Portable Applications on USB Drives

by Larry Emmott on May 2, 2006

in Hardware

Look Here :  Lexar’s PowerToGo: Portable Apps on USB Drives

The word apps in this article means applications. In other words a software program like Word or even Dentrix. What this system could allow a user to do is take Dentrix or Kodak or Schick along with them from one computer to another, take it home, take it to another office, take it to a training session…whatever.

Lexar’s PowerToGo: Portable Apps on USB Drives
Jen DeLeo, Ben Gottesman, and I got a preview demo of an app that will be bundled with Lexar Media’s high-end, high-speed USB drives starting in July. PowerToGo, announced at CES this past January and developed by Ceedo Technologies, lets you carry your apps with you and use them on any PC, but also saves your preferences, bookmarks, cookies, history, and even temp files. When you unplug it from the host machine, it leaves nothing behind.

It sounds a lot like U3, but PowerToGo differs in numerous ways, and generally looks like a more flexible platform. First, you can load and use nearly any app you want; you’re not limited to those that come loaded on the drive, as you are with U3 drives. Both platforms let you access a continually updated list of “preapproved” apps (Lexar already has about 100), which will load with a click, but you can also load your own apps as long as they are capable of being made portable; some won’t be, because they are tied too closely to the host machine. Ceedo appears to be redirecting registry entries and the file system for PowerToGo apps, but we’ll have to wait until we’ve had more time with the drives to see exactly what they’re doing.

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