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.