How to Encrypt USB Drive for FREE

How to Encrypt USB Drive for FREE?

This is quite old method and you may already know about this but just in case if you are not aware of this then it may help you a lot to Encrypt your USB drive and that is for FREE of cost. The tools comes with Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows 8 by default. You just need to activate the service. To activate the USB Encryption with Bitlocker please follow the bellow steps-
USB Encryption with Bitlocker
USB Encryption with Bitlocker

1. Turn ON the Computer

2. Insert the USB

3. Right click on the USB drive and select the “Turn on Bitlocker” option as bellow picture

Activating Bitlocker on USB
Activating Bitlocker on USB
4. Another window will pop up with 2 options like-

a. Use A Password To Unlock This Drive:

We will go through this option and we will show you how to enable this service to enable the encryption to protect the full USB contents.

b. Use My Smart Card To Unlock The Drive

If you have smart card then you can activate this option but please keep in mind that it may create problem for you if try to access your file and if there is no Smart Card reader. This option mostly used for industrial purposes where USB and the data is prohibited to bring out side or use out side of the industries or workplace.
Activating Bitlocker on USB
Activating Bitlocker Options on USB
5. We will go for the password option. Set the password and confirm it by putting the password again but please keep in mind  that the password should be at least 8 digits.
Save the Bitlocker log file to recover the password
Save the Bitlocker log file to recover the password
6. Now choose the option How Do You Want To Store Your Recovery Key page and print the password for your safety or save it on your computer in a safe place. In case if you forget your password then you can recover the password by using those data.
Now wait for completing the encryption process. Please be patient because this process can take a longer time depending on the size of your USB. Generally for 4GB USB drive it may take 5 to 6 minutes. That’s it you are done and your USB is now completely secure. To use the USB next time when you will plug the USB it will ask to put your password like bellow picture-
Open USB with password
Open USB with password

Pros: 

Its very much strong and its easy to use more importantly it comes with Windows as Free.

Cons:

It takes longer time for the first time and if forget the password its very difficult even if you have the saved file.

Make Bootable USB to install all version of Windows

How to make a bootable USB to install all version of Windows?

If you are looking for the tools that can make bootable CD ROM and by that you can install Windows. then, Butler is one of the best USB tools and its completely FREE. 
Butler USB Tools
Butler USB Tools
 
This program is an excellent freeware tool for creating bootable USB flash drives. By this that USB Drive you will be able to install all version of Windows operating system, from Windows 2000 and up to today, “Seven.” In addition, this utility is also able to emulate a disk image with Partition Magic, ERDC Commander etc. Emulated bootable disks in iso-format. The program can even create bootable hard drives. So, this tools will definitely help to do something more with your USB Drive or Portable HDD. Download the Butler 1.9 and enjoy this tools. If you found this USB tools is helpful for you, please don’t forget to share with your friends and follow us on FB- https://www.facebook.com/MyUSBtools

How to make a Better QR Code?

How to make 100% readable QR code even for entry level Smart Phone?

Quick Response Code is know QR Code. It is widely used due to the integrity with Smart Phones and mobility. Details about the QR code and the technology behind this, you may visit WikiPedia.org. Since this technology became so popular now a days and most of the company or manufacturer already start adding the QR code on the retail package of the products. All the big brands like- Apple, Samsung, HTC, HP, Toshiba, Dell, Microsoft etc. they are widely using this QR codes on their every recnt products. Due to its huge popularity small small shop or manufacturer also start using this codes for various purposes even for personal business card also they are putting the QR code to redirect their clients to visit their web site to get to know more about their products or services but you may often notice that the QR code is not well recognized by the smart phones. The reason behind this is long URL or complex URL and due to this the QR code also became more complex. Inside of the QR codes the dots and the bars became too small to scan by the Smart Phone. If the code can’t be read then what is the use?
Use of QR Code
Use of QR Code

