One of the benefits of getting custom branded USB drives is the available digital storage. This storage can be used in multiple ways. The most popular choice is to leave the USB drives blank and allow end users to have free additional storage. Alternatively, many customers choose to load the drive with digital content such as videos, presentations or brochures.
Welcome to another addition of our DID YOU KNOW Series. This week, we talk about ways to lock your data.
This digital content that is loaded on the drive takes time and effort to create and one concern many of our customers share is that the person using the USB drive will just delete the content off of the USB the first chance they have. Luckily, there is a solution for this problem.
Data Locking allows us to create two partitions on the USB. When plugged into a computer, it will essentially show as two USB drives. In one of the partitions the data cannot be deleted and the other partition functions like a regular USB. This is an absolutely free service that we offer to our customers.
Here’s how it works:
Step 1: Request Your Data Locked During Data Collection
After your order is confirmed, you will be working with a dedicated Account Manager. When they are collecting your order details including your data make sure to mention that you would like your data locked. This lets your Account Manager know to treat your data differently.
Step 2: Locked Size vs. Unlocked Size
In the next step two partitions are created, meaning when plugged in, it will show up as two separate USB drives. Our in house tech team will determine the total size of your data that you would like preloaded. They will then ensure that the first partition will be the correct size for your data and lock that section so any files in that section cannot be deleted. The second unlocked partition will contain the remaining space on the drive and can be used freely like a regular USB drive.
So, if you had purchased a 4GB drive and the total size of the data you would like locked is 1GB, then the first partition will be 1GB and the second partition will be the remaining 3GB.
Step 3: Naming The Partitions
Next, your Account Manager will ask you to name both partitions, so when plugged in the two separate USB Drives can be distinguished. There are a few rules for naming a drive:
- There can be no more than 11 characters including spaces
- Every letter must be capitalized
- There cannot be any special characters (such as %$@!)
In the image above, the outlined drives show examples of what a renamed drive looks like.
It is really as simple as that. Since we do all the hard work during step two, all you really have to do is let us know you would like your data locked and name the two partitions. Our tech wizards take care of the rest and the entire process does not cost you a dime.
Remember, the way we help you upload your data is just one of the things that sets us apart from our competition. In fact, we go to great lengths to ensure your data is exactly how you want it to be – down to every last kilobyte.
This is just one of the many ways we are striving to better serve our customers. Click here to read more about how we have improved our process and made our customers lives easier.
Do you have data that needs to be locked? Request a quote today to get the process started.