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Windows Thread, You or Students forever losing pen drives in Technical; Originally Posted by powdarrmonkey Read it again yourself and you'll see how ambiguous your post was. Post changed, point taken, ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by powdarrmonkey View Post
    Read it again yourself and you'll see how ambiguous your post was.
    Post changed, point taken, can we all go back to being friends now, lets not start one of these ever growing threads we keep seeing on here! :-)

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    We've adopted the method it's your fault we arent replacing memory sticks. (might be mean but why should we replace memory sticks if you have lost it?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by James2k View Post
    We've adopted the method it's your fault we arent replacing memory sticks. (might be mean but why should we replace memory sticks if you have lost it?)
    It's a good method, you shouldn't have to replace it, they should have taken better care of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danrhodes View Post
    I think this one quoted above is alot safer and easier!

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    Hardly ambiguous. Everyone seemed to get surprisingly mental over just bad reading.
    Stomachs rumbling?

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    We have a mutiple approach, one of my Tech's wrote an app to help users change the volume name on any attached USB drives (we use USBDLM so the drive letter is always the same) he also wrote an applet to check during logoff for a USB pen drive and bleep the PC speaker and flash up a warning dialog.......we still get dozens left in rooms every week!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_Andy View Post
    Hardly ambiguous. Everyone seemed to get surprisingly mental over just bad reading.
    Stomachs rumbling?
    I've changed my post since then, looking back it was kind of ambiguous. This was the origional "It seems like a good idea, but I think this one is alot safe and easier!" I actully ment the one I had quoted above, it read that I meant my idea when I didn't.


    I like this idea as well, can't imagine why you still get them left if you have audio and visual warning to remove them.

    Quote Originally Posted by MGSTech View Post
    We have a mutiple approach, one of my Tech's wrote an app to help users change the volume name on any attached USB drives (we use USBDLM so the drive letter is always the same) he also wrote an applet to check during logoff for a USB pen drive and bleep the PC speaker and flash up a warning dialog.......we still get dozens left in rooms every week!

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    I changed the drive icon for my memory stick to Spongebob Squarepants.

    I once managed to leave it plugged into the back of a PC in the art block for about a month. I spotted it almost imediatly even though I couldn't physicaly see the stick.

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    We'll be implementing live@edu from September, with the Skydrive for all pupils and staff. From the half term after that, all pen drives will be blocked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teejay View Post
    We'll be implementing live@edu from September, with the Skydrive for all pupils and staff. From the half term after that, all pen drives will be blocked.
    Online storage is definatly the way to go :-)

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    The way I deal with this is to use the Autorun feature in USBDLM to run a script that checks each USB stick for an id.txt file whenever it is plugged in. If it doesn't exist, the script creates the file with the username of the currently logged on user. The theory is that the first person who uses the USB stick is probably the owner, and if it's subsequently lost we can open the already existing file to find out who that person is.

    Have attached the script for reference, as usual use at your own risk, yada yada. If you're using a .ini to configure USBDLM, add the lines:
    [OnArrival]
    Open=C:\Windows\System32\wscript.exe "\\server\path\usbid.vbs" %drive%
    If you're using the Registry, add the Open value to HKLM\SOFTWARE\Uwe Sieber\USBDLM\OnArrival
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    We encourage people to name their pen drives, as others have said. If I find one lying around, I will have a quick look at what is on it to try and identify the owner, starting with the "author" tag on Office files so I don't have to open them, but I will then move on to files which look like they might have the child's name on it. If I can't place the owner after that, it goes in a little pot on my desk and if someone can describe it/the contents, they can have it back; anything unclaimed after a few months becomes school property (useful to have ones to lend to people).

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