Introduction: USB Drive 35mm Film Mod

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What is this? A regular old roll of film you say?
I'm sorry, but no this is actually a USB Drive.


If there are any parts of this instructable
that is a bit unclear and mistakes that I
made please help me by pointing them
out so I could fix them as soon as I get
to them, thank you.

Step 1: Gather Your Materials and Tools

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-Flathead Screwdriver (or if you have a bottle opener use that)
-A couple of old rolls of films
-A pair of Pliers
-A USB Drive of course (I used a [ sandisk cruzer] like this but a 512mb one)

Step 2: Pop Off the Top and Bottom

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I used a screwdriver to pop off the top
of the roll of film that you won't be using
as the usb case, but I'm sure you guys
have a better tool to use for this step.

And now pop off the bottom of the roll
that you will be using as the case.

Step 3: Drive Window

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And now you just have to make the
hole wide enough for the flash drive
male connector to stick out of.

Step 4: Roll the Film

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Now you have four pieces.
First you take off the key ring
off of the drive so you can
have it stick out of the end of
drive once you reattach it.

Secondly unravel the the film
and rip it out or cut it off of the
reel, finally just wrap the film
around the drive and put it
into the film cartridge.

Step 5: Finally Complete the Drive

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First of all you put the cap on the
bottom back on this part is a tad
tricky but usually it gets right on
there if you push the sides close
together to make the circle shape
it will be easier.

And now you just put the key ring
back on and you're all set with your
film drive haha enjoy.


Alight123 (author)2015-10-07

Sorry if i sound stupid but is this just a case for the usb basically? You cant actually put it in the camera

Bernard Bael (author)Alight1232015-10-07

Yes its a case it wont convert yourfilm camera to digital, hehe.

Holcan (author)2010-07-22

How u popped the head off the cartridge, i just cant! D:

Holcan (author)2010-07-18

U didnt Crack the case of the Usb? :O

Bernard Bael (author)Holcan2010-07-18

not at all, it fit just fine

Bernard Bael (author)2010-07-15


hixair (author)2009-08-26

I should have searched on instructables before i did mine!
I had quite the same idea here :

stephenniall (author)2009-06-29

awesome I was at a vintage show down here in the uk (me and my dad show stationary engines) and i bought like 10 rolls of film For 10p each (about $1.50)

ultrauber (author)2008-06-10

I thought about doing this, but I didn't want to sacrifice a roll of film... I don't know why, considering I have digital now.

rediculosis (author)ultrauber2008-08-17

I know how you feel haha. I hate wasting a roll of film like the next person, so I shopped around for film that's cheap enough for me to consider wasting. I found a two pack of 12-exp ISO 100 at a dollar store, and considering I don't do well with ISO lower than 400, I ended up using it. My USB looks so cool now :D

NachoMahma (author)2008-06-06

. OK! I've got two rolls of film (the develop before date on one is 02/2001 - it's been a while since I used a film camera. heehee) warming up and it looks like my Kingston DataTraveler will be a good fit. Cross your fingers for me.
. BTW, good exposure on your pics, but the focus and motion blur are pretty bad. :(

Bernard Bael (author)NachoMahma2008-06-06

Yeah I know, I need to retake 'em later, my brother was being a bother xD Yep good luck :D I wanna see how yours turns out :]

NachoMahma (author)Bernard Bael2008-06-08

. I've got it done up to the "just wrap the film around the drive and put it into the film cartridge" part. I'm going to have to trim some film off to make it all fit back together.

NachoMahma (author)NachoMahma2008-06-10

. Finished!. Had to trim 5-6" of film, but the USB drive I used (some SanDisk unit - I'm not going to tear it apart to find out the model) fit nicely. A little bit of slack end-to-end, but not too bad.

Bernard Bael (author)NachoMahma2008-06-12

nice :D got any pictures of it? :]

NachoMahma (author)Bernard Bael2008-06-13

. I have one of the crappiest cameras around. Doesn't even have macro. I'll see if one of the neighbors has a decent camera.

michaelk42 (author)2008-06-06

Use a bottle cap opener to pop the end off (work your way around slowly to avoid bending the end cap). Much easier than a screwdriver. We used to do this all the time when we couldn't afford re-load cartridges for bulk-loading film.

Bernard Bael (author)michaelk422008-06-12

yep I was looking for one around, but didn't have one at hand sadly lol, I edited it to say that the screwdriver is interchangeable with the bottle opener, so thanks mate.

TTLKurtis (author)2008-06-10

Nicely done... I'd had this idea before I thought of modding an Enter key, but I didn't have a flash drive small enough at the time. Do you find the size to be annoying on the film canister? That's one of the reasons I chose the Enter key as well so that I could use it on a laptop with both USB ports in use next to one another without blocking one.

Bernard Bael (author)TTLKurtis2008-06-12

it works just fine for me actually lol, cause usually I'm on PCs or Macs that have either usb extension cords or usb ports on the front or side so it works out for me :]

Mr. Rig It (author)2008-06-06

Hmm... ironic you can keep digital pictures on your film drive. Nice irony.

okoshima (author)2008-06-06

full score... i love it

CameronSS (author)2008-06-06

Added to Kiteman's group.

Cool! Glad you decided to post!

Sunbanks (author)2008-06-06

THis is a great idea! I never thought of using film for a flash drive. Now I know what to do with all that old film!

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