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Source for vegetable-shaped flash drives?

I'm looking for reasonably priced, low capacity, vegetable-shaped flash drives to use for holiday gifts. They will store a small PDF e-book and about fifty small .doc files of my recipe collection. I've seen... [more inside]
posted by partner on Nov 12, 2013 - 10 answers

Which 32GB flash drive?

I need a recommendation for a 32GB USB 3.0 flash drive, please. [more inside]
posted by bluecore on May 21, 2013 - 5 answers

Mac: Mount ejected flash drive without reinserting

I have a nifty little USB thumbdrive that I want to use to make backups of various documents; it will live on the powered hub in my office, as I'll only need to use it in the office. It's something of a pain to unplug and re-insert every day, or every time I need to leave the desk with my laptop. After ejecting, the drive is no loger visible using diskutil on the command line, tho I can see it in the system profiler. Is there a way to have the system recognize the device and mount it whenever the Macbook wakes from sleep? I've got sleepwatcher installed, but I'm not certain how to get the system to recognize the USB device without unplugging it and plugging it back in. Shutting down and restarting the mac every time I want to leave my desk with it is not a viable option, either. I'm running 10.7.5 on a Core i7 15" MBP.
posted by Slap*Happy on May 20, 2013 - 10 answers

How can I easily make a self-contained slideshow?

I've been asked by my employer to make a flash drive containing a self-contained slideshow with music (that he can give to prospective clients) that is both elegant and easy to open. It needs to work on both Mac and PC. [more inside]
posted by ooklala on Jul 12, 2012 - 12 answers

A gift ever so slightly ahead of its time.

Our corporate gifts this year are kind of new and unique, but now I'm concerned that some of the recipients won't understand what they are or how they work. How can I best explain it in a short included message, without being off-putting to the ones who have seen them before and know exactly what they are? [more inside]
posted by mireille on Dec 15, 2011 - 18 answers

Retrieve data from a flaky flash drive?

The drive in F: is not formatted. LIES! [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Sep 2, 2011 - 10 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

Or failing that, a time portal to 2005 and $100 or so in appropriately dated bills...

Does anyone make a thumb drive that plays MP3s? [more inside]
posted by 256 on Nov 16, 2010 - 24 answers

Mac-bootable XP flash drive?

Leaving Friday for a monthlong stint out of town; how to maintain access to essential software on a different computer running a different OS? [more inside]
posted by alexandermatheson on Oct 26, 2010 - 7 answers

Flash drive gift for a college freshman

What useful things can I put on a USB flash drive for a high school senior on his way to college? [more inside]
posted by divisjm on Jun 9, 2010 - 19 answers

Why does my USB port now only work with one device?

My USB port works with my printer, but has stopped working for all other devices. [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on May 26, 2010 - 7 answers

How do I protect my flash drive from malware?

Can I use a flash drive to transfer files from university computer labs to my home computer without picking up nasty malware? I will often need to work on a number of 25-30 MB spreadsheets, both at home and in university computer labs, and I'm inclined to use a flash drive to transport the files. Because of download quotas, Dropbox might not work too well for me. Can I transport the files via flash drive while maintaining a reasonable level of security? If you use a flash drive on common use computers often, what's your method? Have you had security issues in the past? Thank you.
posted by surenoproblem on Apr 26, 2010 - 11 answers

Where can I get a good deal on USB drives?

Customized / personalized / promotional USB drives. Anyone know of a better price? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Feb 25, 2010 - 3 answers

Automated backup for USB flash drives?

Is there a way to automatically back up certain folders on my hard drive to a USB key every time a plug in that key? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Jun 16, 2009 - 10 answers

Recommendation for tiny flash drive for ReadyBoost?

What's a good, *tiny* flash drive for use as a dedicated ReadyBoost drive with my laptop? Tiny, as in similar to, say the Logitech VX Nano receiver
posted by arathorn on May 18, 2009 - 5 answers

Scanner with no computer

My office is looking for a scanner that doesn't need to be connected to a computer [more inside]
posted by mjcon on Apr 8, 2009 - 8 answers

Password safe exchange?

I want to build a flashdrive based password safe that my whole family can use. I have a good start I think, but I'd like some ideas for making it actually work. [more inside]
posted by y6y6y6 on Apr 6, 2009 - 9 answers

Why won't my PC read my SD card?

My PC can't read my SD card. What gives? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Mar 31, 2009 - 7 answers

Looking for suggestions for a good flash drive holder.

