Introduction: Mini USB Drive Mod: Keys

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This is a mod that will give you a sweet little USB drive up to 4 gigabytes! Also, this is really small. Have fun and hope you like it!
EDIT: The USB drive will still work and hold memory after you are done. There is no reason to cut of the circuit board; it would be almost impossible to do that with the USB drive you will need for this project!
Please, comment and criticize.

Step 1: Get the Supplies!

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You will need to buy some stuff to make this USB mod because the original USB drive must be TINY.
You will need:
Kingston Data Traveler mini fun ($13 to $30) from
A old laptop keyboard or some keys.
Tape. Optional if you (Like Me) do not want to make this permanent.
Xacto knife. Maybe a screwdriver (not philips head) or other prying tool would work.
That is All!

Step 2: Take Off Casing

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You will need to take the casing off the usb drive. Dont worry, its pretty easy. Just pry it apart with the Xacto knife. Behold: A really teeny USB drive!

Step 3: Trim and Cut Keys

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Take the keys from the old laptop keyboard. If you are having trouble getting a keyboard, do what I did: Ask the computer admins at your school. The one I talked to, Jack, was happy to give me a keyboard, with one key missing, that cost about $200 to replace!
Now, to work. Cut out all the attaching crud off the back of the key, then trim one end to fit the USB drive.
repeat on other key.

Step 4: Protection

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If you (Like me) do not want to make this permanent, then wrap some duct tape around the part of the drive that will be covered.

Step 5: Glue!

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Pretty simple: just glue on the keys from the laptop keyboard one at a time and wait for the glue to dry.

Step 6: Sand

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You will want to sand the glued drive to make everything smooth.

Step 7: Optional: Filling in the Holes

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You might have noticed that the sides look wierd, because they are not filled in. I got annoyed by that, so I used some hot glue to fix it. Here is how:
Squirt some hot glue into the sides, and keep it pretty even, with no bubbles.
Now, run the hot tip of the hot glue gun, smoothing out the side with the side of the tip.
Now you can color it with black paint or a sharpie.

Step 8: Show It Off!

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Here are some finished pics.

Step 9: Have Fun!

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Have some fun using your new drive! Be Proud!
You can take screen shots by pressing print Screen (prntscrn or prt sc).
Also download wisdom-soft screenhunter (free version) for better screenshots.
See how many Firefox windows you can open!
use iTunes!
Try out Firefox 3 beta 5. The BEST browser!
Play games.
And finally, show off your new USB Drive to all your friends and teachers.
Yes, i stopped uploading screen shots of Firefox-opening, just scroll down to the comments section to see them. I will post the record (that I know of).


ultrauber (author)2008-04-06

wait...tried it again. got to 122 on a 2.4 ghz processor with 0.75 gigs of ram, running XP SP1. go ahead and post if you like. i also opened task manager.

onlyonebowman (author)ultrauber2008-07-25

your computer must be old, you should update to sp3

ultrauber (author)onlyonebowman2008-08-03

When we tried to update to SP2, our computer got all screwed up. We had to get a new hard drive. We haven't updated since.

Azor (author)ultrauber2009-01-13

how do u update I tried once, but could not find it. I have no internet...... :(

ultrauber (author)Azor2009-04-30

Microsoft is evil, there's no way without internet.

Tomahawk92 (author)ultrauber2011-10-16

that's not true i went to SP3 with no internet. i just downloaded it at a library put it on my flash drive and used it at home =]

cool! (author)Tomahawk922011-10-16

Haha check those dates :)

Saturn V (author)ultrauber2010-06-18

Why do you think Microsoft is evil?

ReCreate (author)ultrauber2009-06-04


ultrauber (author)Azor2009-01-16

Without internet...I don't know if you can. Try calling customer service. Maybe you can order discs? Then again, they'd just make you buy Vista.

ReCreate (author)ultrauber2009-08-26

Haha no, they still support XP

freakworx (author)Azor2009-04-06

Get a friend to download Windows SP3 for you, i've run it from a USB stick before now. No problemo. The easiest option all together is to get rid of windows... I keep trying to do this, but as i'm using the family computer - people don't like what they don't know... Allyn ~ FreakWorx

ultrauber (author)freakworx2009-08-25

we actually just got a new computer - so no wirries there. but we have a new problem - VISTA

cool! (author)freakworx2009-04-10

Ubuntu rox teh werld Download the live cd and give your family the tour. PS Jaunty Jackalope in 13 days! !

lucek (author)Azor2009-02-16

most updates are designed to keep you "safe" on the internet so if you don't have it. . . .

Millawi Legend (author)ultrauber2010-04-11

My record is a 146 Firefox's open on a vista machine with 2gb of ram and a 2ghz processor.

