USB Alert: Freeware For Forgetful Flash Users

If you are one of those people always leaving behind a flash drive with important data, check this out. USB Alert is a free utility for Windows that reminds you to pop out your USB stick when you begin to power down your system.

USB Drive

Compatible with Windows XP and up, USB Alert lives in the system tray.

System Tray

In Windows 7, when you shut down the system and leave your drive plugged in, you’ll get the following message.

Hit Cancel and remove your flash drive.

USB Alert Windows 7

If you’re using XP, you’ll hear an alert sound and see the following screen. Click Devices.

USB Alert XP

USB Alert will display the attached to your computer. Right-click the drive and hit Eject.

USB Alert

This is a great utility that will ensure you don’t leave your flash drive behind again.

Download USB Alert – free for personal use.



  1. Shirley Cornwell

    October 11, 2011 at 11:12 am

    It doesn’t allow me to download the Free personal use version. Am I missing something?

  2. Ryan Chau

    February 13, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    It’s a good tool to have.

    but the portable is not really “auto run” per say… once you get into this mode, you always remember to run it first…if you’re plan to work on that USB for long period of time. Also check out

    same idea, same concept but different software, this one open source.


  3. Ryan Chau

    February 13, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    oh by the way: “Autorun.inf” DOES WORKS on Windows XP but does not work on Windows 7…here how to turn it on.

    Open the gpedit > Expand Administrative Templates >Windows Components > Autoplay Policies in order.Then double click “Turn off Autoplay” > “Disable” then in the same Autoplay Policies > “Default behavior for AutoRun” > “Enable”.

    Have fun.


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