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A case mod for a Flash Drive made with a heatsink.
 
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Step 1: Find Parts

You will need:

Flash Drive I used a PNY attache (256 - yeah, it that old (2yrs))
A metal case I used a heatsink form a dimmer, but anything should work (golo e115041 sc237)
Keychain Flashdrive -keys= external hard drive I'd reccomend something, but it's not critical
Nails I used a strip of brads for an air nailer, but anything will work
Glue Super glue (loctite gel) and plastic cement (testors -for models)

Tools:
Drill For attaching keychain and a hole for the light (I was lucky and didn't need a hole for the light)
Pliers
File Sharp corners, etc
Hacksaw blade you can use a file instead
Leaterman Do I even need a reason?! /Just cuz
A Brain Don't cut yourself, ruin your computer, etc IF YOU DO IT"S NOT MY FAULT

Step 3: Put in drive

Depending on your drive you might want to wrap it in tape to prevent it shorting on the metal case (you can also use plastidrip spray). Slide the drive in the slots you cut earlier use lots of glue to hold it in place or it will break like it did the first time I did this. If it needs it glue a space on to of the drive. Break the strip of brads to the right width (I score the glue on both sides with the knofe and snap it) and glue it on top. Use a generous amount so it doesn't break. Remember that if you are anything like me you will carry this in your pocket evey day for a couple of years, so it needs every drop of glue it can get. Let it dry over night before carrying it.
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thoraxe5 years ago
hey where do you get that ring from? i only have one of those
You can get ring clips like this from quarter toy machines, or crafts stores like Micheal's is the US.
LinuxH4x0r (author)  thoraxe5 years ago
I don't remember. It was a long time ago
GTAman21755 years ago
Wasn't there an instructable on this already?
LinuxH4x0r (author)  GTAman21755 years ago
Look at the date
dimmer switch...I think he is talking about one of those "slider switches" for your house. They dim the lights when you slid it up and down...but I'm probably wrong.
fatman9995 years ago
your soldering SK1Lz are l33t and so is this flash drive
LinuxH4x0r (author)  fatman9995 years ago
Thanks!
what is a dimmer switch
That is a pretty sweet idea! Where was this heatsink form? that's the only part i was confused from.
LinuxH4x0r (author)  Guardian_Rayovac5 years ago
Thanks! It was part of a dimmer switch
santa8446 years ago
where did you get the heatsink from?
LinuxH4x0r (author)  santa8446 years ago
It was on a dimmer for a light
I like this Instructable. And your SOLDERING SKILZ. +5/5 stars.
LinuxH4x0r (author)  GorillazMiko6 years ago
Thanks!
it might be more shock-proof if you seal it in silicone. Also, could you drill a hole in the heat sink for the little flashy LED on the drive? I like this a lot! If I pull out the money to get myself another flash drive to hack up, I'll definitley do this!
LinuxH4x0r (author)  Radioactive_Legos6 years ago
Actually the hole in it lines up with the original led on the drive. Post pictures when you finish it. Thanks!
Transquesta6 years ago
I like this one a lot. It has a kind of 60's-ish spy movie look. I can almost hear the theme from Mission Impossible. :-)
LinuxH4x0r (author)  Transquesta6 years ago
Thanks! I'm doing to rebuild this soon because the plug broke. Hopefully I'll put some pics up soon
maxtop6 years ago
usbflashdriveswow.it is cool.i like the light and metail usb flash drives.
LinuxH4x0r (author)  maxtop6 years ago
Thanks! the ones in the link look so polished and flimsy. This one's case hass a full 2mm (1/16") of metal going all around it
very nice!
LinuxH4x0r (author)  FreshPineSent6 years ago
cotton6 years ago
ok but when you do can you make my last comment if you do it into a instructable
LinuxH4x0r (author)  cotton6 years ago
I will if i get the parts for it. Right now I am planning on making a wood enclosure for my external hard drive or maybe just another flash drive.
cotton6 years ago
you should do it with a 16 gb compact flash card and adapter and then add a usb jack to the adapter if it dosent have one and add the metlcase so it is sort of a square case ok
LinuxH4x0r (author)  cotton6 years ago
Good Idea. I'll do that when I get one. Thanks for the comment.
ultrauber6 years ago
wow, you've got a shnazzy computer. I like all the lights
LinuxH4x0r (author)  ultrauber6 years ago
Thanks! Thats just the hub. The actual computer glows red.
clean. alvincredible<3 this instructable
LinuxH4x0r (author)  alvincredible6 years ago
Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it. I'd love to see pictures of any of your flash drive mods. I hope to make a new one for my 1g flash drive that just broke a few weeks ago.
wiangube6 years ago
Is it possible to 'transform' a normal USB flash drive in this heatsink?

I bought the SanDisk 256MB Cruzer Freedom in here:

http://www.compuplus.com/ps-products-comboid-417~.html

but would like to know if I can make it safer.
LinuxH4x0r (author)  wiangube6 years ago
sure, why not. All you need to do is pry off the case and encase the board in something (I heard somewhere plasti-drip (?) is ideal). Then just find a good case. If you don't want to open it you could always just make a case that slides (or glues) over the original case. Good luck
Rob2_06 years ago
this is extremely convinient for me my 4 gig PNY just broke ( apparent ly most rectangular drive tend to break like that) any one notice how the PCB is glued like at an angle from the usb plug. very good stuff though will do tonight thnks
Sirdizarm6 years ago
Nice! I´ll do one myself :D
SimoMies7 years ago
Very nice indeed! Damnit, mine kingstons 2gb flash drive casing got broken and I made a new one from RS-232 connector, but I forgot to take any pics! And I epoxied it into one piece. Damnit.
marc927 years ago
i think that instructables should have a flash drive contest since there is so many of them
Brennn107 years ago
I like this! I have a broken flash drive case, so I need every idea to make a sweeter one! This one is on my list.
LinuxH4x0r (author) 7 years ago
Thanks, any ideas for improvement or modifications? Killerjackalope suggested one encased in a heat sink, but I'm in New Mexico, and all my stuff is in Minnesota :( .
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