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What to do with a 1GB USB drive?

 12:46 am on Dec 27, 2013 (gmt 0)

Some kind soul gifted me a 1GB USB drive over the holidays. I'd never seen one that small (not in recent years at least...). I have uses for my larger drives, but what can one do with a 1GB USB keychain drive?



 1:07 am on Dec 27, 2013 (gmt 0)

Can you say "re-gift" ;-)


 3:32 am on Dec 27, 2013 (gmt 0)

just use it like you would anything else... i always keep a bunch floating around, i never throw them away until they die by read write.

Just tonight i had to network transfer a file because the only USB i had in reach was 2GB.......and USB2.0 is faster then the slow wifi card on the old computer.

troubleshooting tools...etc.. i have a bunch of technet tools on one..... small ones are fine for loading drivers on for a new machine install.....


 5:26 am on Dec 27, 2013 (gmt 0)

you've never had to transfer a file or files <1GB in size?
you could send a bunch of photos or a few hours of mp3 to a friend or family member...

brotherhood of LAN

 3:13 pm on Dec 27, 2013 (gmt 0)

It's good for ninja-installing Linux onto Windows boxes.


 7:01 am on Dec 28, 2013 (gmt 0)

Make it a Linux live USB. An installer, or a sysadmin/rescue distro (like GRML), or a lightweight distro so you can carry on working on a machine with a crashed hard drive, or carry the same environment across different hardware

You could also use it instead of a hard drive for a thin client or firewall distro. Old PC without hard drive + USB drive + software = firewall applicant or thin client


 12:15 am on Dec 29, 2013 (gmt 0)

Set it up as a Portable Apps USB to test websites in various older versions of Firefox they offer (all freeware).

I also have one that I've used to: exchange documents at meetings, move an email folder between machines, carry PDF files to print on a client's FAX machine (no printing on WiFi network connection), bring a few picture to print at a local photo kiosk, carry data into facilities that forbid laptops in the secured perimeter, etc.

Basically anywhere a 1gb CD could be used but a more compact form is needed/or desirable.


 5:36 pm on Dec 29, 2013 (gmt 0)

I use the small ones to take photos (JPEGs, PNGs, etc.)
into whatever photo print facility I want to use.

Too, I have putty installed on all of'em for use when I'm
forced to use a windows box to ssh to my VPS FreeBSD machine.


 7:25 pm on Dec 29, 2013 (gmt 0)

Why not put it into a block of resin and have something nice to put onto your desk. I did this with the Chips from my Memory upgrade for my TRS 80 (64 KB total Memory) and nowadays People cannot believe that we programmed full applications into Memory 1/20 the size of what the average digital photo Needs.


 11:51 am on Dec 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

These smaller drives are ideal as recovery drives. I have at least two of them dedicated to antivirus/antispyware toolsets.

I have at least two of them with backup recovery tools.

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