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I saw a broken USB cable that was really a flash drive for sale on Thinkgeek.com, and I thought, hay, I can make that! So I did, and here's how you do it.
 
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Step 1: Things you will need.

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Well, its little obvious, you need a crappy flash drive that you don't care about, and a broken USB cable. You also need a dremel or cutter thingy of some kind, and some hot glue. Here is a list if you didn't catch that.
1 crappy flash drive
1 USB cable
1 Dremel or cutter thingy
1 Hot glue gun
Hot glue


Ok! Lets get started!

Step 2: The USB cable

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This step is really easy, all you have to do it cut the Cable to the length that you want it at. After you do that, strip the wire, you don't really have to have a wire stripper, but it's damn helpful. After you strip the wire, you will see that the inner wires are covered in a sort of tin mesh. Just peal this off and cut it, then spread out the wires to look all nice.

Step 3: Cut open the USB cable

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This is a very easy step, just cut open the head of the usb cable, and then cut the actual connecter off. The last thing to do is to hot glue the cable in the inside of the hallow head.

Step 4: Open the flash drive

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Well, this step varies in hardness (I think that's a word) depending on the type of flash drive you have. Mine was really easy, I just took my cutty thingy (saw) and cut it open.
WARNING: DO NOT USE SAW TO CUT OPEN FLASH DRIVE, I WAS BEING STUIPD (but what works works...)
Note: Be sure to plug it into your computer after you have taken it out to test that it still works!

Step 5: Stick this in that

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Almost done! Now you just have to stick the flash drive into the hallow USB head. Sounds easy, but it's not. It took a fair bit of cutting with my dremal before it would fit. I also used a fair amount of hot glue to keep in in the head.
girrrrrrr25 years ago
ok i did the same basic thing but i used a 4 gig corsair mini... and now it wont work.... i did teh same basic stuff... but any thing i can do to fix it?
flaresam (author)  girrrrrrr25 years ago
How did you open the flash drive?
well i took it apart very carefully piece by piece until i was left with a piece that looks like yours... and epoxied it in to the end and then it said sky midi...
sky midi?

how soon after you epoxied it did you try it? the epoxy might've been conductive and fried ur flash drive if you did it while it was wet
tweetspie4 years ago
Maybe you were looking for the work "difficulty" instead of "hardness"?
My god! I honestly was thinking about posting an instructable for this as soon as i saw that on thinkgeek. Every idea i have for an 'ible is always taken by someone a week or so before i actually do it. Great job though. +5.
i have that problem too 
flaresam (author)  Gamer9175 years ago
It's ok, i'm thinking of making an 'ible on how to make a mind shank shield so people can't steal your ideas.
flaresam (author)  tubbychick3n5 years ago
Thanks! I did this the day I saw it because I knew that someone else would do it soon.
L33ter5 years ago
sweet. I was gonna buy the one on thinkgeek, but i guess i can just do this.
Kiteman5 years ago
Nice work (I believe the original idea was first shown on Evil Mad Scientist.
flaresam (author)  Kiteman5 years ago
Thanks! Yes, but it was not only on EMS, it has been around on the Internet for so long and no one has made a how to, so I decided to! I'm using it right now at school!
darater5 years ago
nice job bro.
flaresam (author)  darater5 years ago
thanks!