Frequently Asked Questions & Answers About ShareDrives™ and MP3 SharePlayers™

 

What is a ShareDrive?

What is a SharePlayer?

What is Sharing-On-The-Go Technology?

What is the difference between a ShareDrive and a standard USB Flash Memory Drive?

What can a ShareDrive do for me that I can’t do with a standard USB Flash Memory Drive?

Do ShareDrives operate with existing USB Flash Memory Drives?

How big are ShareDrives?

How much data can I store on my ShareDrive?

What is the capacity of the memory in a ShareDrive?

How long can data stored on ShareDrives maintain its integrity?

Are ShareDrives a replacement for Floppy Drives and CD’s?

How many times can I transfer data with my ShareDrive?

Why does the ShareDrive have a female USB connector?

How do I connect my ShareDrive to my PC to upload data files?

How do I upload data files into my ShareDrive?

How do I create a “Share” folder?

How do I connect devices together for sharing data?

How do I transfer data from my ShareDrive to my standard USB Flash Memory Drive?

How do I transfer data from my standard USB Flash Memory Drive to my ShareDrive?

What do the LED’s on the ShareDrive Indicate?

What do I do if I receive an error message?

What causes an error?

How do I charge the battery in my ShareDrive?

Does the ShareDrive have an auto-off feature?

Will ShareDrive work on my PC or Mac?

Do SharePlayers & ShareDrives need a driver to install them?

Will my ShareDrive work with my USB Flash Memory Drive without SOTG technology?

Can a ShareDrive be shared over a LAN (Local Area Network)?

Can I use ShareDrive as a boot disk?

Can ShareDrives be affected by computer virus?

Can I protect my ShareDrive files from accidental deletion?

How can I learn more about FlashPoint ShareDrives?

 

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What is a ShareDrive?

ShareDrives are USB Flash Memory Drives with imbedded “Sharing-On-The-Go” technology, or SOTG. They are designed to copy data from one ShareDrive to another or from a ShareDrive to a standard USB Flash Memory Drive made by any other another manufacturer, without connecting to computers or other interconnecting devices.

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What is a SharePlayer?

Today, every person that uses an MP3 Player knows how to download new MP3 files to enjoy the latest songs. A PC is required to download the songs form a web site through the Internet.

With the MP3 SharePlayer by Xmultiple, the user connects their device directly to another users, MP3 Player without the need for a PC. The MP3 SharePlayer has components no other MP3 possesses. Integrated in our device is a chip that contains our Sharing-On-The-Go (SOTG) firmware to provide the MP3 to MP3 upload and download capability. Also integrated into our device is a female USB connector which connects to the male USB connector of another MP3 Player. In most case, the MP3 Players manufactured without a built-in male USB provide a cable to make this connection. Connecting and transmitting files and folders form one MP3 Player to a MP3 SharePlayer is as simple as attaching the devices and pressing a button. Now, as never before, a user can upload and download songs straight form the MP3 Player to another MP3 Player without a computer or electrical outlet.

 

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What is “Sharing-On-The-Go” Technology?

Our Shareplayer and ShareDrive dual directional copy technology, “Sharing-On-The-Go”, or SOTG is a chip-based firmware and hardware technology which enables data transfer from the SOTG device to any standard USB Flash Memory Drive or other ShareDrive (Share) or can copy data from a standard USB Flash Memory Drive to the ShareDrive (Dump). 

Both Share and Dump features are possible without the use of a computer or other support or connection devices. The FlashPoint device contains both a male and a female USB connector.  The male USB connector permits connection to a PC or other host device for uploading data into the Sharedrive and SharePlayer device.  The female connector links the ShareDrive to any other flash memory device in preparation for file transfers between the two.

 

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What is the difference between a ShareDrive and a standard USB Flash Memory Drive?

A ShareDrive has the ability to copy and share data between devices without connecting to a computer. Standard USB Flash Memory Drives do not have the capability to be used away from a computer. Standard USB Flash Memory Drive do not have the ShareDrive’s patented “Sharing On-The-Go Technology”, SOTG. 

 

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What can a ShareDrive do for me that I can’t do with a standard USB Flash Memory Drive?

ShareDrives store, copy and exchange your personal records, digital photos, music and more with just the push of a button and without connecting to computers or bridging devices. Other USB Flash Memory Drives, without SOTG Technology must be connected to a computer in order to transfer data from one device to another.

