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Forum topic by wwbob posted 01-30-2013 06:13 PM 772 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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wwbob

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01-30-2013 06:13 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cad computer virus viruses question

Background: I do some of the CAD work for teachers at the local high schools. I do a lot of the work at home, then transfer the data via small USB drives to the computers at the high school. The computers at the high school are to say the least infected with every known virus and teenager can place onto a computer.

After losing some data on the USB drive, I’m looking for some methodology to help protect my USB drive from all the viruses found on the high school computers.

Any suggestions?

-- "I like the quiet I hear." - Channing, age 4


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madts

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#1 posted 01-30-2013 06:24 PM

Maybe this work. Start with a new flash drive at home. Down load you stuff. Up loadload at the school. Them format the drive.

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/format-usb-drive/

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MaroonGoon

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#2 posted 01-30-2013 06:45 PM

I would recommend using “Dropbox” in order to store your files online (as long as you have internet connection with your home computer). Creating an account is simple and can store a few gigabytes of information (maybe more?). You just go to the Dropbox website and login and you will have access to all of your files. Then you don’t have to worry about infecting your home computer.

https://www.dropbox.com/

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wwbob

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#3 posted 01-31-2013 04:00 AM

Thank you for your suggestions.

I’ve decided to throw some money at the problem. I bought a USB stick drive with an external write protect switch. You can get a regular 8Gb drive for $8, and this one cost $16.

I’m hoping the extra $8 will be worth it.

-- "I like the quiet I hear." - Channing, age 4

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#4 posted 01-31-2013 05:22 PM

I use the dropbox method myself. Use a virus protection software on the home base PC and scan the files before opening.

-- Chris K

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