I discovered a nice USB software called My Pen Drive recently which you can download free of charge from the developers homepage. It is offering two great features basically: one is the ability to autostart applications from the USB drive when it gets connected to the computer, the other to automatically backup local folders to the USB drive whenever it is connected to the PC.
The USB software has a clean user interface which makes it easy to configure the options in a short period of time. You can select the program that you want to autostart when the USB Drive connects to your computer in the "Start Programs" pane. The backup option can be configured in the "Backup Folders" pane right above "Start Programs". You may select up to three custom folders that you want to back up every time the USB drive is connected to the computer.
Several default Microsoft Windows folders such as My Documents, My Music and My Pictures have already been added and can be checked. Besides those you can browse your computer and select three folders that should be backed up as well. It should be obvious that you can't select folders that are bigger than the space of the USB drive.
The total size of a backup is shown in My Pen Drive and you can compare that figure with the size of the USB drive. Great little application, I use it mainly for backing up personal files every now and then as it is very comfortable to use for this purpose.
Update: The PendriveX software is no longer available for free. The software is available as a ten days evaluation copy, after which either a standard or advanced license needs to be purchased. An alternative is USB Flash Copy which you can use to automatically copy data from selected devices. It is not the same though, as it copies files from the USB device by default, but not the other way around.
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