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Don't Trow Away That 16MB SD Card

Use it to run Monowall an embedded firewall that is available in a 8.53 MB(.img) image. Specifically, I opted to download the generic-pc-1.33.img image which can be used on CF/HD/USB drives and works on my VIA C3 firewall.

And if you are wondering how in this day and age any one could get hold of a 16MB SD card, well let me you that it came with my Canon digital camera. BTW, I am working on a post titled: How To Install Monowall From A USB Drive.

USB Flash Drive Imaging Tools

If you are like me, then you are probably constantly making changes your USB Flash Drives. This is fine if all you do is work with small capacity drives, but in the case of large capacity ones it becomes a pains. Which is why I decided to write about two simple yet useful tools that can help you create an exact copy of a USB drive, the image can be restored at a later time.

Imaging will create a one time copy, which can be used to restore at a later time.

USB Image Tool

USB Image Tool

Official description:

USB Image Tool can create images of USB flash drives and MP3 players, that are mounted as USB drives. It allows you switch between images with different music styles on your MP3 Player or to make an exact backup image of your USB Stick.

USB Image Tool is rather full featured for what it does, asides from creating exact copies of any storage device that makes use of the USB Mass Storage Protocol it can also compress the resulting image if you like. Also useful is the ability to list several image as your favorites, useful if you tend to frequently restore the same image repeatedly. USB Image Tool uses the .IMG file extension.

Features: Creates exact copies and restores copies. Image compression. Portable requires no installation. Free.
Download: USB Image Tool

Win32Disk Imager

Win32Disk Imager

Although, the name seems to imply that its only capable of wring images, Win32Disk Imager is equally capable of creating an image from any storage device that makes use of the USB Mass Storage Protocol. Out of the two Win32Disk Imager has the simplest interface of the two and it also lacks some of the features found on USB Image Tool. Win32Disk Imager uses the .IMG file extension.

Features: Creates exact copies and restores copies. Really simple interface. Portable requires no installation. Free.
Download: Win32Disk Imager

Both options are great, I guess it all comes down to the interface and which one makes more sense to you. If you have any questions leave a comment below.