Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Toad – Did you know you can run it of a USB stick.

via (Bert Scalzo’s blog)

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Here are the steps:

  1. Format the USB Flash Drive as an NTFS file system.
    1. File explorer, right hand mouse, properties, hardware tab
    2. Select the USB Flash Drive and press the properties button
    3. Policies tab, choose Optimize for Performance and press OK
    4. Format the USB Flash Drive – NTFS should now be available
  2. Create TOAD_FLASH directory on your USB Flash Disk (at topmost level)
  3. Download and then unzip the file onto your USB Flash Disk
  4. Unzip the contained Oracle Instant Client installation file onto your USB Flash Disk
  5. Install Toad for Oracle and copy the Toad home (install directory) to your flash drive
    Example: xcopy /s /q "C:\Program Files\Quest Software\Toad 9.7" "X:\Toad 9.7\"
  6. Run TOAD_FLASH_SETUP.bat file to install (and save pre-existing Toad setups)
  7. Run TOAD_FLASH_RUN.bat file to launch Toad (must enter license first time)
  8. Run TOAD_FLASH_RESTORE.bat file to restore PC back to prior Toad state

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