Optical drives have been nearly eliminated from all modern computers. A DVD player can be too heavy, bulky and consumes too much power. A company has started planning to replace the optical drive.
Let’s face it: CDs and DVDs can be too large and not durable. If you have recordable media, you may be concerned that UV light will damage the data.
The discs are nearly five inches wide and weigh nearly five inches. They are also much slower than other storage media. The dimensions of the optical drive are optimized to the smallest possible and the lightest. But this is not enough to guarantee that it can be used in laptops.
Today’s laptops are extremely small and light. You can use the space provided by an optical drive for more convenient components. This space can be used to store larger batteries, which will increase performance, or for more powerful graphics cards to satisfy graphic designers and gamers. A laptop should deliver maximum performance in the smallest possible form factor.
All that said, it is impossible to use outdated technology such as an optical drive.
Optical discs, whether CDs or DVDs, have some very valuable features that should not be overlooked. A company works hard to keep those memories alive.
Nexcopy is a California-based company that specializes in feature-rich USB flash drives. It offers advanced configurations and functions. Its main purpose is to offer almost identical optical disc alternatives in flash storage.
The company offers five options
The autorun features, along with the read-only feature, are the two most requested features on an optical disc.
Everyone loves the autorun feature of an optical disc. Software may be provided by companies that automatically install software when an optical disc is accessed. Standard USB flash drives cannot run automatically and cannot be mounted on computers like optical discs.
#1 Disc License
Nexcopy responded to this problem by creating a product dealing with the autorun feature. When connected to a host computer, the USB device that appears as a USB CD-ROM device. Full autorun functionality remains intact and the device works just like an optical disc.
For example, a disc duplication house might use its ISO files that were previously used for CD and DVD duplication to create USB CD-ROM flash drives. Even though the optical disc is on the verge of extinction, that doesn’t necessarily mean the concept is dead.
The other most popular feature of an optical disc is its read-only option. This feature ensures that data on optical drives cannot be altered, cannot be altered, and will always remain the same as when it was written.
Standard USB flash drives do not have a read-only feature. The universal method to make flash drives read-only or write-protected is not available. This makes the feature harder to find. Flash memory is like a mini hard disk. Since flash memory has a default nature to read and write, it can be difficult to configure this “mini hard disk” so that the data cannot be modified.
Many companies struggle to find optical drives in computers. Therefore, they can no longer offer optical discs to customers. Clients no longer have the ability to read the disc. These companies are looking for alternatives to optical media because the read-only functions are as important as the content.
#2 Lock the license
Nexcopy has created a product that solves the USB flash drive read-only problem. The Lock License Drive is a USB flash drive that can be read only by default.
In other words, the USB lock license does not allow a user to write to the USB drive, but can only read from it. To force the USB license lock to become writable, you must force it first.
Locking license readers have a unique approach that prevents content from being modified or copied. Also, viruses cannot jump on the USB drive because the USB drive can only be read at any time. This combination makes the Lock License USB Key the perfect solution for anyone looking to write protection with a USB flash drive.
It should be noted that you can remove USB write protection and make it writable. This process is secure and requires the content owner to grant specific write access privileges.
The subtle and beautiful feature of Lock License Drive is that even after unlocking and writing the device, the default state of USB drive returns to read-only state when disconnected from PC. It is impossible to make the lock license reader readable. This is an extremely secure solution for anyone who wants to create content permanently on a USB flash drive.
#3 USB Copy Protection
It used to be very common to share video via optical media such as DVD or CD without worrying about sharing it with others. There are tools available to “rip” video from a disc. However, this is a complex process that most non-technical people wouldn’t care about. With the optical drive gone, what options do you have for transferring video to a USB flash drive? It is sure to be copied.
We have already established that a USB flash drive works like a mini hard drive, which is by default a writing and reading device. Now the question is: how to share an audio or video file from a flash drive that cannot be copied?
Nexcopy offers USB copy security with the Copy Secure flash drive. The flash drive only allows access to the file. The flash drive cannot be used to save, copy, transfer, share or broadcast the file.
Copy Secure is similar to an encrypted file, but it does not require a password to view it.
Copy protection can be achieved with optical media using the DVD Copy Control Association protocol. This system linked the playback chipsets of a DVD player to the encoded content of a disc. This system allowed software publishers and major studios to purchase a security system that protected their intellectual properties. However, USB drives are not subject to a universal security screening system.
Nexcopy solved this problem by allowing common file types, such as MP3, MP4, HTML and PDF to be copy-protected when playing from a flash disk. Content can be viewed on an Apple or Microsoft Windows computer. Although the solution is not universally compatible with devices such as televisions or car stereos, copy-protected content will play in the two most popular operating systems.
Like lock and license drives, secure copy drives can be read-only (write-protected), so users can’t claim “a file was deleted, can I get another one?” to get a second copy for free.
#4 USB encryption
Copy Secure discs can be used as encryption. However, they do not require passwords. There is a subtle distinction between encryption and copy protection. Encryption works by scrambling data. Once the password is entered, the content will be played. An encryption password can only be used to protect honesty. This means that once a file has been decrypted, it is open to anyone who wants to print, copy or share the file.
What if the password is shared with others? This is what copy protection does.
If you want to ensure that the data is secure on your disk, an encryption solution can be used.
Nexcopy is a solid choice. It will place the encrypted data on the USB drive and only display the contents after entering the correct password.
For example, the accounting department of a large company stores financial documents on a flash device for transport between home and office. This trust is maintained, but it is necessary to protect the USB key in case the USB key is lost in the garage or stolen. The files will be protected by encryption.
Like previous products, it is impervious to formatting or deleting disk contents. The person who discovered the drive couldn’t put a virus on it (perhaps trying to hack the company) and return it pretending to be innocent.
#5 Safe Disk
Hidden partitions that hold data are a feature that CDs and DVDs did not offer. An optical disc is a product that writes data linearly. The data writing process begins inside the disk and moves outward.
Note: Mass-produced DVD and CD media are “stamped”, so the preceding sentence only refers to recordable discs and DVD media.
Secure Disk hides most USB memories from users who connect the device to a PC. It is very unlikely that the user will be able to access the hidden area of memory if he is not aware of his capabilities.
If the Secure Disk connects to a Windows system, it will only allow a 20MB partition. This 20MB partition can read and write any information. However, the space in the cached memory area is also available to users who know how to access it.
For example, the USB could be a 32 GB flash drive. The 20 MB partition is not visible to the user. The 20MB public partition will disappear if the login.exe file was accessed with the correct password.
Once connected, the 32 GB private partition is readable and writable and can store any type of data. This private partition is neither encrypted nor copy-protected.
Secure Disk was originally designed to be a HIPAA-compliant flash drive. HIPAA compliance means patient records, information and history must be kept in a secure place. Secure Disk is HIPAA compliant as it is password protected. Access to the secret memory area can only be done with the correct password.
Secure Disk has more uses than HIPAA medical records. It’s worth considering for international travelers who need to carry sensitive data.
Although Secure Disk cannot replace some optical media technologies, it shows that Nexcopy is a forward-thinking company.
Since so many flash drive products have been developed, it was important to also create data loading products that could be mass-produced efficiently. Nexcopy was founded in 2004 with its original offering of the USB200PC, a PC-based twenty-target USB flash drive duplicator. Since then, many other products have been added to the Nexcopy product line, including USB flash drive printing systems, standalone USB systems and other data loading products.