Introduction: Altoids USB Thumb Drive

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I was thinking of stuff to make and I noticed my thumbdrive sitting on my desk. I was thinking.. "I should make something to make that cooler!" I was looking for something to put it in when i noticed an altoids sour tin that I had sitting in my drawer that used to be an Altoids Clock.(Note the hole in the middle of the tin)
You can use any altoids tin, I just had this one laying around. When I get one, I think I am going to put it into an Altoids Gum tin, which is smaller. Anyways.. I was thinking "wait why would i put my thumbdrive into an altoids tin?" Then I said... "wait, why WOULDNT I put my thumbdrive into an altoids tin? So here it is. Please let me know if you like the instructable! :D Its my second one. Btw, Have fun with your pimped thumbdrive! IF YOU LIKE THIS INSTRUCTABLE PLEASE DIG IT!

FYI It might be cooler if you have an altoids gum tin instead of sours...

Step 1: Gather Materials

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This quick project needs little materials and tools.

Altoids Tin of your choice x1
Thumbdrive x1
Duck Tape x1
Pen/Sharpie x1
Lanyard (optional) x1
Awl (or something to cut the hole with)

Time: 15 mins or so.

Step 2: Planning

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Put the USB part up to the altoids tin and trace the general shape of it with your sharpie/pen. Look at the pic.

*note* The flash from my camera made the tracing kinda hard to see....

Step 3: Making the Hole

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Use your awl or other cutting utensil to remove the area in the line you traced. Basically your making the hole that the USB part is gunna stick out and plug into the USB port. I used an awl for mine.. Look at pic to see what I mean. If the USB part doesnt fit, just kinda try and make it a lil bigger and then put it in.. Its just trial and error. Second Pic shows the drive in place.

Step 4: Securing the Drive

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Once the USB part is sticking through the hole, postion it so that the drive itself is flat, and that most of the USB part is sticking through the hole. Get to strips of duck tape a lil longer than the altoids tin, but make each strip skinny. look at pic for refrence. Basically you dont want the drive to move once its secured. Put the lid on and your done!

Pat yourself on the back, you did it! Now you have one sweet thumbrive! (no pun intendid)

Step 5: Lanyard (optional)

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I poked one hole on the bottom of the altoids tin at the very back, and another hole rite above it on the side of tin.. Hard to explain. Just look at pic.. Sorry its so fuzzy... Once you get holes just well... you know what to do. Thread the lanyard in etc..

When your done it should look like the second pic.

YAY! Your done!


brettboy01 (author)2010-09-03

i got an amazing deal 16gb flash drive £5 from ebay. its a sandisk cruzer with u3

technogal (author)2009-06-12

raykholo (author)2008-11-30

!!! 8 gb flash drive from staples only $16 --- (black friday) !!!!!!

Bartboy (author)raykholo2009-04-28

8 gb one for 10 bucks at future shop.

raykholo (author)Bartboy2009-04-29

hey staples and prices like that there beat almost anything anywhere else plus u can go a lot cheaper if u buy from china..

Choose a Username (author)2007-03-18

wait so the hole at the top of yours is just I dont need to put one or is it used for something?

Ya its just a random hole, you dont need it for anything.

Bartboy (author)Themanmatt132009-04-28

Random? May I ask?.... I know this is a late comment.

SSuperSSoldier (author)2007-08-05

hah i got a 2gig one for... i think it was $15 at walmart

in the newspaper a couple days ago, there was a 4gb Emprex flash drive for $19

Bartboy (author)de-evolution2009-04-28

Ouch! They have come so far down in price since then....

bobhill125 (author)2009-01-02

2 gig one for 10 bucks at office max

Bartboy (author)bobhill1252009-04-28

8 gb one for 10 bucks at future shop.

damntourists (author)2008-04-06

sorry, but that thing looks worse than it did originally. at least use a dremel on the can so it's not all bent and ugly.

sweavo (author)2008-01-23

looks like fun! maybe you could integrate other features in the spare space inside the tin, like a recoil cord or a tape measure or an LED torch... it would be like a batman utility can!

03CR250 (author)2007-12-14

Good design but kind of pointless unless your into novelty.

Doctor What (author)2007-11-12

by the way, use hotglue. it doesn't hurt the device, and it gives a good, solid hold, so it doesn't slide out.

Doctor What (author)2007-11-12

if you get one of the strips cases, and a firefly, you will have a much smaller one to work with.

That Hurt This Time (author)2007-03-10

I made this and at school I was going to plug it in and the teacher said it was stupid to have this in such a big case, saying "that it takes up too much space... I dont know why you would do it." so she made me rip it out and throw the tin away. Now its just a boring usb port.

tell her straight thats illegal anyway

what a bitch.

lol, put it in a altoids gum tin, or the small mint tins... thats smaller. also tell your teacher to jump off a cliff, she has no right to have you throw away your possession!! Lol... IF you tell her this I am not held responsible for any consquences :D//

blackbird451 (author)2007-03-01

I have essentially done the same thing with an 'Altoids Smalls' case which is actually smaller than the gum case.
Four pencil erasers keep the circuit board from moving around. The reason the circuit board is so wide is because its an mp3 player but the mp3 side is broken and the data storage side is still fully functional.

andresm (author)2007-02-23

mmm, its a good idea... but kinda messy, and un organized but, great instuctable!

Jack Daniels (author)2007-02-16

beat me too this only mine was with the small altoids can

:D Once i get the altoids gum tin (smallest one) i am gunna change it to that and sow how to make that one instead... For now this will do....

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