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Multi Usb Tool in six easy steps

 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
 
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Step 1: Lets Get Started

 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 :)

 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...
bobert6103 years ago
files aren't there m8t. help!
DrWilson (author)  bobert6103 years ago
Hmm looks like the download has been removed, just go to www.portableapps.com
kthnx
ellisgeek3 years ago
Why don't you give the creators of this great software the credit they diserve and link to there site. 
DrWilson (author)  ellisgeek3 years ago
 Just did 
paraxion4 years ago
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)  paraxion4 years ago
Thanks, and Yhea couldnt aggree more aobut backing up your apps/data
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