So, we will show you how to make a 100% readable QR code. This tips will help you to make a clear and more visible QR code which will definitely scan and recognize starting from the entry level of Smart Phone, even chines phones with lower resolution of Camera will be able to read it promptly.
1. First of all copy your targeted URL. Length doesn’t matter even it is thousands words long.
2. Visit Online URL Shortner service like bit.ly you may Sign up their if you have future plan to track your visitors and analysis in more details like; country wise, Operating system wise, Device wise, number of clicks, regions and so on..
3. Now, If you wish to make the QR code with bigger size or if you want to make the code as customized size then the best way is visit http://goqr.me and paste the shortened URL on the URL field and in the right side you will be able so the size slide bar. By default it will generate a 250 x250px code but if you need smaller or bigger size then simply you can slide and increase/decrease the pixels size. Once you set the QR code size then simply click on the “Download” button and Save or Open option will open on a separate window and save it.
QR Code Example Generated during writing this article
QR Code Example Generated during writing this article
4. Now, if you already have any QR code reader on your smart phone that’s fine otherwise we will suggest you to download “QR Droid™” from the respective apps store.
5. Since the download QR code that just we generate it is in .png file so you can use it easily to any where you want. That’s it!! Now try to print a hard copy or you can also try from your computer display to scan the QR code by your smart phone and you will be agree with us after getting the result that we can guaranty.
Hope this tips will help you to make a 100% readable and perfect QR code for your next project. If you found this tips is helpful or if you are facing any other difficultly or if you have any better idea, please don’t hesitate to share with us. Our intention to share our experience and to let others know and get the benefits of them experience. Thanks!

Shutdown a Windows 8 Computer by a single click

How to shutdown a Windows 8 Computer by a single click?

Today we will discuss a very common but maybe we are not the first to have this kind of problem. If you install the new Windows 8 on your Computer then you must passed this situation at least for the first few times. For the first time when I install windows 8 on my old PC, I found a serious problem when i try to shutdown my PC. It takes more than 5minutes for me to find out the shutdown button and It was so irritating and my first expression was not good at all. It was not so comfortable for me hope you will also be agree with me to Move your cursor right side of bottom or up corner then select setting -click power button-select Shutdown/Restart/ Sleep for Shutdown Restart and sleep mode like below-
Windows 8 Desktop Screen
Windows 8 Desktop Screen
I am quite sure, now you already got to guess what we are going to do. Yes, after a little thinking i decided to apply one old tricks for solve this problem. What i did? Yes, here is the tricks; we will make a shortcut button to shutdown the Windows 8. To do so, lets follow the bellow steps-
1. Press “Windows button+D  button together” from your key board to go to your desktop.
2. Right click of your mouse on any vacant area of your desktop and you will navigate to as same as the bellow picture-
Adding a shortcut on Windows 8
Adding a shortcut on Windows 8

3. Select “shortcut” menu to create a new shortcut and new window will pop up as bellow picture-

Creating a shortcut on windows 8
Creating a shortcut on windows 8
4. Now type “Shutdown /p” on the vacant field which is left side Browse option and click Next.
5. Now in the field of “Type a name for this shortcut” type “shutdown” and click Finish and immidiately you will be able to see a shutdown shortcut icon on your Desktop our work almost finish. Actually upto this everybody know how to make a shortcut on Windows but here we will add a little tricks to make it more convinent on Windows 8. So, here we go… have a look at the step 6 and you will understnad what exactly we did.. 😀
6. Right click on shutdown Shortcut icon that we just create and then select “Pin to Start” Thats it..! 
Adding Shut Down shortcut on Start menu
Adding Shut Down shortcut on Start menu

Now the time to see the result what exactly we supposed to do. If you go the the main screen of windows 8, You will find this shortcut as a tile on your start menu other tiles like below-
Single Click Shortcut for Shutting Down Windows 8
Single Click Shortcut for Shutting Down Windows 8
In this article we was trying to customize and to make the shut down method of windows 8 a little bit easier for the beginner or for those who don’t like to spend much time on to shut down a computer. We hope this well know but a little bit trick will help you a bit. If you found this tips is helpful then, don’t forge to share this article with your friends. Enjoy your computing…!

Why My USB Drive Getting So hot?

My USB is getting too hot is it normal?

When a USB Drive plugged into any computer or any other devices. It get powered and it can get hot it is normal but if the heat is extensive that time you will need to think about it seriously. It’s normal when transferring the data between USB to PC and vice versa it can get worm little bit but if it is really high then it may damage your device even it may cause of fire. 
USB Getting hot
USB Getting hot
Here is some reason for those your USB Flash Drive can generate extra heat-

1. Defective USB:

If your USB got defective somehow and it may generate heat its mainly because of internal short circuit of the components or misplace any inter parts.

2. Metal Body:

Metal body is much more heat conductive than plastic or other materials. So, if your USB body is metal then there is a big chance to get hot and you can feel if within a few moments after plug the USB.

