Introduction: Multi Usb Tool in Six Easy Steps

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 I am going to show you how to install some portable applications on your usb drive, the apps can be found at  portableapps.com but i have uploaded a basic starter kit for you.

I recommend a 1GB minimum, i picked up this PNY 2GB usb flash drive at my local tesco today for only £1, yes you heard me correct £1! 

PS. my first instructable so sorry if im unclear on the steps

Step 1: Lets Get Started

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 First your going to need to format your usb stick so..

Go to My Computer;
Right click on your usb stick;
Select format - THIS WILL ERASE ALL DATA ON THE STICK SO BEWARE I AM NOT HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY FAMILY PHOTOS OR THAT DOCUMENT YOU HAVE BEEN WORKING ON FOR THE PAST WEEK BEING ACCIDENTALLY DELETED, I SUGGEST YOU BACKUP YOUR DATA!! (copy to your hard drive)
Now do a quick format on the default settings and label your drive - ie: Toms usb apps or Dave's apps - you get the idea;
click start and wait for the format to finish, When this is done go to the next step.

Step 2: Apps Time :)

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 now were going to install some apps, I have created a download with all the best *in my opinion* apps available.......

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uploading.com/files/155526ma/portable%2Bapps.zip/
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Alternatively apps are available at portableapps.com...

Step 3: Installing Apps

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Now to install them.... run the install package of the application;
you will be asked where to install the apps (location); 
now click browse and select your usb stick;

then let the installer do its job :-)

Now go to the next step for a manager for your apps...........

Step 4: App Manager

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 Now we want a app manager to make life easier...

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Thanks To www.portableapps.com

download extract and run the file;
Install to the usb stick not local file;
let the installer do its job - again;

now to configure the app manager go to the next step ...

Step 5: Configuring the App Manager

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Go to your usb stick in My computer;
Open it;
Run PStart;
Open up your installed apps in a folder;
drag the app into the PStart window and your app will be added;
do this for all your apps - you can also catagorize your apps into folders by right clicking in the PStart window

Step 6: The Result

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There you have it... 

Now why not customize the look of your usb stick... 

Here's a few ideas
www.instructables.com/id/USB-Thumb-drive-flash-drive--MAKE-A-COOL-BELTCLIP-/
www.instructables.com/id/Hot_Glue_USB_Falsh_Drive/
www.instructables.com/id/Easy-paracord-USB-flash-drive-case/

Thanks for reading............ please leave a comment if your having trouble or to let me know if this worked - id be happy to help :-)



Comments

bobert610 (author)2010-06-23

files aren't there m8t. help!

DrWilson (author)bobert6102010-06-24

Hmm looks like the download has been removed, just go to www.portableapps.com

bobert610 (author)DrWilson2010-06-24

kthnx

ellisgeek (author)2010-05-23

Why don't you give the creators of this great software the credit they diserve and link to there site. 

DrWilson (author)ellisgeek2010-05-28

 Just did 

paraxion (author)2010-04-09

Not a bad instructable, certainly an excellent topic.

As a computer tech, I'd be basically lost without my USB stick(s).  My main diagnostic stick has:
 - a combination of apps from PortableApps.com (mostly I use 7-zip, WinDirStat, Firefox, ClamWin, Notepad++, PuTTy);
 - the Geek.Menu fork for a program manager (geek-menu.sourceforge.net/);
 - DailyCupOfTech's PC Repair System (www.dailycupoftech.com/usb-drive-systems/3/) provides a nice suite of stuff to work with;
 - a cherry-picked variety of stuff from portablefreeware.com;
 - a bootable repair disk based on Hiren's (info on how to do this is at www.hiren.info/pages/bootcd-on-usb-disk, but you need to find the ISO yourself);
 - the contents of the Sysinternals suite (technet.microsoft.com/en-au/sysinternals/bb842062.aspx);
 - a customized console based on Portable Apps' Command Prompt (portableapps.com/apps/utilities/command_prompt_portable) but customized with new paths, the Win32 Unix Utilities (unxutils.sourceforge.net/) and the perl command processor;

unxutils.sourceforge.net/
 - a selection of AV, support program and service pack installers.

I'm currently eying off Portable Ubuntu (portableubuntu.demonccc.com.ar/) as an addition to the 'stick.

It's my plan to expand on the bootable part; currently I've got it booting knoppix, two differerent PE environments, Memtest86 and Seatools using Grub4Dos (sourceforge.net/projects/grub4dos/), however the boot process isn't reliable and requires too much memory.  If I get things working better I may expand it into an instructable...

And one thing to remember is this: once you've got your ideal multi tool working, back it up!

DrWilson (author)paraxion2010-04-13

Thanks, and Yhea couldnt aggree more aobut backing up your apps/data

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