Apps?


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#1 kudzu

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 05:06 AM

U3 software, pre-installed on a USB flash drive which I recently purchased, got me started thinking about the utility of running apps from a USB drive. That functionality could actually be useful to me. As soon as I moved the USB drive from my laptop to my desktop, I came face-to-face with the largest wrinkle in the U3-deal - that is the conflict with a large majority of CD/DVD burning software, including Nero and Roxio stuff. Since the U3 launcher will not work on PC's with that software installed, and several of the machines I am interested in moving around among run CD/DVD burners; U3 won't work for me.

In looking around for available U3 apps, I found a number of "portable" apps that are not U3-enabled. Do I understand correctly that these programs will run from USB flash drives but you just do not have the U3 launcher GUI and would run them by navigating to them and clicking on their .exe file? I can do without the GUI, but I can't deal with the CD/DVD burner hiccup.

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 08:58 AM

I remove U3 from every flash drive that I own (and I've got a lot of them!). It's handy software with a decent implementation - but it just seems to get in the way whenever I want to do anything.

As long as you can get a portable app to do what you want, then I'd say do away with U3 and reclaim the space that it takes on your flash drive. Here's a link to a popular Portable Applications website: http://portableapps.com/
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Posted 11 February 2008 - 05:25 PM

Thanks! That was what I thought, just needed to hear someone else say it.




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