U3 smart drive

I am currently shopping around for a new usb flash drive and ran across the name of U3 smart drives. From what I can gather these u3 enabled drives allow user to run specifically writen applications off of a usb drive and when you disconnect the drive there is no evidence on the host computer that you were even there. I am curious if anyone here has gotten a U3 smart drive or looked into this technology before and any pros and cons you might have. Something I wasn't able to find out and would like to know is if it truely does run off the usb drive or does it still save application specific files and folders in the background to work?

Any application that doesnt need to be installed can run off a usb drive without troubles. I do it a lot because being an IT guy I have a lot of little tools that fit this category. The usb drive doesnt really have anything to do with it though.

Sounds like a bit of marketing dribble to me.

pol wrote:

Any application that doesnt need to be installed can run off a usb drive without troubles. I do it a lot because being an IT guy I have a lot of little tools that fit this category. The usb drive doesnt really have anything to do with it though.

Sounds like a bit of marketing dribble to me.

I agree if that is the case. But my understanding is using the software development tools provided by U3 allows software developers to create applications, that normally need to be installed on a computer like outlook or microsoft office, and allow them to be run off of the usb drive without being installed on the host computer you are using. So if your telling me there is a way I can run Microsoft Office on my computer without installing it, I would really like to know how.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...

I remember reading an article recently, either Dvorak or that other guy in PC Mag, that talked about U3, but forget what the distinction was. However, that link should have some good info.

http://www.everythingusb.com/u3.html looks promising.

Wow I stand corrected. If it works the way they say it does I am both amazed and terrified by the implications.

I was under the same impression as pol.

Here's some non-U3 useful stuff though:

http://portableapps.com/
http://www.portablefreeware.com/