Introduction: Simple Micro Sd Card Organizer
I needed a way to organize and carry multiple micro SD cards in a small package. Here is a quck and simple solution from materials I had on hand.
This little organizer would be great for photographers, music lovers, or anyone who wants to carry a lot of data. You could even take movies with you!
Step 1: Find a Small Case.
I used the case that a card and adapter came in.
Step 2: Remove the Plastic From Inside the Case.
This can be easily done by first using a needle nose pliers to twist off the plastic. Once the plastic is twisted off a razor blade can be used to clean up the remaining plastic. Use caution when cutting the plastic out. This step can be a lot more dangerous than it looks.
An alternate way to remove the plastic is to use a dremel cut off wheel at low speed. Using it at high speed will melt the plastic.
Step 3: Find Material to Create Card Sleeves.
When working with electronic components it is important to use materials that will not create static. Some materials when rubbed together will create a static charge that can damage electronics. This charge build up is called the triboelectric effect. When the a charge is released to flow to another object this is called ElectroStatic Discharge. ESD is what can damage electronic components.
There should be very little danger of a charge building up in this setup because of the material and because there will be no rubbing since the cardboard is cut to fit snugly in the container.
The foam used to package microchips would be ideal for this project but I didn't have any. Instead I used the most electrically neutral material I could find. To see if there is a potential difference between two materials you can use the triboelectric series as a guide.
A note on cardboard. Some cardboard has a coating on it that will change it's properties.
Following are some links regarding the triboelectric effect and ESD:
Step 4: Cut Pockets in the Material.
Initally, I was going to cut holes the shape of the cards into some material (cardboard). I eventually decided that making pockets would hold the cards more securely.
Determine how many cards will fit in the container. I decided six cards would be good for this container.
Mark lines that are the width of the cards. This will be the opening of the pocket the cards slide into.
Slice the lines open.
Insert a knife into the opening to cut out the pocket interior. If you cut downward at a slight angle you will be able to overlap rows of cards.
Step 5: Clean Up the Container and Test the Pockets.
Remove any cardboard dust from the holder and tests out the pockets.
Step 6: Use the Micro SD Organizer.
Keep this in your wallet or purse for all your data needs. Using a felt tip pen you can write the card contents onto the cardboard. It should be possible to color code the cards using nail polish or a dab of paint. You can keep a piece of paper with the colors and card contents in or with the organizer.
Pictured is my geeky use for this item. It is my portable software tool kit. Between this kit and my trusty leatherman I am ready for anything.
The kit contains:
2 micro sd to usb adapters (one for OS and one for data)
a micro sd to sd adapter
micro usb OTG adapter (for using cards on mobile devices)
change purse with two sides. (one side for change)
micro sd cards
The micro sd cards currently contain
Puppy linux - A 32 bit operating system that can bring old computers to life and can run entirely in ram.
Tails - The amnesic incognito live system - An operating system aimed at preserving your privacy and anonyminity
Linux Mint KDE 64 bit- My current OS. A very nice operating system.
Portable apps and Windows tools- Lots of windows software that can run directly from usb.
There are many other live tools to consider, such as partition managers and recovery disks.