Thursday, September 24, 2009

USB Drive Updated (beta2)

If you have USB Drive installed and active you need to disconnect USB Cable during upgrade process.

- Compatibility problem with iTunes on Windows  platform was resolved by adding new "Drive Only" mode.
- Drives can now be properly ejected on Mac OS X
- USB Drive now backups system configuration files and restores them on uninstall
- beta expiration period extended to 1 Nov 2009
- Minor bug fixes

Friday, September 11, 2009

Make iPhone a bootable USB Disk - Tutorial

One of our friends, limneos has published an excellent article about using an iPhone in quite unexpected way - to make it bootable device for the PC. 

That is, you can boot a PC  using your little shiny iPhone or iPod, it seems it should work for Mac too, but you will need to google for bootefi too.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

USB Drive Updated (beta1)

I have published small update to the USB Drive utility yesterday. There are few cosmetic changes in disk creation routine, progress bar was added and now cancellation of disk creation doesn't leave incompleted disk images on iPhone.

Few answer to the popular questions:

Q: Where disk images are located? I want to remove them manually
A: Check /var/Volumes. You can remove using "rm /var/Volumes/*" command from your favorite ssh client or terminal.

Q: How remove disk image?
A: Swipe on a disk name (slide from left to right) and tap "Delete" button

Q: I have uninstalled USB Drive but disk space was to freed
A: This is by design. You need to remove disk images manually. I will not automatically kill your data.

Q: It doesn't work under with Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7
A: If you have iTunes installed there is known problem regarding Apple Mobile USB driver.  You can use workaround posted by limneos here.  I am working on a better workaround, but this is the best at this moment.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

USB Drive for iPhone beta is available

USB Drive for the iPhone platform (CE2I to name it short) let you use iPhone or iPod Touch as USB Mass Storage device.

This is a beta release, please expect bugs. Read the following text carefully, it contains important information. Seriously.

USB Mass Storage protocol is widely supported by modern operation systems and consumer devices, USB thumb drives and photo cameras are good examples of devices which implement USB Mass Storage protocol. Since this device class is likely supported by your operation system you do not need any additional drivers or complex (read: any) setup, this makes information exchange much easier.

USB Drive let you create one or more virtual disks for use as USB Mass Storage volume, thus you can allocate some of your iPhone space to carry desktop files with you.