USB Flash Drive:

Step 1

Create a .zip or .rar file of your files and folders exactly how you would like to see them on the final USB flash drive.

You may upload a .iso file but we do NOT extract .iso files.

If you want multiple files on the USB, you must use .zip or .rar.

Step 2

Upload the .zip or .rar file and update the TrepStar project. Before we copy files to the USB Thumb Drive, we unzip your .zip or .rar archive.

You may upload an .iso file but we do not extract that to the USB.

You may also upload an .exe file.

USB File Content Types:

  1. If you currently have a data CD or DVD that's meant for a computer, zip up those files and use that for the USB.
  2. If you have a video dvd, click here to learn more about what you could place on a USB. We recommend a .zip file that contains .mp4 files.
  3. If you have an audio CD, you would want to zip up mp3 or wav files for your USB.
  4. If you have software (a setup.exe for example), you may upload that .exe file. The .exe file will be copied to the USB and we will make an autorun.inf file for it. However, most computers will not autoplay USB flash drives for security reasons (worries about viruses). Each computer has settings that determine how it will behave when a USB flash drive is placed in the computer.
  5. We also will accept an uploaded .ISO file for the USB but PLEASE NOTE .ISO FILES ARE NOT EXTRACTED TO THE USB:
    1. If you upload an .iso file, that will be the only file located on the USB. We don't extract the .iso to the USB like we do for DVDs, we just copy it. Computers can read the .iso file. If you want your entire folder/file structure copied to the USB, use a .zip or .rar file for USB (we will extract the zip/rar onto the USB drive).
    2. A computer will be able to read/open/play .ISO files but a smart TV will not. Click here to learn more about video DVDs and USB.
    3. Example .iso file structure shown expanded (will not be expanded on the USB drive). Only the .iso file will be on the USB. The user will need to unzip or extract the .iso or use a media player to view it (such as VLC media player).

Step 1: Create a .zip or .rar file:

Zip up your files and subfolders into a single .zip (or .rar) file. An individual .zip or .rar file is required for each USB Flash drive project so our automated system knows exactly what goes on the thumb drive. Not sure how to zip up files? Learn More

We unzip your .zip, or .rar file before we copy the files to the USB Drive. We copy the exact file structure of your zip file including all folders and subfolders.

A USB Flash drive is just like any computer data storage device. You may store any type files you want on the USB flash drive. Just like a data CD or DVD, a USB flash drive stores computer readable data, but USB flash drives have different capacities than a CD or DVD.

Do you have Audio CDs? Create a zip file of .MP3 files. They will be copied to the USB Flash drive. A high quality 192bit rate or higher MP3 file sounds just as good (to most people) as the original .wav files and take about 10 times less space. You can easily get many hours of audio on even our smallest 512MB USB Flash drive. Your multi disc audio set could ALL fit on a single USB flash drive if you created MP3 files of your audio. For example, iTunes can easily import mp3 files into the library.

Do you have an .ISO image file of your DVD or CD? We copy that .iso file to the USB (but do not extract it). Your computer can read the .iso file using windows media player, VLC media player, and .iso files can be read by both windows and macs (and other computers). You right click or explore the iso file and you can extract those files directly from the USB to the computer (if you have an unzip or extract program installed). You may also play them directly from the USB. Instead of a .iso, you may also create a .zip file of your files, and those files will be extracted to the DVD. Learn more about .iso image files

  1. Example .iso file structure shown expanded (will not be expanded on the USB drive). Only the .iso file will be on the USB. The user will need to unzip or extract the .iso or use a media player to view it (such as VLC media player).

Do you have a video DVD? Click here to learn more about transferring video DVDs to USB.

If you create a .zip file of exactly what you want on the USB, that will be extracted and copied to the USB drive including all folders and sub-folders. We suggest you test by copying whatever files you are working with to a USB drive. The final product from TrepStar will behave the same way. Once you have it looking the way you want, zip up those file(s) and upload that to the TrepStar project.

Step 2: Upload the file:

1) You may upload your file (.zip, .rar, .iso, .exe) directly to the TrepStar Project. Edit your project, click the green upload button, and select your file.

2) You may upload your file to your website and type (copy/paste) that URL into the TrepStar Project. The following sample assumes you have access to a web server where you can upload files that are publicly accessible.

3) You may upload your file to a cloud service like Amazon S3. Make that file public, get the URL, then edit the TrepStar project and type in the URL to that file on your server. Learn More about Amazon S3

4) You may upload your file to the TrepStar free ftp public folder. Once the file is uploaded, edit the TrepStar project and type in the URL to that file on your server. Notice the URL to the TrepStar FTP folder ALWAYS begins with Learn More about TrepStar FTP

Too much work? Let us do the file preparation for you:

If you would rather skip the file preparation step, or want complete project setup support, you have a few options. Learn More

Other Considerations:

  1. We use Professional Grade Tier 1 SanDisk, Micron, Toshiba, Hynix, Samsung, or Intel chips. We have sizes ranging from 512MB for smaller CD sized products, 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB for large projects.