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post #1 of 27
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I have software that I have to have a usb dongle plugged in because it contains the key for it. I'm always weary of accidentally breaking it or it crapping out and not working anymore. I'm wondering if there would be a way to make a backup of it, or even creating an iso of it and running it through an emulator such as Daemon tools.
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Hmm. Why not just use backup software like you'd use to back up a HDD? I'm assuming it would work.
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I don't know how. It doesn't show up as a drive.
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It's probably just a device you plug in and then the software authenticates against it. The software probably installed a driver when you installed it, and the driver interacts with it on a low level - meaning it can probably tell it's another device through some means (if it's even a storage device and not just a control chip and a ROM chip).
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post #5 of 27
I think it was solidworks that did something very similar. It came with a USB dongle that had to be present for the program to work I think.
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post #6 of 27
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Yes, that's exactly it. Software won't work without it plugged in, and it doesn't show up as a drive. I was hoping there was some way to make a backup in case the jump drive craps out.
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post #8 of 27
might try this, it shows how to clone a flash drive using a program called norton ghost. also, im not sure if you are running windows 7, but in win 7 try enabling the ability to see hidden files

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post #9 of 27
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I appreciate it, but as I said, that method is simple for cloning a usb drive if it was a simple storage device. But the question what do you do when it's not showing up as a storage device, as these dongles are set up for.
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post #10 of 27
well does it show up in device manager?

start > right click computer > manage > in the left of that click device manager > open usb controllers > see if it shows up.

this could help with finding a solution. what does it name the device in device manager? (you can see by unplugging it, plugging it back in to see what has changed)
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