Is it possible to make a mount-able version of an unmountable USB device?

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Is it possible to make a mount-able version of an unmountable USB device?

Hey there guys,

I have a USB device, which i want to copy all the data contained within it, into my Hard drive. It doesnt mount. Is it still possible? thanks.

I'm sure must be though... Isn't it how dongle emulators are made?

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What kind of USB device is it

What kind of USB device is it, and what format is it? Any idea why it won't mount?

Also, does it show up in Disk Utility or Disk Copy? If anything, you could try to make a disk image from it to recover the data.

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dd

Try using dd from the command line.

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I'm afriad i've tried all the

I'm afriad i've tried all the standard disk copy proceedures and checking in volumes and all that. however, this device doesn't need to mount. it simply connects and works.

the dd command looks interesting. how would i use this?

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What kind of device is it? We

What kind of device is it? We really can't help you unless we have more specifics. Is it tape, Bernouli, 5 1/4, flash, etc.

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okay, to be honest, its one o

okay, to be honest, its one of theese "key" sorta devices... and it is purely for my own use, however it seems rediculous to me, to ask that i should spend another £600 just so that i can use it on two computers at once!

I understand now if by me having told you what it actaully is, that you don't want to have to help me... if worst comes to worst, i will end up buying a second copy, but not atleast without trying!

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Re: okay, to be honest, its one o

okay, to be honest, its one of theese "key" sorta devices... and it is purely for my own use, however it seems rediculous to me, to ask that i should spend another £600 just so that i can use it on two computers at once!

Just to note, those software keys usually arn't just storage devices. The standard trick is to embed a small microprocessor ASIC which encrypts/decrypts "secret codes". (Basically, the protected software spews some nonsense to the key, and the key anwsers back with nonsense appropriately munged using serial numbers and whatnot burned into the ASIC's ROM as the encryption key. The software's not just reading the same static data every time.)

Thus copying one is a non-trivial affair. Legal complications aside.

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i had a feeling it wasn't goi

i had a feeling it wasn't going to be all that easy! *sigh*

... I might have to go to the dark side for this one!... i'm not giving in!

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Re: i had a feeling it wasn't goi

i had a feeling it wasn't going to be all that easy! *sigh*

... I might have to go to the dark side for this one!... i'm not giving in!

Just to note, you *do* understand that depending on where you live you may or may not be breaking the law by just by circumventing the copy protection technology used on that software, right? (Not to mention the obvious violation of the terms of your license agreement, which would theoretically apply whether the software had a dongle or not.)

Anyway. You may not care, but it's worth pointing out. Chances of being caught are pretty low, but *if* you are the penalties will be substantially steeper then the cost of another software license.

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dongle emulator ethics question

what's the app yer trying to 'steal'? Most all dongle-protected apps get cracked sooner or later . . .

Not that I'd know of course. Having never used such a thing. Ethically wrong old chap, simply wouldn't do it. Though I have heard of 'em. You know, around, out there. On the net. Google, whatever.

Hmm, using a crack may be illegal, or not. If one is paying for an app by-the-workstation-seat, and you only use one licence on one 'puter at a time . . . if (for convenience sake) one uses a crack to make this app portable to more than one 'puter, is that really stealing? Dadgumb ethics problems!!

nutz, badly written, but y'all hopefully get my drift.

Dan K (in no way advocating stealing stuff)

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well i don't consider it stea

well i don't consider it stealing at all, infact i'll charge the manufaturer of stealing my money!!

Anyway, it was just for backup and educational purposes by the way, and i wouldn't reccomend anyone else do what i had been trying. yes.. i think i've given up already! Blum 3

i've had a quick look and it seems no one has been able to do it!

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