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USB Mouse Flash Drive Hack

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Got an old mouse and a flash drive laying around? Put them together and make a USB Mouse Flash Drive! This is my first Instructable, any constructive criticism will be appreciated.
 
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Step 1: Materials Needed

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You will need:

USB flash drive
Old Mouse
USB extension cord
Dremel (optional) (not shown)
Assorted Screwdrivers (not shown)

Step 2: Disassemble the Mouse

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Disassemble the mouse. Yes, the mouse has a PS/2 connector, this is the main reason that I used it for this project, since it is pretty much obsolete.

Step 3: Disassemble the USB Extension

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Disassemble the USB Extension. This may be different for different extensions. Mine was previously used on a Logitech wireless keyboard and mouse, so I just unscrewed it and took it apart. You may have to peel back the plastic on yours to reveal the USB connector.

Step 4: Disassemble the Flash Drive

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Disassemble the Flash Drive. This usually consists of simply popping the case off of the electronics inside.

Step 5: Begin Reassembly

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Put the scroll wheel back in the mouse (just for more realism). Then connect the USB extension to the flash drive and place it in the mouse wherever it will fit.

Step 7: Finish Assembly

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The flash drive should fit under the top of the mouse with no contact. Put it all back together.
premald3 years ago
I had one question, how does the PC know this is a mouse? Won't the PC identify this as a Flash Drive, rather than a mouse? Or maybe I'm misunderstanding the application...I have an old style mouse and I want to make it into a USB mouse, so I thought of using this instructable...can you please help?
fairypenguin22 (author)  premald3 years ago
This 'ible is for making a flash drive. This will not function as a mouse when you are done with it. It is made to fool people. You can get an adapter to make a PS/2 mouse into a USB mouse, however.