How to make flash drive that copy's users files silently and automatically

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How to build a simple five file usb drive that copy's current user's favorites, pictures, and video folders to the thumb drive automatically and silently when inserted. Can also be customized for other files that need to be copied.

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Let me first say this is my first instructable... so be nice. Any help in making it better would be nice.

Flash/thumb drive 8gb-- $25.00.
computer to write files on.
someone to try out thumb drive on.

Just a note, you can use any size thumb drive I used 8gb it was on sale when I bought it. Also the more space you have on the drive the better... just incase the target computer has LOTS of files you will have the space to copy to.
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jbouffard3 years ago
any way to make to see it when i press (for example) the "c" key?
thanks in advance
jj.inc3 years ago
Doesn't work in windows 7, only Vista and XP, windows removed the autorun from flashdrives for security reasons.
amlis3 years ago
i tryed your program but it wouldn't automatically come up
minijc3 years ago
can somebody just put the code in that you need
Really cool idea, but your DOSing needs some work. Like, a lot off work.
":: variables" ?
"/min" '/min' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.
"SET odrive=%odrive:~0,2%" I'm sure this has a use, but I can't figure out what it is.
And lastly, you only need "@Echo off" at the beginning of the batch.

Still a really cool idea though :)
Actually, you need some DOSing work if you don't get this. it took me a couple of hours to find out what it does. first, the ::variables is just a comment, they are not run, it just lets you know what it is while editing. the /min, was most likely used to run something minimized. and almost the last but not least, the SET odrive=%odrive:~0,2% has a very important use.

copied from cmd help itself states:

would expand the PATH environment variable, and then use only the 5
characters that begin at the 11th (offset 10) character of the expanded
result. If the length is not specified, then it defaults to the
remainder of the variable value. If either number (offset or length) is
negative, then the number used is the length of the environment variable
value added to the offset or length specified.


would extract the last 10 characters of the PATH variable.


would extract all but the last 2 characters of the PATH variable.
so what it is saying is............, sets the variable odrive to %odrive:~0,2%
now, %odrive:~0,2% states that the variable odrive gets expanded, and only the first 2 characters that begin at the 1st would be set to the variable odrive.
which in turn would be the drive and the colon.

such as
and so on and so forth.

and finally, the @echo off just keeps cmd from telling you where it was started from. which is usefull if you see it happening. but thanks to the invisible.vbs, it doesn't get viewed since its a process.
Anyway to search for a specific Volume label and set %drive% to that drive letter?
answered my own question. The code below is what I have.


works great with this:


use bat to exe found here:


to convert the batch file to an exe file. You can even include your own icon and set it to run silently. place the generated .exe and the ini file for u3-autorun and profit in education!
Hi, I'm kind of new to this but so far I'm making it work. Currently I'm running Windows OS 7, and having some difficulty getting the auto run file to boot as soon the the flash drive is inserted. After some research of my own I found out that windows 7 is not compatible with auto run file on a flash drive, any suggestions would be helpful as to an alternative.

I have been able to get this to work just by going into the flash drive once its inserted and double clicking on the File.bat.

Also, If anyone could help me out with an install script for a separate program to be run simotaneously from this one on the same flash drive. Thanks a ton.
at the beginning of your Batch file try

start myaltprogram.exe

This should open a second cmd window and run the program simultaneously.
nazirahmad3 years ago
hi: i did the steps but its not working ? some one help me!
Hey, I'm just wondering, what are you using, vista, mac, or windows
Well, Vista is a version of Windows. It looks to me, from his screenshots, that he is using Vista or 7. DEFINITELY not Mac, as is obvious from the .vbs file, the .exe files, the .bat file, and the .inf file. Macs don't use those kinds of files. Also, the buttons on the windows are on the left on Macs, on the right on Windows. In his screenshots, they're on the right, therefore it's Windows.
Thats logical
For a vbs scripter and batch maker like me getting a mac is out of the question for what you just said.
you can get a program called leftsider to swap the buttons around
Yes, but I don't think a soldier in Iraq would really care
Dude, Vista is Windows.
serisouly get your OS's straight....
Why does it run so slow??? Used it on a HP 6500 with a Sandisk Cruzer 8G... Also I converted the .bat file to .exe Would that make a difference maybe?
cooltg4 years ago
The folder with the system name is made.....BUT NO FILES ARE BEING COPIED........please help out.... it's urgent.. :(
lo3tboyz4 years ago
this instructable is totaly awesome!!!! it workzzzzzzzz..thx dude
Mistersalt4 years ago
Thanks! This sounds great! I can't wait to try this out. But on the down side, I'll need to buy a usb.I already have one, but i like to use that for general purposes, not pranking stuff.

Thanks again, this is such a unique idea!
axeman9114 years ago
srry but really hard to understand
The Droid4 years ago
Because you used the "If exist autorun.inf" it will not work for every user that has an autorun already on the drive. By instead overwriting the autorun with "echo blablablabla > %drive%autorun.inf", the user will still have an autorun, but your autorun. Besides, if you check for the file that you've already copied to it (i.e. a virus or something) then the autorun will be the one you want already. You could also have it copy it on the thumb drive for every loop of the program, so that the autorun, if edited or deleted, will always come back, unless the user stops the program process.
avibank9114 years ago
Hey Im so excited to use this! me and my mates were gonna spend days trynna figure out how to do this!! thanks a ton!

Do you think you could make the thumb drive pull a folder that you know only part of its name by adding a wild card ? strictly for example:

%backupcmd% "%USERPROFILE%\music" "%drive%\all\*SATS*

jgustin134 years ago
this won't work on windows 7 because microsoft tightened alot of security holes
jash1236 years ago
btw i also have a U3 sandisk flash drive...would that be of any benefit?? thanks
A U3 drive has a hidden partition that acts as a cd, this hidden cd image runs the U3 program without ANY user input if they have autorun enabled, and runs silently in the background. U3 makes a program that will change the cd image on the flash drive so that you will be able to run another program when the flash drive is inserted. I recommend that you check this instructable out if you want to use your drive.
dhynds1005 years ago
nice batch file lol but why dont you put a bit more flair in to it and gain all ip address and domain info and set uer self up a account to have a new net gate way, rather than just get the sounds lol eg net view > allWorkGroupPC.txt this will put a txt file were the .bat is with the results from the command.
Don't forget to add a continue on error code. Can't have a silly mistake in one part bringing down your plot of world domination via nude picture theft from a teen girls laptop...
knoxarama6 years ago
so if your a soldier in iraq, does that mean you got this from like the U.S. government or something? oh and, GO SOLDIERS, U ROCK KEEP OUR COUNTRY SAFE!!!!!! U GUYS ROCK!!!! GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS!!!!!
No this is basic batch nonsense. The admins of the military's network are one step ahead with

Value = 3

No USB storage devices. Local admin account disabled to prevent someone from running ERD or NTCRACK, and admin accounts tied to your ID card you use to login.
and why does the DOIM do this? for tweaks just like this one. the machine and the data on it is property of the us government. violation of a DoD OpOrd is an article 15 punishable offense...nuff said. this is for "HOME" use.
So that's how they do it at school.
if it works it works. i've tried it and it works. it's useful. nonsense or not, if you can copy files off of a computer like that with such simple code it is something worth looking at.
that right let god bless the soldiers in a good way.
Stormrage5 years ago
Its a cool instructable... tried it works... but i wonder how can i make a prog for this thing to work on Linux (exactly Edubuntu) but to copy more and to copy from another usb if inserted?
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