Help me find a good way to carry my flash (thumb) drive on my key chain. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Feb 9, 2009 - 9 answers

Help Me Secure my USB Drive

I have a shiny new 4 GB USB drive, and I want to secure the information on it (bank info, passwords, etc). What's the best (free) way to do this? [more inside]
posted by Irontom on Jan 8, 2009 - 10 answers

I love Vista, hate the way it handles flash drives. Obi-Wan, Help Me!

I love Vista, hate the way it handles flash drives. Obi-Wan, Help Me! I use a Vista laptop and an XP desktop for work. When I copy anything from the XP machine on my flash drive and use it on my Vista Laptop, it won't let me delete or re-save it after editing, saying the file is Read-Only. Even if I copy something to it from the Vista machine it always asks to confirm things. I know UAC is a pain in the neck but is there anyway around it's behaviour on flashdrives?
posted by damiano99 on Dec 18, 2008 - 6 answers

Like a key broken off in an ignition ...

What happens if a USB flash drive gets hit, really hard from the side, while it's plugged in? [more inside]
posted by coffeefilter on Dec 16, 2008 - 10 answers

Tinyxp on tiny media

I want Tinyxp Rev09 to to boot and install to a system's hard drive from a USB key, no CD's involved. How? [more inside]
posted by saysthis on Dec 9, 2008 - 2 answers

Is my flash drive dead?

Has my flash drive kicked the can? Windows Vista can't read it. [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on Sep 27, 2008 - 3 answers

Suggestions for making a Linux boot flashdrive

(Paging All Linux Masters) Suggestions for making a Linux boot flashdrive [more inside]
posted by coolguy#1 on Jul 27, 2008 - 6 answers

Self-powering a bus-powered USB device?

Anyone ever managed to power a USB flash drive independent of the bus-power? [more inside]
posted by britain on Feb 20, 2008 - 10 answers

Seeking a tiny, tiny flash drive.

The search for tiny, tiny flash drives. Does anyone manufacture one with a mini-b plug or similar? [more inside]
posted by tomble on Jun 3, 2007 - 13 answers

A portable option for transferring files from an audio recorder

I have an Olympus WS-100 Digital Recorder. I am looking for an alternative to lugging around a laptop just to transfer files off the recorder in order to make space for new recordings. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by doctorcurly on Feb 12, 2007 - 5 answers

What's on your Flash Drive?

What should I put on a USB Flash Drive? [more inside]
posted by jozxyqk on Dec 14, 2006 - 16 answers

Why can't I see my flash drive?

Why won't my USB flash drive show up? [more inside]
posted by univac on Dec 10, 2006 - 8 answers

how to open files without a trace?

Does windows xp create a log of attached usb drives and files opened on them? If so, can I subvert it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 11, 2006 - 8 answers

Is there a way to back up the songs on my iPod to a USB flash drive?

Is there a way to back up the songs on my iPod to a USB flash drive?
posted by zembla3 on Oct 18, 2006 - 5 answers

Lost my thumb drive cap.

I've lost the cap to my thumb drive. a) Does it matter? b) If so, where do I get a replacement? [more inside]
posted by DevilsAdvocate on Aug 4, 2006 - 13 answers

Memory gone in a flash?

My better half's MP3 flash drive says its full even though there's nothing on it. Please help. She hopes to have some tunes for a flight/train journey tomorrow. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by ClanvidHorse on May 25, 2006 - 10 answers

Automatic backup of my flash drive?

Can I set it up so that my flash drive automatically backs itself up onto my home computer when I plug it in? [more inside]
posted by goatdog on Apr 23, 2006 - 10 answers

usb flashdrive thingie naked

My spiffy little USB flashdrive thingy is coming apart, coming loose from its plastic casing. The metal parallelepiped inside is easier to slip into my wallet and looks cooler, IMO, but I'm wondering what sort of damage all the plastic protected it from. Question:┬┐will it harm my USB flashdrive thingy to go about naked in the world?
posted by signal on Apr 7, 2006 - 12 answers

How can I make a flash drive more secure?

How do I make a flash drive more secure? [more inside]
posted by tomble on Jan 19, 2006 - 18 answers

Offline Reader Software

Having had any chance of a steady internet connection from home lost for the time being, is there a kind of 2005-style offline reader software available that can download mail to a single file on a usb key, to load up and reply to at home outside of the time and money limits of a dingy internet cafe? [more inside]
posted by syscom on Jan 14, 2005 - 3 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

USB flash drive recommendations?

Trying to find an appropriate model of one of those little USB flash drives.. [more] [more inside]
posted by ac on Apr 22, 2004 - 7 answers

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