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Star Wars Flash Drive

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Turn your boring old flash drive into a piece of aweome Geekware. I used a mold of Han in Carbonite. I was inspired by Enter The USB and the like. I get cool ideas from HackNMod.com and (of course) Instructables!


**Materials:
A flash drive
Something to put the flash drive into (a supercool mold of Han Solo in Carbonite, for example)
Something to attach it with (epoxy, duct tape, etc.)
Knife (or something else sharp and pointy)

**Possibly needed:
Scissors (to make the drive fit in the case)
 
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Step 1: Get your flash drive

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Obtain a flash drive. This can be done at any office supply or computer store.

**NOTE**: I am not in any way to be held liable for your actions, and/or any injury or destruction of property that may occur.

Step 2: Open 'er up!

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Take a knife (I'm using a standard knife I have from when I was in the Boy Scouts) and try to find the "seam", or the place where the plastic is fused together on the drive. Usually found along the sides. Once you've found it, place the sharpest and pointiest knife (or other thing, such as a letter opener) along the seam and press diagonally through the plastic. Eventually you should hear a cracking sound as your blade penetrates the plastic. With the point inside the plastic, work the knife back and forth (slowly and carefully!) along the side of the drive. Work it all the way around until all the plastic either comes off on its own or is easy to snap off. Mine snapped off after going only about half way.

Step 3: Find some kind of case

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I personally used a plastic action figure mold of Han Solo in Carbonite to house my flash drive. Pretty much anything that it will fit into without being A. Too small or B. Too heavy will work. Mine was a little on the large side, but that's fine because it was extremely light.
I've done something similar but used the Han Solo in carbonite mould as a 4 port USB hub. I cut all the square "panels" out of the side and glue gunned in the innards of a cheap USB hub. It worked really well as you can see from the pictures. All I need now is a piece of grey plastic for the back...
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You should submit an instructable, please.
Thats awesome!
those are both realy cool nice-ible's
Awesome I Have A Han Solo Shirt With Him Froze In Carbonite.

