Thursday, May 11, 2006

What happens if you lose your thumb drive?

I’ve often wondered what would happen if I lost my thumb-drive (flash drive, USB drive, whatever you want to call it).  Mostly nothing would happen, as I don’t store anything too important on it.  But LifeHacker had some really great suggestions of a couple of easy things you can do to make your jump drive more returnable.

  • Change the name of your drive to your phone number.  This is easy.   How do you do it?  Insert your jump drive and wait for Windows to find it.  Open Windows Explorer, or whatever you use, and open My Computer.  Right-click on your drive and click on “properties.”  Change “volume name” to your phone number … or some other identifier.
  •  Create a text fire call REWARD IF FOUND.TXT or something similar.  In that text file you can include your name, phone number, address and/or email address.  Create or copy this to your removable drive so that people know where to send it if lost.

Pretty simple, really.  Make sure that you if you leave your USB drive somewhere, it can find its way back to you.



campbelljr said...

Great idea, I'm going to have to suggest that to our staff / faculty / students here on campus.

Jeff said...

Glad it was helpful. Thanks for dropping a comment.