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post #11 of 27
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Unfortunately it doesn't show up there. That's what's made it so tricky. I was just hoping others have used similar devices, but it seems to be pretty rare.
post #12 of 27
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I'm going to keep looking, but I have to imagine there has got to be some way to do this so that I can protect the hardware.
post #13 of 27
sounds you try this only on windows. Ever tried a different os?
post #14 of 27
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Nope. The software that needs the dongle runs on windows, so if you have an idea, please let me know.
post #15 of 27
Ok, crazy idea time. What if you run Linux with a Windows Emulator like Wine (you may have to search/experiment to find one that works with the software since I've heard Wine doesn't work with everything very well) and then in Linux try to get into/clone the USB dongle?

Or just dual-boot with Linux, plug the dongle in without the software, and see how Linux sees it so you can try to copy it to a flash drive?

I know with Linux you can get much more low level access to hardware if you're logged in as root and know the proper command (on the command line), but I'm not nearly proficient enough in Linux to know what command that would be.

Also, have you contacted the manufacturer and asked them for opinions/thoughts on your concerns? Hopefully they say something other than "Oh, we offer replacement dongles for $599.99."

A very interesting problem. With all the hardware knowledge floating around on this site, you'd think someone would know something about this. I can't imagine it'd be much more difficult than pulling a BIOS off of a video card or the like.
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Yes but technically this is breaking the copy protection which is against the law. Theres a reason you need that dongle plugged in and thats to authenticate you as a legitimate user. If there was a way to clone the usb drive then there goes there copy protection, along with the iso on TPB will be the iso of the usb drive with instructions on how to mount it.
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post #17 of 27
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Yes but technically this is breaking the copy protection which is against the law. Theres a reason you need that dongle plugged in and thats to authenticate you as a legitimate user. If there was a way to clone the usb drive then there goes there copy protection, along with the iso on TPB will be the iso of the usb drive with instructions on how to mount it.

I can easily see that point of view, but you are legally allowed to make a backup copy of DVD's, etc... I thought this would fall in to the same kind of category. Oh well, back to square one for the OP.
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post #18 of 27
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I can see that point of view, but I was just thinking it was not different than using iso's of discs I own. The point is just to preserve the hardware. The dongle can easily be broken with the high traffic around the computer, so I'm afraid it's bound to happen, as well as being susceptible to theft since it's easily removed. I was hoping to be able to do this so I could keep it secure from both instances. The software is only useful to me on the one computer it's on anyhow and would be completely useless anywhere else.
post #19 of 27
If it's only useful on your computer then why are you worried about theft. What software are you running that uses a HASP key?
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post #20 of 27
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Theft isn't a main concern. I was just saying that it wouldn't be difficult since you just have to unplug it. The main concern is if it were ever to be broken. I was just looking to see if there was a way to do this so that I didn't have to worry about the hardware failing or being accidentally broken.
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