 

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Do ShareDrives operate with existing USB Flash Memory Drives?

Yes, ShareDrives work as partners to your existing USB Flash Memory Drive and supplement and enhance the variety of applications associated with standard USB Flash Memory Drives.

 

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How big are ShareDrives?

ShareDrives are only slightly larger than other 1GB USB Flash Memory Drives without SOTG Technology because they contain an extra connector and a small Lithium-ion battery pack.  Even still, they are small enough to carry on your key chain or in your pocket or purse.

 

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How much data can I store on my ShareDrive?

Flash memory technology is quickly replacing some of the earlier ways that data was stored and transferred between computers; in fact many PC’s sold today are no longer equipped with a floppy disk drive at all. 3-1/4” floppy disks were able to store up to 1.44MB and Recordable CD’s typically store 750MB. Therefore, a 1GB ShareDrive equals the storage capacity of up to 7 floppy disks and has 250MB more capacity than a recordable CD.

 

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What is the capacity of the memory in a SharePlayer and ShareDrive?

ShareDrives are available with memory capacities of 512K, 1GB 2GB, and 4GB.

 

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How long can data stored on SharePlayer/ShareDrives maintain its integrity?

Data stored in ShareDrives and regular USB Flash Memory Drives can last about ten years without losing any integrity.

 

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Are ShareDrives a replacement for Floppy Drives and CD’s?

Yes, USB flash drives have become a popular replacement for floppy drives. ShareDrives take this technology one step further.

 

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How many times can I transfer data with my ShareDrive?

ShareDrives have no moving parts and are extremely resistant to shock and vibrations. With reasonable care, your ShareDrive should last for many years. With the typical file transfer lasting about 15 seconds you can expect about 100 transfers between battery recharges.  Because Lithium‑ion batteries can deliver up to 500 recharge cycles the estimated life of a ShareDrive is approximately 50,000 data transfers.

 

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Why does the ShareDrive have a female USB connector?

Unlike all other standard USB Flash Memory Drives, a ShareDrive can transfer data to other devices, not just copy from PC’s. This, in effect, makes FlashPoint ShareDrives a “host” and as such, can accommodate other devices connected to it. Therefore, a ShareDrives flash drive has both a male and a female USB connector.

 

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How do I connect my ShareDrive to my PC to upload data files?

A ShareDrive can be connected to a PC or USB Hub for data upload by inserting its male USB connector into the PC’s female USB connector. In this case, the ShareDrive operates as a standard USB Flash Memory Drive. 

 

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How do I upload data files into my ShareDrive?

ShareDrives act just like the hard drive in your PC. You can “drag and drop” files to it, create, edit, delete files and folders. Unlike standard USB Flash Memory Drives, ShareDrives have the ability to copy data on the go to other ShareDrives or to standard USB Flash Memory Drives. When you intend to share data with another device, simply drag the data into the folder named “Share”

 

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How do I create a “Share” folder?

Each time the ShareDrive is turned on it checks for the existence of the “Share” folder. If it is not present, one is automatically created for you. In this way, the folder is always in the right place for file transferring and cannot be permanently deleted.

 

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How do I connect devices together for sharing data?

For Sharing the contents of the ShareDrive (HOST) SHARE Directory with another ShareDrive device or standard USB Flash Memory Drive (GUEST), or to DUMP the data contents of the GUEST device into the ShareDrive HOST device, connect the male USB connector on the GUEST flash drive with the female USB connector on the HOST ShareDrive.

 

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How do I transfer data from my ShareDrive to my standard USB Flash Memory Drive?

1. Connect the devices.

2. Push the “Power” button.

A. Blue LED steady on = Power On and Ready

3. Push the “Share” button.

A. Blue LED flashing = Data transferring

B. Blue LED steady on = Data Transfer complete Power On and Ready

 

In the above scenario, all of the contents of the ShareDrive’s (HOST) SHARE folder have been copied to the GUEST device. The HOST device will automatically create a Directory in the GUEST device named SHARE.  If a folder Named Share is already present in the GUEST, its contents will be overwritten. Note: A “Memory Overload Error” will be indicated when the GUEST device has less total memory available than the contents of the HOST’s SHARE folder.

