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How to make a useful USB thumb drive that won't get dumped like TMFA

I have about 100 brand new very high quality USB drives (between 8gb and 256GB...most of them are the larger end). What can I do with them? I bought them thinking they were going to fail, and I was going to go through them. But I found out that high quality shit doesn't fail within 6 mos. [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Dec 14, 2014 - 10 answers

Building a self destructing USB drive

Today's world demands high security devices, like an aggressively self-destructing USB drive. I would like advice on the possibility of creating such a thing if one wouldn't mind offering wisdom. [more inside]
posted by fieldcannotbeblank on May 22, 2014 - 17 answers

Alternatives to thumb drives

Hard drives always fail on me. I need usb/flash/thumb drive alternatives that are not online-based. [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Mar 5, 2014 - 17 answers

Password Protect Flash Drive

Is there a free downloadable mac program to password protect my entire usb flash drive? I've already tried TrueCrypt and using a .dmg with Disk Utility.
posted by CarlyH on Oct 30, 2012 - 5 answers

Does it make any difference what kind of hard drive I buy to put in an external USB 2.0 enclosure in terms of transfer speed?

Does it make any difference what kind of hard drive I buy to put in an external USB 2.0 enclosure in terms of transfer speed? [more inside]
posted by GuyZero on Oct 17, 2011 - 4 answers

external usb drive suddenly slow. recovery approaches?

my external hard drive is suddenly really slow. I'm pretty anxious. What now? [more inside]
posted by the mad poster! on Sep 29, 2011 - 9 answers

Looking for a Service to duplicate and ship 100+ 500GB USB drives a month

Looking for a Service to duplicate and ship 100+ 500GB USB drives a month [more inside]
posted by bottlebrushtree on Sep 12, 2011 - 5 answers

She blinded me...with thinness!

Can I use a thumbdrive to be my macbook air's only hard drive? [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on May 3, 2011 - 7 answers

Where can I find cheap bulk 256mb usb drives?

Where can I get a pack of four or five 256/512 mb usb flash drives to be used as give-aways? [more inside]
posted by robobrent on Apr 13, 2011 - 19 answers

Seeking bulk USB thumb drives.

Trying to find cheap bulk USB thumb drives. [more inside]
posted by jcdill on Sep 5, 2010 - 12 answers

Bootable Ubuntu Flash drive

Booting Ubuntu from a USB flash drive [more inside]
posted by Scoops on Aug 16, 2010 - 9 answers

USB Thumb Drive as MP3 Player?

Hello! I'm looking for a simple solution to turn my 64GB USB Thumb Drive into a portable MP3 player. Nothing fancy, simple display, controls, and small screen. I have Microsoft Sync in my new car, and a laptop that I travel with. Seems like it would be easy to keep all my mp3s on one thumb drive and take it with me rather than having multiple copies floating about on all devices. There used to be an old Lexar & I believe a Sandisk product that allowed for this. Anyone aware of anything more recent or that supports all 64GB? Thank you in advance. PS. My USB drive is not one of those fancy encrypted ones, so it works in every device I've tried it in.
posted by hussmanne on Jun 22, 2010 - 5 answers

How do I connect a USB header device?

How do I hook up an internal card reader with USB header connection, when I don't have a USB header connection on my motherboard? [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo on Feb 8, 2010 - 10 answers

Ideas for multi hard drive block

Ideas for harddrive enclosure with multiple connector types? [more inside]
posted by daveyt on Jan 29, 2010 - 7 answers

A million tiny pieces, on a USB drive.

Transferring lots of files quickly to USB sticks? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Dec 3, 2009 - 26 answers

Dual-Bay SATA Enclosures

Dual-bay SATA Enclosures! Which ones let me copy from one drive to the other on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Nov 28, 2009 - 3 answers

Are there any hard drive enclosures for 3.5" form HDs that can be powered off a USB port alone?

Are there any hard drive enclosures for 3.5" form HDs that can be powered off a USB port alone? (ie, without additional AC plug) [more inside]
posted by chefscotticus on Oct 17, 2009 - 9 answers

How do I set up a computer to automatically copy files to any flash drive when it is plugged into the USB port?

