Flash Drive Write Potection

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December 27, 2011 at 11:38:36
Specs: Windows 7, i7 980x
I'm a photographer and am starting to deliver photographs to my clients via flash drives. I would like to figure out the best way to enable write protection on the flash drives so that the user can't easily hit delete and erase the photos stored on the drive. I don't need password protection or copy protection. I'm even ok if the solution doesn't prevent against reformatting. I just don't want a client to accidentally delete a photo.

Also, the flash drive needs to be formatted to fat32 so that it's readable on both PC and Mac. I've been looking around for software that can do this and haven't found anything that really works. Thanks!

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December 27, 2011 at 12:43:43
flash-drives/pen-drives are the wrong media type for your requirements as they are most unsuitable for precious photo images for your clients owing to their poor reliability - you will get a barrage of complaints from your customers.

The medium to use is high quality CD-R or DVD-R. These are much more reliable and the files you put on them are inherently read-only without you having to do anything.

You can also write a meaningful title on the disc (using only a cd-marker pen), something you can't do with a pen-drive.

Also with a CD, FAT32 or NTFS is irrelevant. All you need to decide on therefore is the image format to use for writing to CD. For cross-platform between Windows & Mac, the best option is JPG.

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December 27, 2011 at 13:10:25
Thank you for the insight. These are all things i've considered already and have naturally progressed to flash drives for various reasons and benefits they offer over DVD media.

I'm positing to find out if there is a software I can load on the flash drive to enable write protection with a fat32 filesystem.

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