Introduction: USB Drive Altoid Smalls Mod

Looks like an altoids smalls tin, but also holds a USB drive...

Step 1: What You Need

a) scissors
b) lots of duct tape
c) altoids smalls tin
d) usb drive - the typical size i.e. cruzer mini

Note: I had fully built this before I wrote the instructable, so some pictures may not fit the step. Also, in the below picture the usb isn't supposed to be inside the case already.

This is my first instructable.

Step 2: Open Up the Front

Slide open the tin and empty out the mints. Set the cover aside for a moment. Now look at the bottom. You see that little lip that runs along the edge? Cut just the front part of that off. Now you need to cut the hole for the drive itself. Since drives are unique, cut out a rectangle that fits the front plug of the usb. If this is confusing, look at the picture to see how it should fit.

Step 3: Attach the Drive

Now you have to secure the usb in the case. The way I did this is by rolling up duct tape to pad the walls and hold the usb in place. Then just put a big piece over it all.
When taping, make sure no tape goes outside the walls of the case, otherwise you will never be able to open/close it. When done it should look like the picture.

An alternative would be to hot glue it into place.

Step 4: Cap It Off

To finish, slide the cover into place and plug it into a computer. Make sure that it can smoothly slide into the port without the new case blocking it. If it does not work, you may need to go back to step 2, only making the hole bigger so that the usb comes out more.

Once the usb fits into the computer, test saving and opening files on it to assure that it is fine.
It runs a bit hot because of the metal tin, but it still works fine.

And now, you're done!

Update: I now have taken the dinky 512MB one and put in my new 4GB. This time I tried the hot glue, but I put a piece of duct tape on the bottom so that I can take it out if I start to hate it.


!Andrew_Modder! (author)2008-01-19

hey i got that same kingston usb flash drive lol (got it 4 free :-D). lol ill try this if i ever buy tho's lil altoids xD.


Yeah me too. Except mine cost $8 dollars from Its a 4gb.

ultrauber (author)joejoerowley2008-02-07

I just got a 4gb for $20 of amazon, the kingston one. i checked, but i couldn't find yours

Krayzi99 (author)ultrauber2011-07-31

4 gig for 5 bucks!


w8 ... wha??? 4gb for 8?... i got a 1gb with that google check out 4 free. when did you get it?? oh w8 was it 8$ after the 10$ off?

Wasagi (author)!Andrew_Modder!2008-03-01

"Google check out 4 free" Where's that? Where is that?

!Andrew_Modder! (author)Wasagi2008-03-01

lol. on there is google checkout for new users, and you get 10$ off your order. so it was 10$-10$=free ;-)

Wasagi (author)!Andrew_Modder!2008-03-02

Awesome! I'll psee what I can get!


IDK. My dad got like 10 off them at a discount price a while ago.


lol ya ok.


how... did... you... get... it... for... FREE?

ultrauber (author)mettaurlover2008-08-20

Read down in the comments.

safety dance (author)2008-03-29

what can this contraption of mine be!? sorry about the bad image quality... i used my webcam...

this link!why the worlds first smalls web/security cam! ;) btw check out my youtube@

hackmattr (author)safety dance2009-06-11

I have a spare webcam from a couple years ago that this would be perfect for

cj72396 (author)2009-03-30

I made one of these after seeing this instructable. Its cool. (PIc coming soon)

superfufu (author)2009-03-05

i got the same kingston flash drive i got it for free too actually i found it

Doctor What (author)2008-03-13

I did this a while back, because my case to my flash drive broke. If I were you, I would use hotglue instead of tape. It holds it in much better!

ultrauber (author)Doctor What2008-03-14

yeah, i know. when i made this i had no hot glue gun so i had to use the duct tape. now i got a new 4GB and hot glued it in, but it just fell out (the hot glue just couldn't hold on any longer) so i just stuffed the empty space with tissues. it was meant to be a short term solution, but i have kept it like that since.

Doctor What (author)ultrauber2008-03-16

Good job on the ible! (btw).

Wasagi (author)2008-03-01

iIsuppose you could put otherstuff in there, like a few bills, or a key.

Gizmo_gal (author)2008-02-05

Nice trick. I cant wait to see my family do double takes as I hook up various things to the family pc. <,_,> o o

ultrauber (author)Gizmo_gal2008-02-07

hehehe i love that 2

LinuxH4x0r (author)2008-01-20

Nice! A little big?

ultrauber (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-01-24

i suppose it could be a bit big. it depends on what you're looking for. I have seen some huge usb drives (look at all the ones made out of dolls) and some very small ones. there might be a smaller altoids case, which could work well.

LinuxH4x0r (author)ultrauber2008-01-24

It's better than most, but I really don't have that much space (check out metal usb -thats how I did mine) I didn't mean it bad, just a suggestion.

Shifrin (author)2008-01-20

This is really Cool! The best part is you don't have to take apart your USB, and risk braking it, so later if you don't like it you can just take it back out! Nice! -Shifrin

cool! (author)2008-01-20

My school gave them out for free.

GorillazMiko (author)2008-01-20

Cool, me likes. I like this too because I don't have to pry open the USB drive and stuff, nice job! +1 rating. (added to favorites)