How do I set up a computer to automatically copy files to any flash drive when it is plugged into the USB port? [more inside]
posted by dcams on Apr 29, 2009 - 5 answers

I'm quaking in my thumb drive

How can I install firefox and Quakelive on a thumbdrive to play at work? [more inside]
posted by tylerfulltilt on Feb 27, 2009 - 17 answers

How do I stop windows from taking over my portable hard drive

I have a portable usb hard drive that I use for keeping all my documents / backups on. Windows seems to love using this drive for everything, for example I am installing IE7 from windows update, and it is using the drive to hold all the temporary files during the install. Because of this the drive is always in use and I can never eject it. [more inside]
posted by Syntoad on Feb 17, 2009 - 5 answers

USB Drives disappear from AirPort Extreme

I have an AirPort Extreme with a printer and two external hard drives connected via a USB hub. Quite frequently one or more of these USB devices won't appear in the AirPort Utility and I can't access them. Rebooting sometimes helps. Where does the problem lie? [more inside]
posted by krunk on Jan 29, 2009 - 10 answers

Linux Guru/ Partition Magician Needed

So i partitioned my pocket 320gig USB drive and installed the lastest ubuntu. My intent was to use it like a live CD to virus scan windows XP worksations (to avoid imaging). Odd thing though, I can not access any data on this drive when running WinXP. in windows, it tells me that the drive isn't formatted. I checked the drive and see the Ubuntu partition, the original partition and a small 1gig partition I assume was created during the Ubuntu install. Grub loads when I restart the machine and boot from USB and Ubuntu runs fine. Is my data irrevocably lost? I was thinking of deleting the MBR, but I figure that'd just make the drive useless. ideas?
posted by Davaal on Jan 4, 2009 - 14 answers

Which USB Mass Storage Device is which?

How can I change the generic name "USB Mass Storage Device" in my Vista system tray "Safely Remove Hardware" dialog? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on Dec 30, 2008 - 6 answers

Best way to dispose of a USB flash drive?

What's the best way to dispose of a USB flash drive? [more inside]
posted by brandman on Oct 2, 2008 - 14 answers

How many hard drives does it take, before WinXP can see them?

External hard showing "weird". Better known as, sharing an external/portable hard drive between osx and winxp. [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on Jun 23, 2008 - 10 answers

What is the highest memory capacity of USB flash drive available in the market?

What is the highest memory storage capacity for USB portable Flash drive in the market right now? [more inside]
posted by omaralarifi on Jun 18, 2008 - 4 answers

Save my data before the disk asplode

My external hard-drive's on the fritz. What can I do to make sure I get all my data off it before it goes? [more inside]
posted by djgh on Jun 3, 2008 - 5 answers

My dell hates me!

I have a Dell Inspiron 600m that has a weird problem: USB flash drives aren't detected at all, but other usb devices (i.e. external usb harddrives) work perfectly fine. Clean install of Windows with updated drivers does not fix this problem. My google-fu apparently isn't sophisticated enough to dig up a solution. Ideas?
posted by jytsai on May 30, 2008 - 6 answers

FAT3000?

I think I'm finally switching to Ubuntu on my main machine. I have two 160GB external drives, currently both with NTFS, currently mirrored (by software, not a RAID). With what and how should I format/use these guys? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Mar 14, 2008 - 8 answers

Help creating an autorun file for external drive

I have a big external USB hard drive with three partitions for infrequently used files and backup. I was wondering what kind of file to make to have it automatically open a folder showing the drive when I power on the device and not ask me what I'd like to do with each of the other drives. [more inside]
posted by royalchinook on Feb 21, 2008 - 7 answers

What's the best portable and self-contained PIM (Personal Information Manager) I can run on my USB stick / thumb drive?

I need to find a way to keep all of my various bits of information handy in one application on my USB drive - things like notes, to-do lists, addresses and project information - and would be very grateful for any recommendations or help you can give me :) ! I'm happy to pay for the right software so paid or free options would both be great. What I'm looking for is something that is... - Self contained: must run on, or from, the USB stick and not* require a webserver or apache to work (browser-based apps are fine if they meet this criteria) - Easy to use - Secure (a login would be ideal) - Searchable - Has checklists for my to-do items - Has the ability to write freeform text for project info / notes Do you know of a portable PIM or similar application that would fit the bill? A huge thank you in advance for taking the time to help me out :)! * Web servers, wiki's and Wordpress (so many w's!) are out of the question sadly since my work computer is in serious IT lockdown and I can't even change the apache port.
posted by katala on Jan 24, 2008 - 12 answers

Syncing up 2 USB Hdd on a Mac and Font converting software (PC to Mac)

Syncing up 2 USB Hdd on a Mac and Font converting software (PC to Mac) [more inside]
posted by spinko on Nov 27, 2007 - 4 answers

Sturdiest USB drive?

