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    Cyruscosmo is offline Junior Member
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    Default I had an idea for Chrome…

    My brother sent me the link for Google Chrome and I thought oh no another browser. For about a year now I have been using Chrome, it started here and there the first couple of months and now I use it exclusively. I have three computers that I use for different tasks. One day while moving some links out of Chrome to a thumb drive so I could add them to the computer at home I had an idea.

    Picture the Chrome Browser with a button in the top bar next to the Google Logo that says "Personal Chrome". When this button is clicked a small box opens and asks if you want to create a New Personal Chrome or open an existing Personal Chrome.

    Select "Create New" and you get another box with settings and options for selecting file paths and naming file and so forth.

    Select "Open Existing" and you get an explorer box to select where your Personal Chrome file is located. Point this at your thumb drive and select the file you want such as…

    A file with setting's pluggins and saved links for a research paper that you are doing in school.

    A file that has information on searches you have done for parts and materials for various jobs.

    Or just your personal file with your own favorite places with all your saved passwords and other personal info you don't want saved on a computer you have no control over.

    Select the one you want and click ok and a password box opens up. Enter your password and click ok and The Chrome Browser opens with everything just where you left it last time you used this particular Personal Chrome file. All your searches visited links history passwords and so forth are saved in the Personal Chrome file on your thumb drive and not on the computer you used it on.

    The biggest reason I have for wanting something like this is have you ever tried commuting to work and back on a motorcycle? Laptops don't survive very long in a saddlebag. Actually about three weeks…

    Now instead of carting around a laptop I have a little Chrome in my pocket.

    I hope one of the Chrome developers sees this post and likes the idea. It would sure make using Chrome more functional and a hell of a lot easier… for me anyway.

    Cyruscosmo

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    Not sure if this would work, and unfortunately haven't got a spare computer to test it on, but I think it's worth a try ....

    Install a version of Portable Chrome on your thumb drive (I've currently got 2.0.164.0).

    Copy your current Bookmarks which are in your Chrome/User Data/Default to Portable Chrome/Profil/Default on your thumb drive ...

    Give it a whirl ....

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    Yes and No Portable Chrome works ok but running the whole program from the thumb drive is soooooo very slow.

    I was thinking more along the lines of using Chrome as is and saving the personal info and passwords on the thumb drive along with the e-mail addresses/passwords, web address, links and history. That way all the thumb drive would load into the Chrome window is the Book Marks Bar, Most Visited websites, Recent bookmarks and whatever opened tabs you had when you used that personal profile last. If you opened a website you need a password for when using the Personal Chrome mode it would search for the saved info/passwords in the Personal Chrome file you have opened. The Cached files that are in the chrome folder would be dumped when you finished with your Personal Chrome session. I usually clean out all the cached files anyway because I like to see what a website has now not what it had.

    The up side to this also is that Google Chrome would get it's auto updates when it needs them and all the info I don't want anyone messing with is in my pocket.

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    Default Solution for slow Chrome Portable / Iron Portable

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyruscosmo View Post
    Yes and No Portable Chrome works ok but running the whole program from the thumb drive is soooooo very slow.
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    There's a command line option that might help you ... if you set –disk-cache-dir=%TEMP%\chromeCache, the cache will be in your local temp directory, which will very much speed up the whole thing - at least does for me, running Iron Portable from a slow SD card.

    The downside is, that you have to delete the cached files form the temp dir manually (or create a batch or AutoIt script to do it for you)

    (Iron is based on Chromium, too, but adds some security fixes and an ad blocker - google iron browser to find, as I'm not allowed to post URLs, yet)

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    Quote Originally Posted by axel668 View Post
    (Iron is based on Chromium, too, but adds some security fixes and an ad blocker - google iron browser to find, as I'm not allowed to post URLs, yet)
    Iron is based on Chromium but it is not made by Google, it is made by SRWare. You can find it here.

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    Fantastic idea! I don't know why they don't already have this in the browser.

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    Thank you Axel668 and Stamga for your replies. As I am not a programmer and know very little about what goes on behind the pretty windows I am stuck using Portable Chrome as is. I understand about redirecting where the cache files are kept but have no clue as to where to enter the information you suggested Axel.

    I will be staying with Google chrome because it's nice to have the browser updated when it needs to be. I just hope someone out there knows how to do what I am hoping for and maybe I will have a little Chrome in my pocket someday soon.

    Cyrus

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