This is my first instructable and I've decided to make a new gadget with ALTOIDS can. This one is a COMBO USB drive, that you can group all your old flash drives into a one, original and custom shape drive. Enjoy and comment please!
Yet, I am brazilian, so sorry about English language mistakes, ok? :)
Step 1: What you need
- Old Flash Drives (4 is a good amount)
- Empty ALTOIDS can
- Old mouse pad
- Hot Silicone Glue
Step 2: Marking and Cutting
Mark the exact size of an USB por of your USB flash drives on the top side of the ALTOIDS can. Use a sharp pencil to mark EXACTLY the size of the port. DO NOT CUT MORE THAN NECESSARY or you cannot glue the flash drive after, ok?
Cut with DREMEL windows for all your flash drives you want to use.
Step 3: ELETRIC ISOLATION
Use an old mouse pad to cover the internal metal bottom of the can. It is a necessary step in order to make internal eletric isolation and avoid chocking hazard and hardware destruction. Place the rubber side of the mouse pad upwards.
Step 4: Glue flash drives
Now, all you need to do is place each flash drive inside each window and glue it with hot silicone glue. DO NOT USE EPOXI or other fixing materials in order to avoid hardware damage. Use a generous dose of glue to make it very solid!
Step 5: Final details
In thesis, your COMBO Drive is ready to use, but you need an extension USB cable to connect it on PC. Use a small cable in order to keep it inside the ALTOIDS can.
Step 6: DONE!
Your ALTOIDS COMBO USB DRIVE is done and ready to keep all your data. You have now an original flash drive and with lots of space! The size in GB of your combo drive depends of how many space are on your flash drives. Enjoy!