USB HDD how to protect from sys tray removal

January 11, 2011 at 06:43:34
Specs: Win XP + sp3, Athlon 759 + 768Mb
We are a community radio station and want a simple upgrade to archive old shows.
Sticking a USB HDD on the playout machine is a nice solution with many benefits (not the least cost).

However - any external device can be "removed safely" from the sys tray unless there is a specific mechanism preventing it. I assume I could (by looking in the right place) assign it to (say) drive Z:

There are a lot of volunteers who don't think, and a few who know what they know and couldn't possibly be expected to know that they don't know as much as they think they do! If you see what I mean.

Any ideas on preventing "safe removal"?


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January 11, 2011 at 07:31:05

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January 13, 2011 at 09:06:24
I had a look and as I read it, it is a global solution.

Given that the machine gets it's files from USB sticks as well as the network and people transfer files to that machine for playout it is not the answer to hide all USB devices. It may be that what I ask is impossible.

One solution I had in mind was to have a background task running from the USB HDD so that anyone who tried to remove from the sys tray was prevented, physically they have no chance. Knowing them as I do (it only takes one) they will assume. And not see they have asked to remove the wrong device. That will eventually result in someone yanking out their stick before it is ready. They would learn - eventually.

The only problem with that is that someone else who thinks they know, will stop the blocking task. Perhaps I should call it "DO NOT STOP THIS APP".

As one person put it to me and you can see where it applies.

The arrogance of ignorance.

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