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Auto Thumbdrive backup program.

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I am so annoyed at having my thumbdrive die on me occasionally, killing off my work in it.

Simply put, I want a very small footprint program, that sits on my task bar, and backs up my thumb drives automagically, whenever I insert my flash disk.

As soon as I put my flash drive in, it checks the root for a file that basically identifies my drive as being mine.

If it is, it will perform a number of functions (read by a desktop side script).

It will backup the flashdrive into my hard disk, and optionally open any programs you often use.

Thats it... and thats all I want. Nothing more, nothing less! (But it better be Open Sourced)

mofosyne, May 02 2010

See also PenDrive_20chit-chat
Pen Drive chit chat [simonj, May 03 2010]

Oliver Cromwell http://en.wikipedia...osthumous_execution
Making a point. [8th of 7, May 03 2010]

Now that's what I call detailed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slow_slicing
[mouseposture, May 03 2010]

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       Which Linux version are you running ?
8th of 7, May 02 2010
  

       Yeah, as [8/7] is alluding too, this is standard in Windows since at least XP, maybe earlier.
MisterQED, May 02 2010
  

       Since you require open source, that's because you plan on modifying the source code, right?
mouseposture, May 03 2010
  

       As a slight aside, try a program like DropBox to keep your files up to date (and accessible). It is free for single person use and has a capacity of a couple of Gb.
Jinbish, May 03 2010
  

       I believe you can find viruses lurking on most corporate and government intranets that do the backup part. They don't check who's thumbdrive it is before copying though.
swimswim, May 03 2010
  

       That's just a malicious rumour put about by people who've had their data stolen by the Government.
8th of 7, May 03 2010
  

       It’s interesting to see gynaecological evolution in action. Not gynaecological, what’s that word? I mean, linguistic. It’s interesting to see linguistic evolution in action. For example, you refer to a “thumbdrive”, which then turns into “thumb drives”, which then mutates into “flash drive” which changes into “flashdrive”. I’m sure if the idea had been longer we’d have seen “pen drive”; “usb stick”; “usb flash drive”; “usb key” and so on. What the bloody hell are these things actually called? Is there a canonical point of reference? Who invented them? What did they call it? It’s not even a regional variance either — it seems to be more based on which year you first encountered them and what they were being called then.
Ian Tindale, May 03 2010
  

       In your case, that would be "Sun-baked clay tablet" then, [IT] ?
8th of 7, May 03 2010
  

       Phphtpht. That new fangled publishing technology? It’ll never catch on. What use is a persistence layer made of CRUD that can’t U or D?
Ian Tindale, May 03 2010
  

       OK, you're not done yet. This must be the slow class. Go back and sit by the Black Monolith and wait for sunrise. The high-pitched noise is perfectly normal and will not harm you (much).
8th of 7, May 03 2010
  

       Hey, my fingers are moving! Ah yes — digital control.
Ian Tindale, May 03 2010
  

       Now, if you can just learn to oppose the thumb ...
8th of 7, May 03 2010
  

       Oh, I do. It is ideologically wrong to use it to push buttons with, for example, on remote controls or other small handheld devices. I strongly oppose the use of the thumb in such circumstances.
Ian Tindale, May 03 2010
  

       //this is standard in Windows since at least XP//   

       Huh? I've been working with XP, Vista and now 7 (as well as various Linuces) for some years now, and I've never spotted it.
pertinax, May 03 2010
  

       Or do you just mean an auto-run program on a thumb drive (not necessarily one which does backups)?
pertinax, May 03 2010
  

       — pertinax   

       I rather the auto backup not be an auto-run program in my flashdrive (because I do not want my flashdisk files backed up on any computer... Just only my computer I want my flash drive automatically backed up on.)   

       The idea is that even if your flashdrives gets lost, you won't lose much even if you are lazy in your backup habits. (like most students)
mofosyne, May 03 2010
  

       // lazy in your backup habits. //   

       For which the punishment should not merey be losing your data, but summary execution (for a first offence, that is).
8th of 7, May 03 2010
  

       And, for the second offense, detailed execution?
mouseposture, May 03 2010
  

       Of course.   

       <link>
8th of 7, May 03 2010
  

       pikers <link>
mouseposture, May 03 2010
  
      
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