Gamer9174 years ago
where did you get the han solo thing, i am a huge starwars fan but i hate episode 3
...You are my hero.
dudeguy1234 (author)  InsertWittyName5 years ago
:D
wow, it looks awesome :O love the t-shirt too
dudeguy1234 (author)  nick000bristow5 years ago
Thanks.
dtfgator5 years ago
Nice iMac.. Macs rule!!! btw... Mr. Linux.. Ubuntu isn't that great...
jillg dtfgator5 years ago
once you go mac, you cant go back.
%5 of ALL software is mac compatible, that means that %95 is for either linux or windows. So that's one of the reasons as to why mac programs are so expensive. That truly the only reason as to why i dont like mac. And you know Mac is this proverbial "people computer" but for school ive been using it for the past 5-6 week and still don't understand it, and i build computers so if really anybody was going to get the hang of it, it would be me....... but hay opinions are what make the world go around.
I build computers too, write code in HTML, Python, AppleScript and C++, and find mac the best. Windows is just terrible in every possible way, and when something goes wrong in Ubuntu, Red Hat, Solaris or FreeBSD, you find yourself looking through the bios for hours trying to fix the issue. Besides, Wine (the windows to linux converter) is a pain, and a lot of thing don't even have GUI.
yes, i would have to agree as far as writeing code etc, but for the average users that only use it for every day things windows i feel is worthy....
GreenDay6 years ago
Sweet, but just out of curiosity, why are all the pictures inversed?
dudeguy1234 (author)  GreenDay6 years ago
Because I took them with my built-in iSight Camera
Ahh... another flaw with Macs :p
dudeguy1234 (author)  GreenDay6 years ago
you know of a better built in camera? or at least one that doesn't reverse images? thought not.
I'm just an anti-mac person. I don't like them, and they don't like working for me.
in other words u struggle to use one? just stick to windows my friend,
*pats on head* :P
That's actually it. I hate the damn mouse on them. If I could plug in my windows mouse it'd be awesome, but of course macs don't like windows mouses (or atleast in my case).
may i ask which mouse ur using with it? personally i use a razer diamond back.
I've got the logitech G5.
usb overdrive, all ur windows mice/mac os x dreams made true. i agree the mac mouse is nothing compared to both razer and logitech.
dudeguy1234 (author)  gmjhowe6 years ago
Whatever. well, my mac mouse owns. so, yeah. and I DO own a nice logitech mouse and I CHOOSE NOT TO USE IT! If you want to spam on mac, go to http://www.mac-sucks.com/ , not Instructables. and please, take your eleven-year-old drivel elsewhere unless you decide to actually contribute, not bash.
Alright, this will be my last post on this topic then. First of all, at no point do I bash you. I was voicing my opinion (which would fall under the first amendment if I was American) on macs. Secondly, it is 17 year old drivel (but to judge drivel based on age would be considered ageism, and so far the 'drivel' has been mature). My final point is that you mentioned compatibility issues with Vista. I'm running Vista Ultimate 64-bit, and thus far haven't found any compatibility issues that don't have a work around. Thanks for the link to the anti-mac forum, I'd post there, but everyone would be in agreeance, and where's the fun there? Again, sweet Instructable.
dudeguy1234 (author)  GreenDay6 years ago
I appreciate the compliment. Did you even watch the video? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0sy2i5FMcI shows a tech reviewer, jimmy r, and all his problems with Vista, pre-patches, updates and stuff. Leopard, however, comes problem free with installation. (And is also about half of the price of Vista).
And, in case you didn't notice, the anti mac forum was meant as a joke. you know that while windows was still in XP (Don't get me wrong, XP is awesome) there were several NEW OS's while Vista's development took over 5 YEARS? Any major developments to show that besides a lack of "Start" on the Start Menu, a shiny new interface (woopdeedoo...coverflow was integrated on iTunes a looooongggg time ago), and Readyboost?
Come on. bring some intelligent arguments besides "It sucks and I hate it."
Also, you said "I'm running Vista Ultimate 64-bit, and thus far haven't found any compatibility issues that don't have a WORK AROUND." What 'work arounds" does Leopard need? are any of their programs completely nonfunctional????
I honestly think that the mac windows arguement is a matter of to each their own. They both have their pros and cons.
well, personally i beleave that and ultimate set-up consists of a carefully set up equilbrium of mac os x, windows, and linux. a carefull equalibrium thats all running on my macbook. *cracks whip*
dudeguy1234 (author)  gmjhowe6 years ago
haha..yeah! well, I'm gonna partition my drive soon and put on xp and ubuntu
dual booting is fine, but 3 os can be a pain as its not supported by apple. u also need the latest version of xp with sp2 on one disc. i personally use parellels on my macbook, with 2 gigs of ram it quite happily runs windows xp as if was an application on my desktop (i also use this for linux)
LordV gmjhowe5 years ago
So macs have a flaw then? Also, to add to the argument, almost everything is made for pc's, so good luck finding many things (other then the fact that more things are going open source). Also, you are only commenting on the software, in particular osx, when a mac is a type of machine, not an operating system. You might as well build a pc for 1200$ less and put osx on it.
gmjhowe LordV5 years ago
I never said mac was flawless - just that it had alot less flaws than windows. To counter your argument - name any program for windows, and i will find you an alterntative that does the job just as well, or better. Ive built many a computer before, both for work and play, and i tell you now, i would pay the extra money for a mac anyday - there better built, and just all round more reliable. Also, you shouldnt use the argument of hardware and software, because too often people compare lack luster yesterday technology with apples current innovative technology.
LordV gmjhowe5 years ago
first of all, you should realize that you are fighting two arguments at one. In the definition of a mac, on should be talking totally of hardware, to argue operating system, one must specify. I can put OSX on a pc therefore PC>MAC if one were to talk about toal upgradableness and amount of avaliable parts. As well, apple puts a lot of shiney things on their macs like the accelerometer on the mac book. I know its true purpose is to turn off the hard drive, but its really just there as a geek toy.
gmjhowe LordV5 years ago
Im more than happy to fight both arguments - but i prefer the words discussion and debate. Hands down my powermac is alot easier to upgrade than a pc - have you had a go inside of one of these things? An i put exactly the same parts in that you would in your pc. Yes i will admit that apple charges alot of money for 'apple parts', but i buy mine off ebay. As for the accelerometer, well i havnt used it as a geek toy, but i kno someone who was overly pleased when they found out the accelerometer had saved there harddrive out of there ibm thinkpad....
LordV gmjhowe5 years ago
so basically you have a pc in a mac shell, with the mac os
gmjhowe LordV5 years ago
no, its a mac, pay attention please.
LordV gmjhowe5 years ago
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dudeguy1234 (author)  LordV5 years ago
or I could have a good mac that won't need to be fixed; for the life of the machine, everything will work as it should. I don't mind paying a little extra for the quality and OSX included. /ends flame war
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