3. Copy large files:

If you copy large file and if it is continued for long time then your USB may get hot. Especially if you watch movie directly from your USB to HD TV or any other media.So, better not to use it for long term use if its generate extra heat and don’t keep plugged in with your computer if you are not using it.

4. Multiple Device Connected:

If you are using any USB HUB for expanding your USB ports, then it may also cause additional heat on your USB drives. Each USB port of your computer has limited power capacity but if you plug more power hunger devices together with the USB HUB then it may cause extra heat. So, better to use USB HUB with additional DC power adapter.

5. Cheap Price USB:

As we know cheap product always made from cheap components and cheap components always made from the cheap raw materials. So, before buying any new USB you should think once again on this regards. Don’t just go for the cheaper USB. Cheaper in terms of the body design and the internal components construction. Sometimes, cheap USB [Basically the plastic case models] also comes with better quality of Flash chips and one more important thing is that extra heat could be generated from the lack of internal circuit designs that is impossible for us as an end user to know. So, better go with some reliable and well-known brands even it is plastic body it will definitely give you a long term data retention guarantee

Windows can’t format your Disk how to Fix it

How to Fix a USB if shows Windows Can’t format your Disk?

There are many different types of problem can be happened to your USB flash disk but if you know this small tips it may help you a lot just before buying a new USB. Today we will discuss windows can’t format your Disk. There are many other ways but we will show you a very simple way to try to solve the issue. 

Windows Can't Format your Disk
Windows Can’t Format your Disk
First of all, you need to download and install a small but very useful tools called “HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool” to solve the problem. You can also make your disk bootable by this tools and you can also format your USB as NTFS and FAT32 as well. Before applying this method, please take backup your all data. After formatting by this tool you will lose all of your existing data. Now, let’s follow the below procedure to format your flash disk and make it workable-
1. Insert your USB Disk into your Windows based PC or Laptop
2. Double click hp formatting shortcut from your Desktop.
HP USB Formatter Device Detected
HP USB Formatter Device Detected
3. It will show your Device and it will also show the corresponding capacity under the device option.
4. Select FAT32 or NTFS like below.
Select the file system to be format on HP formatter
Select the file system to be format on HP formatting
5. Select Quick format and press start then yes. It will Format Quickly but if you didn’t tick mark on the Quick Format then it will take longer time depending on the USB capacity
6. It will show a Format Success Message if the USB is formatted by this tools.
7. Remove the USB from your System and Reinsert your disk and now try to format by windows by simply right click on the USB device from my computer menu and select the Format option. if the USB successfully formatted by the Windows now. That’s it!! Your USB drive is now ready to use again. Enjoy and share this article  with your friends if you found this is helpful..!!

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How to make a Portable HDD into Cloud Storage

How to make a Portable HDD in to unlimited Personal Cloud Storage?

Now a days Cloud storage is very popular due to the mobility and flexibility to not to carry any storage media. Today we will show you how you can make a Portable HDD in to a Personal Cloud Storage or you can create one today at www.rightclickit.com.au so you can easily centralize your data in secure location..
HDD as Cloud Storage
HDD as Cloud Storage
Requirements:

1. Portable HDD:

We will take a 500GB Toshiba Stor.E Canvio as experiment. It comes with 10GB of cloud storage and we will show you how to increase that 10GB storage as unlimited cloud storage without paying a single penny.

2. Laptop/PC:

We will take a Windows 7 based Laptop for this experiment. No need any additional or special requirements. Any simple and basic configured even an old Laptop or PC is ok for this purposes.

3. Software Tools:

We will use PogoPlug Online Cloud Service and software which comes as FREE bundle software with every Toshiba Stor.E Canvio regardless any capacity. So, you may choose any other capacity too. Please be noted that this PogoPlug you may also use as FREE version but in that case you will get only 5GB and you will not be able to make your Portable HDD as unlimited Cloud.

4. Internet Connection:

We will must need Active internet connection. Better the internet connection speed better the cloud performance.
PogoPlug with Toshiba HDD
PogoPlug with Toshiba HDD
Now, if you are also trying this then please follow the bellow steps that we already did in our case. Connect the HDD and open the bundle apps that comes by default. Launched the PogoPlug apps and register with your basic info like active email ID and password. Thats it! go to the PogoPlug web site and log in there, you will see there is 2 storage. One is for your 10GB cloud storage and another one is your portable HDD that is connected with your Laptop or PC. 
Share Toshba HDD to Cloud Storage
Share Toshba HDD to Cloud Storage
Now, the time to make apply the tricks! Select the HDD and share it to make it available to access from anywhere of the world. Let’s think you are in a remote place and you wish to access your files. Just open the PogoPlug web address and log in with your credentials. If your PC is ON condition and if your HDD is connected with the System you will be able to see your HDD and all the contents from the remote place. Now you can use your full 500GB HDD as cloud storage and its ready to access from any where of the world. You can also share your files or folders to others, you just need to give them the shared file’s link.