 

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How do I transfer data from my standard USB Flash Memory Drive to my ShareDrive?

1. Connect the devices.

2. Push the “Power” button.

A. Blue LED steady on = Power On and Ready

3. Push the “Dump” button.

A. Blue LED flashing = Data transferring

B. Blue LED steady on = Data Transfer complete Power On and Ready

 

In the above scenario all of the contents of the GUEST device have been copied to the ShareDrive HOST device (Disk Copy).  Note: A “Memory Overload Error” will be indicated when the HOST FlashPoint device has less total memory available than the contents of the GUEST device.

 

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What do the LED’s on the ShareDrive Indicate?

There are three LED indicators on the ShareDrive:

1. The “data transfer” LED illuminates blue during the following processes:

A. Steady on = Power-On and ready; or cycle complete

B. Blinking = Data is transferring

C. Off = Power-Off

2. The “error” LED is red and changes the blue “data transfer” LED to red in the event of an error (hopefully never!)

3. The LED that indicates battery status illuminates red during the following processes:

A. Steady on = Battery charging

B. Blinking = Low battery charge (when not connected to charger or PC)

C. Blinking = Battery fault (when connected to charger or PC)

D. Off = Charging complete (when connected to charger or PC)

 

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What do I do if I receive an error message?

Simply depress the Power-On button for three seconds to reset to the ready status.

 

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What causes an error?

The most common reason for getting an error message has to do you “memory overload” when you try to share more data than the recipient device has capacity to receive.  Reset the ShareDrive and remove data from the ShareDrive to reduce transfer memory or the recipient device to increase memory space.  You cannot save more data that there is available memory.

 

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How do I charge the battery in my ShareDrive?

Each time the ShareDrive is inserted into a PC’s USB port or a powered USB hub, the battery is automatically recharged. Complete recharging takes only about 1-1/2 to 2 hours and is completely controlled by the ShareDrive. As an alternative, you may use any of the FlashPoint accessory desktop charging stands (sold separately) available form your retailer.

 

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Does the ShareDrive have an auto-off feature?

Because the ShareDrive has an internal battery to provide power for the data transfer functions it needs to be turned-on by the use of a power switch. To save battery life, the ShareDrive turns off automatically 30-60 seconds following the completion of data transfer or period of inactivity.  This feature prevents the battery from prematurely discharged to empty in a person's briefcase or pocket.

 

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Will ShareDrive work on my PC or Mac?

Yes, ShareDrives work on most PC with Windows XP, Me or 2000 and Macintosh computer platforms running OS 9.0 or higher with USB 1.1 or USB 2.0 compatibility.

 

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Do ShareDrives need a driver to install them?

No, you do not need a driver. ShareDrives are plug-and-play so you do not need to install drives if you use Windows 98 or higher.

 

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Will my ShareDrive work with my USB Flash Memory Drive without SOTG technology?

Yes, ShareDrives will copy data to and from standard USB Flash Memory Drive without SOTG Technology. 

 

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Can a ShareDrive be shared over a LAN (Local Area Network)?

ShareDrives can be accessed over a network to enable sharing of data among multiple users. 

 

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Can I use ShareDrive as a boot disk?

ShareDrive is supported by the latest BIOS versions as a bootable device. We recommend that you contact your BIOS vendor to check for USB booting capability.

 

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Can ShareDrives be affected by computer virus?

ShareDrives are designed to work like a typical memory storage device. As such, ShareDrives, standard USB Flash Memory Drives, hard disk drives, CDR/CDRW/RDVD and floppy disks, can become vulnerable to viruses. Fortunately, ShareDrives can be automatically scanned for infections when they are connected to PC’s by anti-virus software.  As whenever you store any data, always be sure of the source.

 

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Can I protect my ShareDrive files from accidental deletion?

ShareDrive has a write protection switch at the bottom end. When switch is in the "unlocked" position, you can write data to the ShareDrive. When switch is "locked", you can only read from the ShareDrive.

 

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How can I learn more about ShareDrives?

You can go to our web site at www.shareplayers.net & www.sharedrives.com or send us as an email with your questions or comments at info@xmultiple.com. ShareDrive is a product of Xmultiple Technologies with engineering and sales offices located in Simi Valley, California and manufacturing in Taipei, Taiwan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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