Running yaTimer from a portable drive

Image of USB thumb drive

Running from an external drive is not supported in the trial version of yaTimer, it is enabled when you enter your activation code after buying a license.

yaTimer - my time tracking application, can run from a portable drive, it can run from anything with a drive-like interface, a USB flash drive, a memory card, a digital camera, an iPod or an external hard disk.

All of the application’s features work when running from a portable drive except for auto-update.

To run from a portable drive:

  1. Run yaTimer.
  2. Open the main menu.
  3. Click the “Options” button (on the bottom of the main menu).
  4. In the options window scroll all the way down and click the “Copy to Portable Drive” button.
  5. Select a folder on the portable drive, I recommend you create a new folder and select it.
  6. Click Ok and wait while yaTimer is being copied.
  7. After getting a message that yaTimer was copied successfully you can cancel the options dialog and exit yaTimer.

After copying yaTimer to a portable drive both copies has the same data, but this data is not synchronized – when you run yaTimer from the start menu you get the data stored on your hard drive and when you run yaTimer from the portable drive you get the data from the portable drive.

yaTimer copies about 10 files to the portable drive, all those files have to be in the same folder for yaTimer to run.

When starting yaTimer the first thing it does is check that you have Microsoft .net Framework 3.0 installed, if the required components are not installed it will offer to let you download them from Microsoft’s web site.

Synchronizing the installed copy with the portable copy is not supported in the current version but will be supported in the future.

In the next post I’ll explain how to make yaTimer work with the menu from

posted @ Wednesday, April 30, 2008 4:46 PM

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# re: Running yaTimer from a portable drive

Left by Ken Klages at 5/12/2008 12:09 PM

If you run a copy on the USB drive and then you want to go back to running off the hard drive on your desktop for instance, how do you get the updated data from the USB drive back in to the desktop computer? And then to go back to the USB drive again, do you recreate the whole set of files? or is there one file we can copy & overwrite?

Synchronize will obviously take care of this, so if that is imminent, you can ignore this question.


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