Please recommend the sturdiest USB drive around. Assume that I am rougher on these things than Bigfoot. [more inside]
posted by portabella on Nov 4, 2007 - 9 answers

I did something dumb, have I screwed up my USB key / flash drive??

I did something dumb, have I screwed up my USB key / flash drive?? [more inside]
posted by katala on Oct 20, 2007 - 9 answers

Recommendations for 'No Install' CD recovery software for a thumb drive?

Recommendations for 'No Install' CD recovery software for a thumb drive? [more inside]
posted by whatisish on Oct 17, 2007 - 3 answers

External Hard drive USB device not recognized

External Hard drive USB device not recognized, how do I fix? [more inside]
posted by complience on May 26, 2007 - 9 answers

Thumb Drive Life Cycle

Thumb Drive Life Cycle [more inside]
posted by KRS on May 24, 2007 - 2 answers

usb vs external drive from mac to pc

Why can I use a usb drive interchangeably between my Mac and PC, but not an external drive? [more inside]
posted by horsemuth on Jan 11, 2007 - 8 answers

How to stop XP automatic search when drive is plugged in?

How do I stop windows from automatically searching for media when a new drive is plugged in? (Minor annoyance.) [more inside]
posted by univac on Nov 29, 2006 - 3 answers

Usb drive - now what?

Just received a 2gb usb drive as a gift -what do I put on it and what do I use it for - transferring shite between work and home is not a concern.
posted by philad on Oct 7, 2006 - 18 answers

Linux boot from USB HD?

LinuxN00bFilter: Linux and/or dual boot from external USB HD (not pen/flash drive, but a real hard drive) -- how? [more inside]
posted by treepour on Oct 1, 2006 - 5 answers

Are All Drive Enclosures Basically The Same?

Hello, Hive Mind. I'm about to buy a Mac Mini for my space-cramped office. However, I want to be able to use my two old IDE drives. So, what kind of enclosure should I buy? Are they all essentially the same? Should I go for USB or Firewire?
posted by optimuscrime on Jul 30, 2006 - 15 answers

usb drive in ethernet = damage?

So, I accidentally stuck my usb pen drive into my ethernet socket. Now it doesn't seem to be working, is it likely that the USB drive has damaged it?
posted by MrC on Jul 12, 2006 - 11 answers

How to get computer to recognize USB thumb drive

What can I do to get my computer to recognize my USB thumb drive? [more inside]
posted by bison on Jun 9, 2006 - 7 answers

Where can I get customized thumb drives cheap?

Where is the cheapest place to get about 1000, 256mb USB thumb drives imprinted (not just a sticker) with my company logo made?
posted by banished on Apr 10, 2006 - 4 answers

Changing Drive Assmt for USB CF Reader?

Changing drive letters in Windows 2000 [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold on Jan 28, 2006 - 6 answers

My USB drive went through the wash!

Someone who shall remain nameless put my Sandisk Cruzer Mini USB drive through the washer. It's one of the groovy ones with rubberised slipcases, and it's still working. What are these things made of? Will it rust? [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave on Jan 16, 2006 - 12 answers

Broken HD

My external USB Hard Drive is freezing my PC! [more inside]
posted by Kiwi on Jan 12, 2006 - 4 answers

USB Drive

So I just got a 512MB USB key drive as an early christmas present, and I'm looking for interesting things to put on it (other than, you know, files). I know about Portable Firefox and Portable Thunderbird, but is there anything else I should check out?
posted by kaefer on Dec 24, 2004 - 11 answers

External USB Hard Drive FAT32 corruption via Mac OS 9!

External USB Hard Drive FAT32 corruption via Mac OS 9! Help me Obi-Wan Kenobe! (More inside) [more inside]
posted by loquacious on Dec 21, 2004 - 1 answer

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