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Did you know you can carry your software around on your USB Flash drive along with your files? Did you know you can use your portable drive as a private work environment when using a "strange" computer? No wonder portable apps have generated so much buzz!

In order to be considered portable, a program will run from any folder and will keep its settings in that folder. Thus it could be moved by thumb drive, floppy or over the network from PC to PC. Often a portable program is a single, standalone executable. No trace of these programs should be left behind when the USB drive is removed.

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On My USB Drive

For this project, I am using the elegant Sandisk Cruzer Micro 256MB flash drive.

Backup/Sync

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File Management Utilities

  • A43 - File manager with zip/unzip capability and much more
  • Filemon - Monitors and displays file system activity in real-time
  • FlopShow - File recovery and file undelete utility for fat12 partitions
  • HashCalc - Compute multiple hashes, checksums and HMACs for files, text and hex strings
  • KillBox - Deletes un-deletable files
  • RenameMaster - Rename utility
  • Restoration - Undelete tool
  • Roadkil's Unstoppable Copier - Recovers files from damaged media

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FTP

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Games

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Graphics

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ISO

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Network

  • Angry IP ScannerIP scanner/port scanner
  • CurrPorts - Displays the list of all currently opened TCP/IP and UDP ports on your local computer
  • IP2 - View your current LAN and WAN IP addresses
  • IPNetInfo - Easily find all available information about an IP address
  • NetStumbler - Wireless network sniffer
  • Neutron - Time sync
  • Shed - Shared resource scanner
  • TCPView - Lists all TCP and UDP endpoints on your system

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Notes & Organizers

  • KeyNote - Tabbed notebook with RichText editor, multi-level notes and strong encryption
  • MemPad - Notebook with an index tree
  • ToDo Reminder - Checklist, set priorities

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Office

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PDF

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Security

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System

  • Autoruns - See and change the programs set to run at startup
  • DefragNT - defragment NTFS drives
  • Disk Investigator - View actual contents of disk, recover lost files
  • DriverView - Displays a list of all device drivers currently loaded on your system
  • DTaskManager - Full-featured task manager
  • ERUNT/NTREGOPT - Back up and optimize registry
  • InstallSpy - Track any and all changes to the registry and file system, and also record all shell notification events, when a program is installed, uninstalled, or run
  • Magical Jellybean Keyfinder - Displays the product key for installed copies of Windows 9x/ME/NT/2K/XP/Server 2003 and Office 97/XP
  • PageDefrag - Defragments page file and registry hives
  • Process Explorer - View open processes
  • Regmon - View all registry activity in real time
  • RegSeeker - Registry cleaner with numerous useful functions
  • Resource Hacker - View, modify, rename, add, delete and extract resources in 32bit Windows executables and resource files (*.res).
  • TreeSize - Find out how much space the different folders on your disk are taking up
  • Unknown Devices - Find out what are the unknown devices in Device Manager

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Text Editors

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Web Authoring

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