R.A.T.M (author)2011-07-25

on a school computer i figured out that if you use the arrow key to get to the icon (Google earth the slowest) then hold enter for ever they wont start to open till you let go and then a minet after so much fun to do to friends when there not looking then you say hey and they turn around to a disaster we held it fore 5 minest they all came up like 476 then we put more on top of it and 2 came up then it said system fail yer and shut off

thats 478

bleachworthy (author)2008-10-03

quote from dell picture: "For some reason, this USB drive looks best next to or in Dell computers. cool!" perhaps it's because you used Dell keys? : D

zimmemic25 (author)bleachworthy2008-11-05

dell laptops are the only one that are broken before they are sold...

Shut Up Now (author)zimmemic252008-11-24


zimmemic25 (author)Shut Up Now2008-11-28

its a fact...

UbuntuNinja (author)zimmemic252009-03-28

windows computers are the only ones that are broken before they are sold...although you are probably right about dell's. my friend had a dell desktop running windows XP and eventually, it got so full of viruses and other assorted malware that it became very slow and almost unusable so it was replaced with a Mac. lol

Saturn V (author)UbuntuNinja2010-06-18

It wasn't a problem with the computer, he just didn't maintain it. Did he ever uninstall programs he ever used, or had a antivirus like Norton?

bleachworthy (author)zimmemic252008-11-29

I've had my e1505 for a few years now, and I run it HARD all day, and most of the night 365 days a year - only thing broken on it is the D key, and that's because it gets used way more than anything else. oh, and the screen hinge is a *little* wobbley.

ReCreate (author)zimmemic252009-08-26

What do i see here, A broken mac, Not even sold?

cool! (author)bleachworthy2008-10-04


NightGod (author)2010-03-02

Even two years ago laptop keyboards didn't cost $200. If you're really having trouble finding one free, you can usually get a complete keyboard for about $20-30 off Ebay.

Madrias357 (author)2010-01-19

I could do this.   Windows 7 and a nice computer.  You'll hate my taskbar, though.

Madrias357 (author)Madrias3572010-01-19

Ah, I only got 408 open, then it crashed before I could screen-shot it.

morganlowe (author)2008-03-31

670 killed this rig, C2D E6420 at3.0GHZ with 6GB of RAM and Vista Ultimate X64... great mod, by the way!

cool! (author)morganlowe2008-04-01

Holy s****! And with transparency on! Nice computer. Ill put this on the instructable if it is ok with you.

morganlowe (author)cool!2008-04-01

Go for it.. I should make on for a looping batch... that's how I opened them. Batch was as follows: :launch [path to firefox.exe] goto :launch that's it.. loop until you kill the batch

cool! (author)morganlowe2008-04-01

Good idea... I just had an idea to crash a victim's computer with this instead of a shutdown shortcut like this

dash24 (author)cool!2009-10-27


cool! (author)2009-03-29

Well, i might not agree that windows computers are broken when they are sold, but it is certainly harder to get a virus on linux :) ! I use Ubuntu most of the time, and have installed it on many windows computers that are "Broken"; While windows is not always broken, it is quite bloated, and does require virus protection. Even with it it runs slower than linux. So I choose Ubuntu. But I try to respect windows users.

zimmemic25 (author)cool!2009-04-14

i mean the fact that 10% of Dell PCs (new, from factory) are broken.

ReCreate (author)zimmemic252009-08-26

...aka happens to everything

Arbitror (author)2009-06-16

I will have to try the Firefox window thing! I have 9 GB of RAM, and I will be using MachineMouse!

ReCreate (author)2009-06-10

At First i thought that you got a normal thumb drive and cut it to fit the key XD

PyroMonger (author)2009-01-29

your friend josh didnt get 4,345 windows open. I zoomed in on the picture (quality was greatly lacking) and looks more like 311.

Derin (author)PyroMonger2009-02-14

He said he opened the software "Firefox 3 beta 4" 345 times.

cool! (author)PyroMonger2009-01-29

Sorry, he got 345 windows open of firefox 3 beta 4. I can see how it looks like that. "firefox 3 beta 4 345" I will make that more clear Thanks

cool! (author)cool!2009-01-29

Hmm firefox not letting me edit.

Azor (author)2009-01-13

You have the same Firefox theme as me!!

computerwiz_222 (author)2008-03-31

Do this with ie 6 and I can get to about 200 on a school computer before it crashes and restarts

cool! (author)computerwiz_2222008-04-01

Firefox is better :) DISSSSS Dont use IE! just kiddin. But anyway, thanks for commenting!

ac1D (author)cool!2009-01-05

You can't say that X or Y browser are better than Z browser, they all have something better or something less better. Firefox for exemple, suck your ram.

Clayton H. (author)cool!2008-05-24

I aggre it's a lot better than Internet EXPLODER lol:)

Shadowfury (author)Clayton H.2008-12-09

Anything's better than IE. Use Chrome, it's better than all the others.(FireFox and Safari come second)

alexh934 (author)Shadowfury2008-12-24

it isn't better in all aspects. Safari has a very clean interface along with Chrome which is also very fast. Firefox tops all the other browsers because of the amount of addons available at the moment. Opera and Chrome are the fastest web browsers though.

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