Installing Time & Chaos on a Flash Drive

autoplay from a usb flash drive One of our favorite features in Time & Chaos 7 is the ability to install and run Time & Chaos directly from a memory stick or flash drive.

A flash drive plugs into the USB port on any current Windows PC. It offers more space than the old A: floppy disks did, and fits easily on your keychain or in your pocket or briefcase.

With the popularity of this type of media, we can now create a fully functional licensed version installed directly to and run from a USB Flash Drive. This allows you to attach the device to a guest computer to access data without leaving any apparent tracks on the guest system.

The version of your data you work with on the Flash Drive can be synchronized intellegently with your computer so that any changes and updates you make to your data in one place can be shared with both.

Once you have a flash drive ready to go with our software installed on it, you will be able to plug it into a computer where you will see a screen like this:

Installing Time & Chaos to your USB Flash Drive is easy!

  1. From within Time & Chaos, click on the "Tools" menu at the top, then select "Options". Within the options screen, click on the section "Install to card".
  2. Select the appropriate drive letter for your memory stick from the drop down menu "select destination memory device."
  3. Select "Install" and watch a copy of Time & Chaos install directly to your drive.

Install To Card from program options

At the end of the installation process, you should have a few new folders on your flash drive. Your data has not been transferred yet, only the program and settings. You do get the following prompt, though, which takes you to the next step:

install complete

Getting your Data to and from the Flash Drive is easy too!

If you click "Yes" to the installation complete message, you will be taken to our "Sync with Removable Media" screen.

Please note that if you have done this directly from the "Install to card" screen, it will automatically fill in the data folder we created on your Flash Drive. The drive letter will depend on which letter your Flash Drive was assigned, but after the drive letter should be "My Documents\Chaos Data", which is similar to our default data location on your real PC.

  1. Select which data files you would like to sync - Contacts, Tasks, Appointments, and/or Memos.
  2. Click "Sync" to transfer your data

Sync to removable media

Now what?

File menuWith your data on your flash drive, you are ready to go! But if you use it, someday soon you'll want to come back to your "real" PC and bring your data with you that you have been updating.

On the File menu is an option to Synchronize with Removable Media, which will take you back to the screen you did the initial sync from.

Please note the data location, which has to match the data location on the flash drive where you have been storing the data (not the program itself!)


This help article applies to Time & Chaos 7