Conditions: Your PC/Laptop Should be ON not in sleep mode or OFF and your HDD must be connected with the System. Enjoy…!!

Why USB or HDD Showing Less Capacity Than Advertised

Why capacity is always less than Advertize?

If you notice that all of the USB, not only USB all kinds of storage including HDD, Portable HDD, SSD, Memory cards, USB Flash Drive or any other storage media always shows less than the written or advertized capacity but did you know why it is less than the advertize capacity? Here is the storage calculation. Hope after reading this you will be clear about your question why 8GB USB showing less than 7.5GB and is it normal or abnormal-

Not really big as advertize
Not really big as advertize

Storage Conversation Method:

As per the HDD/Flash Storage Manufacturer: 

1GB= 1000 MB= 1000 x 1000 KB= 1000 x 1000 x 1000 Byte= 1000000000 Byte

As per the Programmer/ Machine Language: 

1GB= 1024 MB= 1024 x 1024 KB= 1024 x 1024 x 1024 Byte= 1073741824 Byte
So, 8GB= (8 x 1000000000)/ 1073741824
             = 7.4505 GB equals to 7.45 GB
           8GB= 7.45 GB
And for 4GB if we applied the same method we will found it as 3.725 GB. This calculation can be applied for any other capacity even for 500GB HDD or 4TB HDD. This is standard method of calculation of the Storage. This is the only reason for that physically we found less capacity than it is advertize by the manufacturer as attached picture. As a end user we are loosing a huge numbers of capacity but we are paying for that, did you ever think about that?

How to make USB Drive Compatible with Mac OS



How to make USB Drive Compatible with Mac OS for Large files?

If you buy a USB or if you already have a USB flash Drive and If you want use your USB Flash Drive only on a Mac and better if you format it into HFS+ Mac OS Extended (Journal) which allows larger file sizes like 4GB single file.
USB on Macbook
To format the USB Flash Drive and to make it compatible with your Macbook or Macbook pro or commonly know as Mac OS please refer the bellow steps-
1. Connect the USB Drive first and then, USB will be detected by the OS. Now, on the Applications folder there is a folder called “Utilities”. There you should see an App called “Disk Utility”. Open it and you will see something like this:
Prepare USB for Macbook
Fig-01:- Prepare USB for Macbook

2. To reformat your USB, select it and then click the Erase Tab.

Prepare USB for Macbook
Fig-02: Prepare USB for Macbook

3. Here you can set the USB name and the file format Mac OS Extended (Journal) is recommended.
When you’re ready click “Erase” button.

Prepare USB for Macbook
Fig-03: Prepare USB for Macbook

4. It will take some time to erase the data. When Erase is completed, you can safely remove your USB Flash Drive by dragging the “USB Disk” Icon to the “Trash”. That’s it. Your USB Flash Drive is now ready to use for large file in Macbook.

Speed up your USB data transfer

How to Speed up your USB data transfer:

If you don’t want to spend extra money for high speed USB3.0 USB Flash Drive or if you already have a USB2.0 Flash Drive then you don’t need to buy a new one which will be costly. Here is the easy solution to speed up your existing USB drive. It’s simple and no need to initialize every time. It will work automatically to boost your speed. While you copy a large file if can show you the current copy speed, estimated time to finish the file copy most importently Paus and resume the file transfer capability which is very effective. The best thing is it will increase the data transfer rate that you can see on your eyes. 
TeraCopy
TeraCopy
I know may be you already know about this tools earlier guess what? Yes its TeraCopy but here is the latest version of this software which also can check the errors on the copied files it means it can verify the files which is very importent if you are transferring a secure files. This tools will definitely help you if you are a fond of movie and if you would like to share the HD movies with your friends and your family. What more? You can customize it as per your requirement like you can customize the buffer size. Download the latest version of TeraCopy  and test it yourself and hope you will agree with me. Let us know if you found this tips helpful for you. Share your experience and help others to make their life easier.